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.

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What is the Get Connected campaign?

Although £50 million sounds like a huge sum, it is still not enough to deliver broadband infrastructure across our whole region and we need broadband suppliers (companies like BT and Virgin) to make up the difference. To get the best possible deal from these companies we have to demonstrate that enough businesses and individuals want faster broadband to make their initial investment worthwhile.

‘Get Connected’ is the campaign we are running to ask residents, businesses and communities to register:

  • their broadband speed
  • the types of activity limited by current speeds
  • what improved connectivity might mean.

The findings will be used to strengthen our negotiations with broadband suppliers and will be one of the factors influencing the eventual broadband roll out. The project runs from now until 2020, and priority for rollout will depend on existing demand, the potential for economic growth, social need and current speeds. Taking part in this campaign offers a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for communities and businesses to have a say in the services needed for their area.

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