Super-fast Broadband is Coming to Porthleven
Last year it was announced that Cornwall would be one of the first areas of the UK to receive super-fast broadband. This could mean many homes and business could receive speeds of up to 100mb. The current average in Cornwall is between 1mb and 10mb.
I blogged before about my disappointment that Porthleven would not be one of the first in Cornwall to receive this service. In fact Porthleven has to rely on the Helston exchange for its current broadband service. So, if Helston is down the pecking order, so is Porthleven.
The exchange in Helston was not due for the super-fast broadband upgrade till 2013. This in my opinion was too long of a wait. Other residents agreed with me because they wrote to me asking for me to push up Porthleven up the waiting list. Whilst I do not have a say in who gets it first, I did make representations to officers at Cornwall Council asking for them to push for Porthleven (and Helston) being higher up on the list.
Today I received an email from a helpful officer who informed me that Porthleven would be able to receive super-fast broadband next year. It is hoped it could be be completed in the first six months, but I have been told it will be by the end of the year.
This is great news for Porthleven, as the current broadband service is a little erratic with speeds varying in different homes; even those who are next door to each other. For instance, I receive an average 4-5mb download speeds, but I know others who fail to get half of that.
I shall keep you informed when I know more.