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ISP Vtesse Brings Superfast Broadband to Hatt and Higher Pill Rural UK Villages

Posted: 19th Aug, 2010 By: MarkJ
vtesse uk broadband ispISP Vtesse Broadband (Vtesse Networks), which specialises in delivering "super-fast" internet connections into otherwise niche rural UK communities, has now made its broadband service available to all residents of two Cornish communities - Hatt and Higher Pill.

Some 574 households in Higher Pill, and a further 262 in Hatt, which have until now only been able to get very slow sub-2Mbps broadband via BT's aging copper network, can now access speeds of up to 40Mbps using FTTC technology.

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Aidan Paul, Chief Executive of Vtesse Broadband, said:

"Hatt and Higher Pill, like so many places in Cornwall and the South West, have endured painfully slow broadband connections, making even the simplest online task – sending an email attachment, checking the weather forecast or uploading photos to Facebook – a complete chore. Super-fast broadband makes all this information available at the touch of a button and really has the power to change the way these communities use the internet for work, study and leisure."

Prior to launching this new service, Vtesse Broadband conducted joint technical trails with Virgin Media UK, offering super-fast broadband to 15 households in Hatt and Higher Pill.

Aidan Paul added:

"The response to these trials was fantastic. Having been stuck in the digital slow lane for so long, participants were able to enjoy services like BBC iPlayer, YouTube HD and LOVEFiLM without buffering or delay."

Vtesse itself has long-held ambitions to make its super-fast service available to hundreds of other Final Third communities, but is calling for the Government to review telecoms regulation and rates in order to make this economically viable.

The UK Governments Minister for Communication, Culture and the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, recently brought the issue forward again after he shocked ISPs by scrapping plans to review the controversial tax on new fibre optic broadband lines (Fibre Tax).

Instead of reviewing the tax, Vaizey and the VOA agreed to adjust the rates slightly and issue revised guidelines. Sadly these have unfortunately made the situation even more complicated and done little to address the existing imbalance (big operators get charged significantly less than smaller ones). But only the smaller ones are targeting the most expensive "Final Third" communities. Oh very clever Vaizey, thanks a lot for that :sad: .
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