June 23, 2011
details emerge about Burnham's super-fast Internet plans
details about the super-fast broadband service being introduced
in Burnham-On-Sea were revealed this week.
Somerset County Councillor David Hall, portfolio holder for economic
development, said Internet speeds of around 20Mbs will be available
in Burnham within four years following the government's recent
announcement that Somerset, North Somerset and Devon will
share a £31m payout to bring super-fast broadband to the
Speaking at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre during this week's
Chamber of Trade AGM, Cllr Hall said: "It's exceedingly good
news that this money has been secured and that towns like Burnham
will benefit from the super-fast speeds."
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that no dates have yet been confirmed
for the roll-out of the new technology into Burnham, but he said
the work would be complete by May 2015.
added that the service would not only be offered to businesses,
but home users as well.
And while none of the £31m of funding will be used to subsidise
users' access costs, he said that "incentives" would
be available to encourage uptake.
Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman, who was also at the
meeting, added: "It's great news for this area - I am sure
that many will benefit from this in the years to come."
Rupert Cox, CEO of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, who also attended
the meeting, said the service would be of "huge benefit to
businesses across the region."
Pictured: (left to right) Rupert Cox, CEO of Somerset Chamber
of Commerce with Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman and
County Councillor David Hall, portfolio holder for economic development
in Burnham on Wednesday evening