Cheap Travel Perks And Fast-Track Planning To Lure New Entrepreneurs To Scilly

Old microwave internet link is being replaced by a faster cable

Old microwave internet link is being replaced by a faster cable

The Council should offer incentives for internet entrepreneurs who want to move to the islands.

The Town Hall’s economic strategy consultants, Ash Futures, are recommending that reduced business rates are used to attract people here to develop businesses based on superfast broadband, when it is turned on here later this year.

They are also suggesting that businesses that relocate should be offered fast-track planning applications and receive subsidised travel rates to encourage them over.

The consultants believe that the introduction of quicker internet access will create opportunities for the islands to diversify away from tourism and Ash Futures says the Council should run a campaign to attract between five and ten companies here by 2024.

But they warn that these businesses will need reliable, year-round transport, a better choice of quality housing, good quality office space in prime locations and the ability to recruit skilled staff.

The report says the introduction of superfast broadband to Scilly will not only increase our download speeds, but could also lead to improvements in other technologies.

The improved fibre optic connection from the mainland, expected to be in place by the end of this month, should allow the mobile phone companies to install faster 4G technology.

Scilly is still covered by older and considerably slower 2G technology.

But the new technology will rely on investment from telecoms companies. Coverage data from Cornwall shows that areas recently connected to superfast broadband haven’t seen a marked improvement in their 4G signals yet.

The internet upgrade could mean that more TV channels are made available through free-to-air services.



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