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Broadband Speeds Will Rocket At 20 More Business Parks in Devon and Somerset

Another 1,000 businesses will get access to high-speed fibre broadband. Digital Economy Minister praises “incredible progress” of Devon and Somerset partnership. Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) today announced major plans to make superfast fibre broadband available to 20 more business parks across the two counties. It means that a further 1,000 businesses will have access […]

Twenty-first century broadband speeds reach Wookey Hole

The ambitious Connecting Devon and Somerset programme bringing broadband to rural homes and businesses has connected the historic underground caves of Wookey Hole to superfast broadband as well as making it available to 200 homes in Wookey Village. The programme is making excellent progress to provide improved faster broadband to the ‘final third’ of premises, […]

Connecting Devon and Somerset announces Airband to deliver superfast broadband across Dartmoor and Exmoor

Connecting Devon and Somerset today announces that Airband will be the delivery partner for the next phase of the superfast broadband programme across Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. The National Parks represent some of the most challenging terrain for connecting remote rural communities to superfast broadband. Worcester-based Airband, founded in 2002 and a specialist in […]

Decision for the second stage roll out of the Connecting Devon & Somerset Superfast Broadband Programme

Following weeks of discussions, the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) Programme have been unable to secure a value for money deal and BT was today told it would not be awarded a £35m public-funded contract for the next phase of the planned superfast broadband roll-out. CDS’ decision follows lengthy discussions with BT and BDUK – […]

Chard goes live with superfast broadband

Nearly 6,000 businesses and households in Chard now have access to faster, more reliable broadband. Superfast broadband is taking off in Chard as the Somerset town becomes the latest community  to benefit from the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme, set up to deliver superfast fibre broadband. An event was held at local firm One […]

Plans get underway for second stage of superfast broadband roll out

Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) has announced that it will be publishing the tender for the second stage of the superfast broadband programme across the region by early February. The announcement comes as the current programme gathers significant momentum with over 400 cabinets and nearly 100,000 homes and businesses connected to fibre. In addition, some […]


Loans for social enterprises launched

Social enterprises in Somerset could benefit from a loan of between £10,000 and £100,000 thanks to a new fund launched this week. Somerset County Council has established with the Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) a £1 million Somerset Social Enterprise Fund (SSEF).  The fund will help prospective and established social enterprises in Somerset develop sustainable services […]

Flood Relief Centre gets superfast broadband

From today (Friday 5 September), the Flood Relief Centre in Burrowbridge, will have free superfast broadband thanks to Somerset County Council and BT. When the Flood Relief Centre was first set up in February this year a free broadband connection was speedily set up for the centre. The local exchange for the Centre has now […]

Women entrepreneurs can gain superfast success

Connecting Devon and Somerset wins government funding to give broadband support to women in business The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has won £75,000 in a successful bid to help women start and develop their own businesses using superfast broadband. The CDS team secured the funding after a bid to the Women and Broadband […]

Connecting Devon and Somerset announces superfast broadband for dozens more communities

Connecting Devon and Somerset today announced that a further 25 communities(1) can now get high-speed fibre broadband as a result of the £94 million programme to bring superfast broadband to rural areas. The latest locations include: Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Otterhampton, Pawlett, Puriton, Spaxton, Tedburn St. Mary and Whitestone, Ashford, Barrington, Braunton, […]