Devon and Somerset

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    • UK Umbrella State Aid Granted by European Commission

      Broadband Delivery UK (the organisation responsible for delivering the £52 million of public funding for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Project) has been granted State Aid* clearance by the European Commission. This allows Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to approve local

    • BT Appointed Preferred Bidder for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme

      The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has announced that it has appointed BT as preferred bidder for the provision of superfast broadband across Devon and Somerset. The next stage of the project involves undertaking due diligence on the tender

    • Procurement Update

      As part of satisfying State Aid requirements, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) is required to announce the launch of its invitation to tender (ITT) for the selection of its chosen supplier from the recent Framework arrangement set up by BDUK.

Your Experience

Ken – IT Specialist, Holsworthy

I run a small specialist IT support limited company from home and the homes of colleagues. I live in remote North Devon in a rural area and have 4 employees. The internet is essential to my business and it could not be run without exchange of data over the internet with customers.

Whilst the speed and reliability of the internet here is adequate, reaching sometimes 6Mbps, using superfast broadband would greatly improve communications and ability to keep customers satisfied.

Once most businesses in cities are using superfast broadband it is going to be difficult for rural based businesses to compete if we are stuck using copper wire.

We have been trying to use Skype for video conferencing but often the slow speed makes it unacceptable to use. While it seemed a sensible idea to move the business from the Thames Valley 6 years ago to the rural South West, the coming of superfast broadband in cities has made the decision look less sensible.

While the internet made it easy to relocate some businesses like mine to rural areas, the arrival of superfast broadband in cities only will cause these businesses to move back UNLESS rural areas can quickly catch up with the fibre revolution.

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