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Cornwall has the highest percentage of households able to get super fast broadband of any rural region in Europe - according to the EU. That amounts to eight out of ten households in the county.
But other parts of the south west aren't faring so well. In some areas of Devon and Somerset, communities will have to wait until 2016 to be connected.
Our business correspondent Seth Conway reports
More than 8 out of 10 households in Cornwall can now receive Superfast Broadband. BT has made the announcement today (Monday) declaring that the Duchy isn't only one of the best connected areas in Britain it's also the best connected rural region in Europe.
Research by Plymouth University and Buckman Associates found the increased speeds available with fibre broadband has led to 6 out of 10 small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) growing. 83% of SMEs say it's saved them time and money. More than a quarter have created or safeguarded jobs as a result.
Some of Devon and Somerset have to wait until 2016 for faster broadband speeds. Connecting Devon and Somerset, in partnership with BT, has begun to roll out fibre broadband to remote parts of both counties. Sticklepath in Devon and Bradford on Tone in Somerset are now already connected.
Research out today is expected to show that superfast broadband has had a positive impact on the Cornish economy.
The county was the first in the region to see a roll out of fibre cabling.