broadband coming to Burnham-On-Sea over next three years
and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea look set to get 'superfast broadband'
by the year 2016 after Somerset County Council this week announced
a multi-million pound deal with the government and BT to improve
Devon and Somerset, which is delivering the project, says the
new technology will create new jobs by attracting new businesses.
fibre optic broadband will deliver connection speeds in excess
of 24 Megabits per second (Mbps) - a big increase on Somerset's
current average of about 8Mbps.
Devon and Somerset County Councils have contributed £10m
to the scheme, BT has invested £41m and the remainder of
the funding has come from the Department for Culture Media and
Sport through the government's Broadband Delivery UK and other
public sector partners.
work on the project will start immediately and the first locations
to be upgraded will be announced during Spring 2013. The roll-out
will contiune over the next three years.
David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, said: "Fast
and reliable internet is becoming more important to daily life
and going online will soon be the only way to access some key
public services. Superfast and improved broadband will help us
to strengthen our economy, grow and develop our businesses while
enhancing community activities. This is an important milestone
for all who live and work in our region."