Monday, May 14, 2012

Cornwall - Labs project to research topics/services that benefit from superfast broadband

BT’s Superfast Cornwall is funded by the EU, BT and Cornwall Council, and managed by Cornwall Development Company. It will bring Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) enabling speeds of up to 80 Mbps in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Recombu reports an initiative for research into fields where 80Mbps broadband can benefit residents of Cornwall in ways other than being able to stream multiple HD movies.

The Superfast Cornwall Labs project at University College Falmouth (UCF) will conduct research into areas such as delivery of public and remote e-services (similar to NHS Direct), distance learning and other creative endeavours. The Labs will create three PhD placements for research into these areas.

Already underway is the 'University of the Village' project between UCF, University of Glamorgan, BT and rural communities in Cornwall and Wales. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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