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HONITON: Broadband boost for town
Thursday, 06 March 2014
Honiton will benefit from a programme bringing superfast broadband to rural areas in Devon and Somerset.
The Connecting Devon and Somerset scheme (CDS) is working with British Telecom (BT), the UK Government and local councils to connect remote parts of the two counties to high-speed internet.
And bosses announced last week that Honiton would be one of 25 communities to benefit from the latest phase of the £94 million programme.
There is already some fibre broadband provided through commercial investment by the private sector, and this announcement means the high-speed technology will be made even more widely available.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, said: “With the recent weather highlighting the weaknesses in our critical infrastructure, superfast broadband has become even more essential to ensure that our businesses remain competitive and our economy continues to grow.
“Superfast broadband can dramatically alter how we work – opening up homeworking and other measures to improve efficiency and enable rural communities and businesses to continue to function in all but the most extreme circumstances.”
In January, CDS announced it would make high-speed fibre broadband available to 70,000 homes and businesses by the end of July.
Alongside the private sector’s commercial roll-out, the CDS programme aims to make superfast speeds of 24Mbps available for around 90 per cent of homes and businesses by the end of 2016. It also plans to ensure a minimum of 2Mbps for all premises within the programme area.
Laurent Boon, BT’s programme manager for CDS, said: “The announcement today is another example of the programme’s commitment to keep communities fully informed of the roll-out as soon as the plans have been checked and confirmed. Despite the continuing bad weather, the CDS programme continues to achieve great progress.”
Ottery St Mary and Feniton are also set to benefit from the next phase of the programme.
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