MEP Says Superfast Broadband Could Boost Scilly’s Economy

giles chichester MEPOne of Scilly’s Members of the European Parliament says superfast broadband could boost the islands’ economy when it arrives here next year.

Giles Chichester is a Conservative member for the massive constituency that takes in an area stretching from Gibraltar to the Cotswolds.

He’s been on a two-day visit to the islands last week, during which he toured some of the economic development projects funded by EU money, including the workspaces being created at the new Island Hall on St Agnes.

He also heard about plans for an Innovation Centre at Porthmellon.

Giles says the laying of the fibre optic cable, offering internet speeds of around 100Mbps for many people, will stimulate development.

The MEP says in the future there will be less emphasis on geographical location when operating online. And the fast connection will mean people can choose to bring their mainland businesses to somewhere beautiful like Scilly.

But while the MEP backs economy-boosting projects, he says that what makes Scilly special and attractive must also be maintained.

Much of the cash to pay for the physical workspaces and the upgrade to the undersea internet cable has come from European Union and the that should be recognised, says Giles.