BT has announced that it will be connecting Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with super-fast broadband, a project touted as the biggest fibre-optic roll out in the United Kingdom.
The telephony and broadband service provider has revealed its plans to provide at least 90 per cent of homes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with a super-fast fibre-optic broadband connection, reports BBC News.
The £132 million project will receive funds of £78.5 million and £53.5 million from BT and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) respectively. The project is expected to be complete by 2014.
According to communication minister Ed Vaizey, who launched the giant project at Newquay's Fistral beach, the move is an important step towards government’s resolution to provide the UK with the best broadband connection in Europe.
"The government wants the UK to have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015, so today's announcement is a big step towards that goal," he said.
Cornwall council leader Alec Robertson said: "Local businesses will be given an important head start through early access to world-class communications and will dramatically increase their competitiveness. The high speeds on offer will attract new business investment into Cornwall, creating thousands of new job opportunities."