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BT and Methodist church bring fast broadband to Polperro

Monday, August 6th 2012 by Paul France
BT teams up with Polperro Methodist Church for fibre optic broadband rollout

Polperro Methodist Church has allowed BT to install a broadband street cabinet on its property.

BT has rolled out fibre optic broadband to the Cornish village of Polperro with help from the local Methodist church.

The telecoms giant's engineers faced a headache in trying to install a street cabinet in the picturesque village, which is characterised by narrow roads, many of which have no pavements.

After extensive investigations, the only location deemed suitable for the cabinet fell within the yard of Polperro Methodist Church.

Fortunately for residents and businesses in need of super-fast broadband, the church was "tremendously helpful" and allowed the installation to go ahead, explained Mark Morris, a manager for BT's local access network business Openreach.

Some 20 customers in the village have already started using the next-generation broadband service.

Rev Ruth Goodland, superintendent minister for the Liskeard and Looe Methodist Circuit, said: "We didn't want Polperro to miss out on this exciting technology and so were delighted to help.

"Working with and for the local community is very important to us."

In the Diocese of Norwich, the Church of England has played its part in delivering faster broadband to local villages by allowing transmitters to be attached to church spires.

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