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Cornwall to benefit from phone coverage investment

The map below sets out the local authority areas that stand to benefit from MIP investment, and Arqiva has begun identifying suitable sites in a phased manner.

Once suitable sites are identified, Arqiva will work to acquire rights to the sites and obtain planning permission before beginning the physical roll-out of infrastructure.

Cornwall will be in 'Phone 2' phase. Credit: Arqiva Limited

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Cornwall gets phone coverage boost

This project will see mobile phone coverage extended to many of the people who currently live and work in areas where there is none.

The project will provide a significant boost to local economies across the UK, and will be instrumental in helping Britain win the global race.”

– Ed Vaizey MP, Communications Minister.

More mobile phone coverage for Cornwall

Cornwall is to benefit from the Government's £150million investment in mobile 'phone coverage.

The Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) will extend mobile phone coverage to the county where no coverage is currently available, providing a sustainable technological solution for people living and working in the region.

Seven Devon and Somerset towns to get superfast broadband

Seven rural towns and villages have been named as the first communities to benefit from the major £94 million scheme to get superfast internet.

By the end of this year, high-speed fibre optic broadband will start to become available in:

  • Moretonhampstead
  • Holsworthy
  • Sticklepath (near Okehampton)
  • Bradford on Tone
  • Bishops Lydeard
  • Creech St Michael
  • Monkton Heathfield (near Taunton)

Construction work for Sticklepath and Bradford on Tone has started three months early.

By early 2014, 15,000 homes and businesses in these areas will benefit from the new technology.

It is estimated that about 400,000 kilometres of optical fibre will need to be laid.

The first phase of the programme will also include extending fibre broadband in Taunton and Bridgwater, most of which have already been upgraded.

High speed fibre broadband is a key driver of economic growth and development. It has the potential to transform our rural businesses and communities, improve productivity, and enable business to access new markets while breaking down the digital divide within our communities. It will also improve and transform the delivery of public information and services.

– Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council

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Tractor Wifi system at Glastonbury

A festival-goer on the phone at a previous Glastonbury Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Glastonbury Festival-goers will be able to keep in touch this week, thanks to an unlikely piece of farm equipment. One of festival organiser Michael Eavis's tractors has been converted into a 4G wifi hotspot. It will be driven around the site at Worthy Farm during this weekend's event.

Huge wind farm planned for North Devon

Wind farm planned for North Devon Credit: ITV News West Country

A planning application has been submitted to build two hundred and forty wind turbines in the Bristol Channel.

The wind farm would be sixteen kilometres off the North Devon coast near Woolacombe. Over the next month the planning inspectorate will look at the application from Channel Energy Limited, and decide whether to give it formal consideration.

The plans have caused a lot of anger in and around Woolacombe, with many believing the wind farm could damage tourism in the area.

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