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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

Howard Reeves – Rural Connection Case Study, Beaples Barton Sporting Holidays

Howard Reeves has become an expert on how to achieve the best broadband speed in a very rural location. He runs Beaples Barton Sporting Holidays, a specialised holiday letting business for those interested in shooting sports. He lives and works

Dave Rodgers – Potter, Barnstaple

Dave and Dos Rodgers are a husband and wife team of potters who practise their craft from a studio at their home in the centre of Barnstaple. They use traditional skills and materials to produce a range of indoor and outdoor pots and wall motifs as well as bespoke, commissioned pieces for local businesses. They also sell their work through local art and craft galleries and at craft fairs.

Jeremy – Holiday Cottage Rental, Appledore

‘Super fast broadband’ is absolutely crucial for enhancing our daily business activities and would encourage tourism to Devon providing visitors the ability to maintain efficient contact with the outside world.

Dianne Verlaine – Holiday Cottage, Tamar Valley

Dianne Verlaine runs a holiday cottage business with her husband in the Tamar Valley. They responded to the survey because their business is severely hampered by a slow and unreliable broadband service.

Lesley – County Secretary, Devon Association of Local Councils (DALC)

As County Secretary for the Devon Association of Local Councils (DALC) I fully support the bid that has gone forward to BDUK. We are a member organisation of over 350 town and parish councils throughout Devon. One of our main

Arthur Singer – Singer Instruments, Exmoor

If you think of Exmoor, what images come to mind? Ponies and open moorland? Steeply wooded valleys? Tea rooms in quaint villages? With its 267 square miles of national park, Exmoor offers all this and more. It is a popular destination for leisure and tourism.

Nigel – Web Design & Marketing Company, Exmouth

The lack of broadband speed in Exmouth has a big effect on the production and services we are able to provide. As a website design & marketing company it is vital that we are able to access & share information

John Haynes – Haynes Manuals, Somerset

As a truly global business Haynes regularly transfers large data files, often in excess of 1Gb, between its operations. As Chairman, John Haynes, explains this is where the absence of high-speed broadband at the Sparkford facility creates problems:

Pete – Business Owner, Exeter

Living in Devon or even Exeter – well outside the metropolitan areas – its clear that a viable, sustainable and prosperous future is completely dependent on remaining able to compete with and cooperate with fast moving communities and developments in Brazil, India and China; it’s axiomatic that the essential criteria to achieve this include Internet and broadband links which are several magnitudes faster than the current UK “Internet cycle paths”.

Ken Singleton – Co-founder, Broadband Access Strategies LLP

Ken Singleton from Broadband Access Strategies is a technical and commercial adviser to the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme alongside international engineering company Mott MacDonald. His consultancy has been working with the public and private sector since 2002 to advise on creating the business case for broadband in rural or hard to reach areas. Key clients include Somerset, Devon and Dorset County Council and the business has also worked with Cross Country Trains to trial Wi-Fi and developing the business case for their main fleet of trains.

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