As Scilly gets web cable, Christian asks: how about St Helena?

Tresco, in the Isle of Scilly, is to get an undersea broadband link. Picture by Tom Corser www.tomcorser.com

Tresco, in the Isle of Scilly, is to get an undersea broadband link. Picture by Tom Corser www.tomcorser.com

The 2,200 British residents of the Isles of Scilly are to enjoy high-speed broadband from 2014, thanks to a £3.7 million scheme funded by bodies in the UK and Europe, reports Christian Von Der Ropp of the Connect St Helena campaign.

Island councillor Mike Hicks said it would bring a more prosperous future, helping tourism, farming and education.

“Meanwhile,” says Christian, “St Helena, which is significantly more isolated, has a population almost twice as large that is expected to grow once its airport becomes operational in 2016, struggles to secure £10 million for its link to the planned South Atlantic Express cable.”

Read his full article here.

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