Speedy internet

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RESIDENTS across Somerset are hoping to benefit from improved internet speeds as extra funding is announced.

Councils across Devon and Somerset are working together to invest £38million in connecting 95% of the population with superfast broadband by 2017.

Cllr David Hall, deputy leader of Somerset County Council, said: "There is still a lot of work left to do.

"Our energy and focus remains directed towards connecting the whole of Devon and Somerset as rapidly and efficiently as possible."

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10:00am Wed 3 Sep 14

RustyKnight says...

What is their definition of "super fast"?

If its less that 30Mbs then they can keep it and get mobile networks to provide 4G in the area instead.
What is their definition of "super fast"? If its less that 30Mbs then they can keep it and get mobile networks to provide 4G in the area instead. RustyKnight
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11:31am Thu 4 Sep 14

Graham Long says...

What this report does not tell you is that rather than £38M, Devon & Somerset Councils could be investing £45.5M, but because DCC & SCC have failed to match the £22.75M they were offered from BDUK, £3.75M will go back to the Treasury. The means that rather 95% coverage it is likely to end up at only 94% coverage. This is incompetance on the part of DCC & SCC. The government is making it clear that no more public money will be available for broadband which means that the final 6% are being left in the slow lane. DCC & SCC via Connecting Devon and Somerset must bring in private finance to bridge the gap to 100% coverage, when they put the tender out for phase 2. If not rural areas of the two counties will decay and businesses move to the towns and people cannot sell houses with slow broadband. Devon & Somerset County Councils need to raise their ambition and go for 100% coverage and not take the easy option of spending only public money to get only 95% coverage.
What this report does not tell you is that rather than £38M, Devon & Somerset Councils could be investing £45.5M, but because DCC & SCC have failed to match the £22.75M they were offered from BDUK, £3.75M will go back to the Treasury. The means that rather 95% coverage it is likely to end up at only 94% coverage. This is incompetance on the part of DCC & SCC. The government is making it clear that no more public money will be available for broadband which means that the final 6% are being left in the slow lane. DCC & SCC via Connecting Devon and Somerset must bring in private finance to bridge the gap to 100% coverage, when they put the tender out for phase 2. If not rural areas of the two counties will decay and businesses move to the towns and people cannot sell houses with slow broadband. Devon & Somerset County Councils need to raise their ambition and go for 100% coverage and not take the easy option of spending only public money to get only 95% coverage. Graham Long
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11:32am Thu 4 Sep 14

Graham Long says...

What this report does not tell you is that rather than £38M, Devon & Somerset Councils could be investing £45.5M, but because DCC & SCC have failed to match the £22.75M they were offered from BDUK, £3.75M will go back to the Treasury. The means that rather 95% coverage it is likely to end up at only 94% coverage. This is incompetance on the part of DCC & SCC. The government is making it clear that no more public money will be available for broadband which means that the final 6% are being left in the slow lane. DCC & SCC via Connecting Devon and Somerset must bring in private finance to bridge the gap to 100% coverage, when they put the tender out for phase 2. If not rural areas of the two counties will decay and businesses move to the towns and people cannot sell houses with slow broadband. Devon & Somerset County Councils need to raise their ambition and go for 100% coverage and not take the easy option of spending only public money to get only 95% coverage.
What this report does not tell you is that rather than £38M, Devon & Somerset Councils could be investing £45.5M, but because DCC & SCC have failed to match the £22.75M they were offered from BDUK, £3.75M will go back to the Treasury. The means that rather 95% coverage it is likely to end up at only 94% coverage. This is incompetance on the part of DCC & SCC. The government is making it clear that no more public money will be available for broadband which means that the final 6% are being left in the slow lane. DCC & SCC via Connecting Devon and Somerset must bring in private finance to bridge the gap to 100% coverage, when they put the tender out for phase 2. If not rural areas of the two counties will decay and businesses move to the towns and people cannot sell houses with slow broadband. Devon & Somerset County Councils need to raise their ambition and go for 100% coverage and not take the easy option of spending only public money to get only 95% coverage. Graham Long
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11:33am Thu 4 Sep 14

Graham Long says...

What this report does not tell you is that rather than £38M, Devon & Somerset Councils could be investing £45.5M, but because DCC & SCC have failed to match the £22.75M they were offered from BDUK, £3.75M will go back to the Treasury. The means that rather 95% coverage it is likely to end up at only 94% coverage. This is incompetance on the part of DCC & SCC. The government is making it clear that no more public money will be available for broadband which means that the final 6% are being left in the slow lane. DCC & SCC via Connecting Devon and Somerset must bring in private finance to bridge the gap to 100% coverage, when they put the tender out for phase 2. If not rural areas of the two counties will decay and businesses move to the towns and people cannot sell houses with slow broadband. Devon & Somerset County Councils need to raise their ambition and go for 100% coverage and not take the easy option of spending only public money to get only 95% coverage.
What this report does not tell you is that rather than £38M, Devon & Somerset Councils could be investing £45.5M, but because DCC & SCC have failed to match the £22.75M they were offered from BDUK, £3.75M will go back to the Treasury. The means that rather 95% coverage it is likely to end up at only 94% coverage. This is incompetance on the part of DCC & SCC. The government is making it clear that no more public money will be available for broadband which means that the final 6% are being left in the slow lane. DCC & SCC via Connecting Devon and Somerset must bring in private finance to bridge the gap to 100% coverage, when they put the tender out for phase 2. If not rural areas of the two counties will decay and businesses move to the towns and people cannot sell houses with slow broadband. Devon & Somerset County Councils need to raise their ambition and go for 100% coverage and not take the easy option of spending only public money to get only 95% coverage. Graham Long
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