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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 broadband?

Broadband is a term normally considered to be synonymous with a high-speed connection to the internet. The term itself is technology-neutral and broadband can be delivered by a range of technologies. ADSL broadband is available across most of the UK

What do you mean by superfast broadband?

Across the country there are different interpretations of superfast broadband. For the purposes of the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme, we are defining superfast broadband as anything with speeds in excess of 24Mbps.

Why are download and upload speeds different?

ADSL splits the wire into two so it can carry data (when you download from or upload to the web) and voice (when you are on the phone). The “asymmetric” part means that you can download from the web much

I currently pay for a service that says I should get up to 10Mbps but I only get 2Mbps, why is that?

One of the problems with purchasing broadband, especially ADSL broadband delivered over copper, is that your supplier cannot guarantee that you will get a particular speed. There are a number of different factors that affect the speed of your broadband

Why is the internet always slow in the evenings?

Speeds are generally slower in the evening because there tends to be more people using the service in the evening than during the day. It’s the equivalent of the rush hour first thing in the morning and in the evening that adds a lot

What do broadband speeds actually mean?

Broadband speeds can be very confusing. So, for those of you who aren’t ‘techies’ this table shows what your broadband speed means in real terms.  

What does megabytes per second mean?

Alongside price, speed is one of the key factors people talk about when it comes to choosing broadband. All of the ISPs quote the broadband download speed as a key part of their advertising, while discussions on download speeds have

How do I find out my current speed?

Do a speed test! We have one here on our website but this is by no means the only one available, or indeed the best speed checker. There is no such thing as the ‘best’ speed checker and it is wise to take

What does download and upload mean?

When you connect to the internet, the download speed is the pace at which data (websites, programmes, music etc) is transferred from another computer to yours. Currently, when it comes to home broadband, advertised download speeds range from 8 Mbps

I’ve heard that the new superfast service will be fibre optic. What does that mean?

The answer to ‘What is Broadband’ above explains the different technologies available to deliver superfast broadband. Some involve laying fibre optic cable, but not all and it is likely the Connecting Devon and Somerset project will use a range of technologies.

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