It's no mystery to anyone - connecting small coastal villages to
broadband (let alone superfast broadband) is
definitely not a piece of cake.
The narrow roads, the complex geography, the
"natural" sidewalks as opposed to actual pavements, all of
these factors make the situation more unattractive to main
stream internet service providers.
However Cornwall-based coastal village of
Polperro has been saved by its local
Methodist church, seeing as it was not
economically viable (nor possible) for BT to set up one of its
fibre optic broadband cabinets (FTTC) anywhere nearby.
However, the grounds that belong to the local Methodist church
have become the key in deploying superfast broadband, seeing as BT
was able to set up a fibre optic cabinet which now successfully
connects the villagers to broadband speeds of 67Mbps on
The Manager of BTOpenreach Local Network division, Mark
Morris, said that without the help of the Methodist
Church, Polperro would probably not see or smell superfast
broadband for a very long time.
According to him "it was really the only location which was
viable. Thank heaven, they were tremendously helpful and allowed us
to go ahead."
Not many villagers have been connected as yet (around 20) but
the number is set to grow seeing as this still is only a freshly