Published: February 2, 2012
Burnham residents urged to join campaign for faster broadband

A major project that aims to bring super-fast broadband Internet to Somerset is calling on Burnham-On-Sea residents to add their voices calling for the new technology.

The group 'Connecting Devon and Somerset' has issued a call to arms, appealing to Burnham residents and businesses to help them secure super-fast broadband for the region.

The project is a collaboration between Somerset County Council and Devon County Council alongside North Somerset Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council.

It aims to provide 100% broadband coverage of 2Mbps with a minimum of 85% superfast broadband at 24Mbps by 2015 and superfast broadband for all by 2020.

The campaign is asking residents to complete a survey about their current online activity. Questions are about current broadband speeds, what you would be prepared to pay and what faster speeds will mean to you.

The councils need at least 10,000 responses across the region.

The project secured £31 million of funding from the government agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) last year and both Somerset and Devon County Councils will be putting in up to £10 million each.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, told "We need everyone to get behind us on this. Although we have up to £51 million already, we must secure further investment from the private sector. To do this we need to provide evidence that there is a strong demand for superfast broadband. It is the only way we will reach many rural areas and market towns."

"It really is a call to arms. If we don’t have the evidence, we can’t convince commercial suppliers to go into partnership with us. This has real implications for economic growth and the competitiveness of our businesses as well as our ability to provide services."

According to Ofcom, almost 18% of premises across both counties are getting less than 2 Mbps. In Somerset, just 4% of the county can access superfast broadband. Click here to respond to the online survey.


Bookmark and Share

Search|Add to your Bookmarks|Send a mail from|Print this page|Back to previous page|Discuss this article

Burnham-On-Sea Seafront Webcam
Burnham-On-Sea Webcam
24-hour live pictures
See live images of the seafront and beach with Burnham's Webcam. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Shops
Burnham-On-Sea Shopping Guide
Buy in Burnham!
Support local traders by shopping in town - see our A-Z index of businesses. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Video
Burnham-On-Sea Video
Burnham video news
Watch video highlights of events across Burnham with these video clips. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Photos
Burnham-On-Sea Photos

Photo gallery
Hundreds of photos from events across the Burnham-On-Sea area. Click here