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Somerset broadband: 31 more places revealed to get superfast internet

By IanMat  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

Fibre optic broadband is coming to 31 more Somerset and Devon locations by April 2014

Fibre optic broadband is coming to 31 more Somerset and Devon locations by April 2014

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A LIST of 31 more places to get superfast broadband with speeds of 24Mbps or higher has been revealed this morning.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset campaign has previously said the first seven areas to see superfast broadband - delivered mainly in the form of fibre optic - are Bishops Lydeard, Bradford-on-Tone, Creech St. Michael, Holsworthy, Monkton Heathfield, Moretonhampstead, Sticklepath, Taunton and Bridgwater.

The 31 places to get superfast broadband speeds by the end of March 2014 are:

Bishop's Hull, Bridford, Chilton Trinity, Christow, Combe Florey, Comeytrowe, Corfe, Cotford St. Luke, Crediton, Dunchideock, Exminster, Hatherleigh, Hemyock, Newton St. Cyres, North Tawton, Nynehead, Okehampton, Okehampton Hamlets, Petrockstow, Ruishton, Sampford Arundel, Sandford, Shillingford St. George, Shobrooke, South Tawton, Stoke St. Gregory, Thurloxton, Trull, Wembdon, West Buckland and West Monkton.

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Parts of Holsworthy, Bradford-on-Tone and Sticklepath have already ‘gone live’, while Moretonhampstead, Bishops Lydeard, Monkton Heathfield and Creech St Michael will be upgraded by the end of the month.

Many of these are rural locations and not historically known for high-speed internet access.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries added, “The news that 44,000 homes and businesses will have access to superfast speeds by March 2014 is fantastic news for the residents of Devon and Somerset.

"The UK already does more business online than any other European country and widespread access to superfast speeds will provide a welcome boost to the local economy.”

For those who haven't made the cut yet but want an indication of when they will get access to superfast broadband, check the roll-out map here.

Councillor David Hall, deputy leader of Somerset County Council, said: “The Big Build now feels like it is truly underway. This tremendous step forward is a pay off for all the careful planning that goes on behind the scenes.

"The team has been working flat out to get to this stage. I look forward to the economic growth and development that access to high speed fibre broadband will bring.”

Fibre optic broadband is touted to have download speeds of 80Mbps and upload speeds of 20Mbps.

Many parts of rural Somerset currently experience download speeds of 2Mbps and upload speeds half of that.

Connecting Devon and Somerset is a £94 million project to deliver superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps and above available to around 90 per cent of homes and businesses by the end of 2016.

The partnership includes Devon and Somerset County Councils, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay Councils, BT and the UK Government’s Superfast Britain programme.

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  • Tavistock_SFB  |  December 09 2013, 4:14AM

    More drip feeding from Connecting Devon & Somerset. At least the lucky areas know something 3 months in advance. It will be interesting to see how many premises get superfast (over 24 Mbps in the UK) or the UK Government minimum of 2 Mbps even when accessed via fibre. Only another 2 years to go with some 100,000 premise left out in Devon & Somerset - another UK Government smoke and mirrors success for the South West.

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