April 2, 2011
could benefit from council's broadband upgrade bid
in the Burnham-On-Sea area could soon enjoy superfast broadband
internet speeds if Somerset County Council's bid for millions
of pounds of government funding is successful.
Both Somerset and Devon are submitting a joint bid this month
to upgrade internet access across the south west, with a decision
expected to be announced in May.
If successful, superfast broadband speeds around ten times that
of normal broadband would become available as part of a national
£530m central government funding initiative.
"If approved, it is anticipated that the roll-out of broadband
to Somerset businesses would start in 2012, and be complete by
2015, leading to better broadband for everyone, and superfast
broadband for most," said Sheila Wheeler, Chief Executive
at Somerset County Council this week.
"Having had conversations with business leaders in Somerset
over the past few months, I know that superfast and reliable broadband
is top of your wish-list, and will prove a huge boost for Somerset's
She added: "To convince central government of the importance
to Somerset of superfast broadband, businesses should complete
a survey about the proposals by giving their support to the bid