What improvements can I expect to see?
Faster broadband means more people can work from home, access services online – saving them money, and stay in touch with friends and family across the world. It also means our businesses can communicate fully with overseas partners and customers. And it means our young people can access essential information for their homework and use the web for research.
Except in our big population centres (eg Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay), access to broadband is very limited. We estimate that the private sector is currently committed to delivering superfast broadband access to only 38% of premises, and this is likely to rise to just 62% by 2015. This leaves 26,000 businesses with a turnover of £9 billion and 700,000 people with no certainty of improved connectivity. Our project aims to extend the reach of faster broadband to market towns and rural communities.