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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.

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My local exchange has been upgraded by BT, but I cannot receive superfast broadband – will I still benefit from this project?

BT and Virgin both currently supply superfast broadband to a few areas in Devon and Somerset. When BT announce that they are upgrading an exchange to their Infinity product (fibre to the cabinet, or FttC) they do not necessarily upgrade all cabinets, only those that will provide a return on investment to BT (typically 50-85% of cabinets). There is also an issue of premises served by direct lines (exchange only lines) that do not pass through a green cabinet at all, and so can miss out on receiving the new superfast service.

Where an area is not receiving a superfast broadband service, and there are currently no known announcements of superfast broadband (shown as white on the superfast broadband map) then the area is “in scope” for the Connecting Devon and Somerset project.

This includes postcodes served by cabinets from BT FttC exchanges where the cabinet has not been upgraded. As we are still in a procurement situation, we cannot provide any specific information on the infrastructure roll out. However, the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme has the aim of delivering superfast broadband to at least 85% of premises in the Devon/Somerset region by 2015 with the remainder by 2020.

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