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Faster broadband is on its way
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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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Why is it important?

Reliable access to broadband is an integral part of 21st Century living. It’s much more than streaming video and music or online shopping: it’s increasingly the way business is conducted and services are delivered. Companies with slow access to the internet are seriously disadvantaged in the modern world of commerce.

For us, faster broadband will:

  • Be the 21st century infrastructure that enables our businesses to compete on a level footing regardless of location
  • Make Devon and Somerset a more attractive proposition for business re-locations and start-ups – including the creation of new, high-tech jobs
  • Enable the transformation of public services through initiatives such as: telehealth, improving patient care in their homes; community safety through greater and more efficient use of CCTV
  • Enable improved business efficiency and flexibility, for example through speedier communication, better access to new markets and greater homeworking
  • Facilitate improved skills levels through access to online learning
  • Tackle digital exclusion, ensuring rural communities have the same access to services as urban communities

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