Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel encourage residents to explore broadband options

With another 7,500 premises in Cornwall set to be upgraded to fibre based broadband by 2020, Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel are encouraging local residents to find out more about their broadband options.

Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms, Chair of Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel, said: “Via Superfast Cornwall, Cornwall Council has built a fibre based network covering 90% of premises in Cornwall and enabling them to connect to superfast broadband speeds of over 24Mbps. 

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“Improving local broadband is a priority for Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel, and we know many people in the area aren’t sure whether they can connect to fibre or how to connect if their area has already been upgraded.  The good news is that it’s quick and easy to find out online and a quarter of the premises being upgraded to fibre in the latest programme of work are in south-east Cornwall.”

Details of the planned rollout, which is part funded by the EU, as well as information about who can connect and options for those who are outside the fibre area are available from the Superfast Cornwall website.

For those in more remote areas who may not be able to connect to conventional fibre, there are alternatives available including mobile broadband and the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Mobile broadband can be a solution for those in areas with good 4G mobile coverage.  Superfast Cornwall has a highly sensitive internal antenna device that can be loaned out to test to see if 4G would work for you.  The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme provides grants to small businesses and the communities surrounding them towards the installation costs of a gigabit capable connection.  Details are available on the Superfast Cornwall website.

The next Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meeting takes place on Monday 11 June at 6.30pm in St Keyne Village Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend to hear the latest broadband update and learn more about local matters.

Story posted 7 June 2018