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Wells still lagging behind in superfast broadband upgrade

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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Internet speeds in Somerset don't look set to improve

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A LIST of 31 more places to get superfast broadband with speeds of 24Mbps or higher has been revealed, but none are in mid-Somerset.

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 – would be Bishops Lydeard, Bradford-on-Tone, Creech St Michael, Holsworthy, Monkton Heathfield, Moretonhampstead, Sticklepath, Taunton and Bridgwater.

So far Glastonbury, Street and Shepton Mallet have been rolled out in mid-Somerset with just partial upgrades. Exchanges in Wells and the Cheddar Valley are still waiting for their upgrades.

For those who haven't made the cut yet, but want an indication of when they will get access to superfast broadband, visit www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk.

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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.

Councillor David Hall, deputy leader of Somerset County Council, said: "The Big Build now feels like it is truly under way.

"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."

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 12 2013, 12:14PM

    As parts of Somerset lag behind so do parts of Devon. With only a 3 month information roll-out range from Connecting Devon & Somerset, the next 3 years is going to be a long slow road for those lucky enough to be included in this roll-out. As well as waiting for the roll-out they have to painfully wait to know when the actual roll-out will come. There are also those in commercial roll-out where cabinets have been left out. Connecting Devon & Somerset have not confirmed whether they are in a roll-out or not. The General Election is soon in real terms, I would urge those concerned to contact their MP as this is a national issue.

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