Tag Archives: broadband

Superfast broadband public consultation launched

A public consultation has been launched by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) ahead of undertaking a fresh procurement to find contractors to provide superfast broadband. CDS, which is responsible for rolling out broadband across the two counties, is establishing the remaining area where there are no current or credible future plans to deliver Next Generation […]

CDS ends Gigaclear contracts

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has announced the decision to end Gigaclear’s five contracts to deliver full-fibre broadband in Devon and Somerset. CDS intends to launch a fresh procurement on the open market this autumn, commencing a tender process to identify new provider(s) of these services. CDS and the Government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) agency […]

Take up of broadband in Devon and Somerset increases

There has been a big rise in the number of homes and businesses taking up superfast broadband services thanks to the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme. New figures show that nearly 60% of the 300,000 homes and businesses that CDS given access to Superfast broadband have now taken it up. That’s higher than the national […]

DCMS backs bid to extend broadband funding for Devon and Somerset to 2023

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is backing a bid to extend £18.7 million of funding for superfast broadband in Devon and Somerset up to March 2023. The news has been welcomed by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), England’s largest public-funded broadband programme. CDS has been working closely with the Department to […]

CDS now offering Better Broadband scheme vouchers

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband programme has today announced that it is now offering vouchers through the national BDUK Better Broadband Scheme. All homes and businesses in the region with broadband speeds of less than two Megabits per second (Mbps), without a published delivery date for superfast broadband within the next 12 months, […]

CDS expands broadband network to thousands more homes and businesses

Nearly 300,000 homes and businesses in rural areas now have access to superfast broadband thanks to Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS). That includes 118,000 in Somerset, according to new analysis which has found that the total number of homes and businesses with access to CDS-provided superfast has risen to 298,900 – with a further 38,000 […]

CDS to deliver superfast broadband to thousands more in Somerset

Thousands more homes and businesses in Somerset are in line for access to superfast broadband following a major Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) expansion plan. The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) agency has given the go-ahead for CDS to increase access to the ultrafast broadband network being delivered by Gigaclear by more than 2,000 more […]

New contracts signed to deliver ultrafast broadband to homes and businesses

Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS), the largest Government funded superfast broadband programme in the UK, has signed new contracts with Ultrafast broadband provider, Gigaclear, for four of the six lots on offer for phase two of its roll-out. This will deliver a £62.25m million network to an additional 35,225 of the hardest to reach homes […]

Moving at speed to provide broadband to more homes and businesses

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today (26.09.16) received the latest update on work to bring superfast broadband to the county. The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has now given over 316,200 premises access to fibre broadband, of which 263,187 premises have access to superfast broadband (24Mbps). Meanwhile, the National Parks part of the programme will […]

PM pays tribute to County Council’s broadband push

Somerset County Council has welcomed the Prime Minister’s recognition of its work to bring superfast broadband to the county. Theresa May used today’s Prime Minister’s Question Time to congratulate the authority for its work on the Connecting Devon and Somerset project. CDS has already seen 310,000 premises connected to fibre and more than 1,500 people […]