The first eight villages in Cornwall to benefit from a £132m scheme to bring super-fast broadband to the whole of the country have been revealed.

Some 10,000 businesses and homes in the Chiverton Cross area, Leedstown, St Agnes, Portreath, St Day, Devoran, Stenalees and Par, will be able to access speeds of 'up to' 100Mbps by March

The project, which was unveiled by BT and which Cornwall Council earlier this year, will see 80 to 90 percent of homes and businesses in Cornwall given access to the web via fibre broadband – a mixture of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology.

The remaining residents in Cornwall will be connected to the web using satellite, wireless and other technologies.

BT is investing £78.5m into the scheme, with the remaining £53.5m coming from the EU Convergence Fund, which is designed to improve the economies of cities across the European Union.

"It is excellent news that the first Cornish businesses and homes will have access to super-fast broadband at such an early stage," said Jon Reynolds, BT South West regional director

"This is a transformational project, which will boost the productivity of local businesses and help to attract a more diverse range of high-growth companies to the area. It will play a major role in creating a more prosperous Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

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