Monday, 21 July 2014

Getting superfast broadband into Penzance town center

Superfast broadband was hailed as a great thing, superfast Cornwall was to bring lots of benefits and give us the fastest internet connections in the world. Although the fibre optic cables have been laid in Penzance there is a remarkable situation whereby parts of the town center can't get access to it. A couple of businesses have spoken to me expressing their frustration at this. I think this needs to change and I have been busy this morning emailing around town center businesses trying to understand what problems this is causing and building the argument that the economic benefits of a business having superfast broadband are not being felt here. Leaving one of Cornwall's biggest town centers in a 'chocolate fireguard situation' of being among the 5% not able to utilise this technology that was seen as key to revitalizing the economy. As Superfast Cornwall explain on their website:

"Funded by the European Union, BT and Cornwall Council, and managed by Cornwall Development Company, Superfast Cornwall will improve the lives of the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, giving a much needed boost to the economy. Learning, playing and working will be transformed, encouraging innovation amongst the regions businesses."

This PZ deadspot is due the fact the exchange in Penzance is in the middle of town so most of the shops and offices can't connect, despite the fact fibre cables run outside their properties. http://www.superfastcornwall.org/ offers this:


The questions I sent are as follows, I did email just over 40 local businesses and have had a half dozen replies already not all of the town centre shops, offices and organisations I have been able to contact so far. If that includes you please email me (if you don't mind) robscornishblog@gmail.com with your answers any other comments and the name of your organisation.

UPDATE: with many thanks to Simon Nebesnuick (follow him on twitter here) he has created a much simpler google form to do the questions below, click here

Does your company use the internet to generate business?

On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is the internet to your business?

Would a faster internet connection improve your business?

Do you have access to Superfast broadband i.e FTTP (fibre to the premises)?

Would you upgrade to superfast if it was available?

Without superfast in the town center would you consider relocating to somewhere with superfast access?

Did you think the large investment in superfast broadband roll out in Cornwall was:

good for business in general?

good for Penzance?

good for your business?