broadband announced for villages in Burnham-On-Sea area
communities in the Burnham-On-Sea area are to be connected to a
new 'ultrafast' fibre broadband network that will deliver some of
the fastest internet speeds in the UK.
They are among 21 areas in Somerset and Devon to be connected in
the latest phase of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband
The local government-led broadband programme has already provided
282,000 homes and businesses with superfast broadband access, and
overall a total of 327,000 with improved broadband access.
Work to lay new cables is due to start in November, initially providing
almost 9,000 homes and businesses with access to the ultrafast network
by February 2018.
The first Somerset communities to benefit from this latest of phase
of CDS are: Rooksbridge, Lympsham, Brean, Weare, Crickham, Ashill,
Roundham, Merriott, Over Stratton, Dowlish Ford, Isle Abbotts, Corfe,
Blagdon Hill, Buckland St Mary, Bradford on Tone, and Wadeford.
They have been selected based on their location near to existing
connections to main broadband networks.
information and demonstration events will be held in all of the
areas where the roll-out has been announced.
Communities not in the initial wave of connection will be kept informed
as the programme is updated.
which will supply the full fibre broadband, has begun pre-construction
survey work, building a new full fibre network that will connect
direct to homes and businesses with the capability to deliver speeds
of up to 1000Mbps.
Minister for Digital, Matt Hancock, said: "We want everyone
in the UK to have access to fast and reliable broadband, and the
Connecting Devon and Somerset project has already made this a reality
for more than 320,000 local properties who would otherwise have
been left behind. But we know there's still more to do, and I'm
delighted that our investment will now take gold standard, full
fibre broadband, to over 40,000 extra homes and businesses across
Cllr David Hall, CDS board member and Somerset County Councils
Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Development, added: "We
have already dramatically improved broadband speeds across Somerset
and Im delighted with Gigaclears plans to extend this
"Its great news for homeowners and the Somerset economy
as a whole. Broadband connectivity is a vital part of the infrastructure
that helps current businesses grow and attracts new entrepreneurs
to the county."
On behalf of the four Somerset district councils in the CDS partnership
(Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor, West Somerset and Mendip), Cllr John
Williams said: "It is truly an exciting prospect that the majority
of our previously too hard to reach rural homes, businesses
and settlements are now going to be served by a dedicated fibre
to the premises delivering up to 1,000 mbps."
"CDS and Gigaclear are to be applauded for securing what has
the ability to be a life changing service for our communities. A
decent broadband service is now regarded by most as an essential
service just as water and electricity services are a necessity."
This latest phase is part of a new £62.25million rollout by
CDS, the biggest public-funded broadband programme in England, including
a substantial investment by Gigaclear.
By the end of 2019 over 40,000 more homes and businesses in the
CDS region will have access to ultrafast broadband in the biggest
single investment in fibre connections in the UK.
The CDS programme is supported by funding from the Department for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the EUs European Regional
Development Fund, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership
and local authorities across the region.