• Rural communities hoping for connection to superfast broadband will know by the end of this year

    15th September 2016 | News | Claire
  • Phase one, with its aim of giving 90 per cent of properties across Devon and Somerset a superfast broadband speed of 24 megabits per second, comes to an end this December.

    The third week of October is the deadline for bids for phase two, with a decision on the chosen provider being made in November.

    Devon County Council has been working with Somerset County Council on the programme. BT was the chosen provider for phase one.

    The target for phase two is that at least 95 of properties across the area will have access to superfast speeds.

    As a Devon County Councillor I know all too well that slow internet speeds have been a constant source of frustration to many people living in my ward. When Ottery St Mary, West Hill and Tipton St John were connected last year, this boosted many people’s broadband speeds in the surrounding area.

    But for other communities I look after such as Gittisham and Buckerell, speeds of under 4 megabits are still the frustrating reality.

    I was pleased to inform Buckerell Parish Council last night that after hearing rather bleak news earlier in the year that the service may not arrive for a long time, now the village will be picked up through phase one after all, with most properties receiving superfast speeds by the end of December.

    If you are still waiting for superfast broadband, speak to your Devon County Councillor.

    Pic: Connecting Ottery’s exchange to superfast broadband last year.