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North Devon villages to benefit from high-speed broadband

08:00 04 February 2014

Super-fast fibre broadband is heading to more North Devon homes this summer.

Super-fast fibre broadband is heading to more North Devon homes this summer.

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Fibre optic set to go live in several locations by the summer.

HIGH-speed fibre optic broadband will be available in more North Devon villages by the end of July, BT has announced.

Braunton, Swimbridge, Shirwell, Woolacombe and Bradworthy are among the latest exchange areas to benefit from the company’s £94 million Connecting Devon and Somerset roll-out programme.

In North Devon, fibre broadband is already available in Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy and Hatherleigh.

An interactive map showing the latest cabinets to ‘go live’, as well as estimated dates for others, can be viewed at www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme aims to make superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps and above available to around 90 per cent of homes and businesses by the end of 2016.

Laurent Boon, BT’s programme manager for Connecting Devon and Somerset, said: “Despite the difficult weather, the partnership has achieved strong progress and is already bringing great benefits to rural communities.

“On the first anniversary since the partnership’s contract signing, we have made fibre broadband available to more than 16,000 premises and put in place clear plans to reach 70,000 by early Summer.”

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to make this next announcement so soon into the New Year. It comes as a result of all the survey work, which has formed so much of the behind the scenes work undertaken last year.

“Businesses across Devon will now have the chance to grow and develop and compete on a more equal footing with their more urban competitors.”

2 comments

  • LOL! Those villages will be lucky if they get it. In Bideford it's best described as barely available. There are FTTC cabinets that have been installed for the thicker end of a year and you still can't sign up for a fibre service. The rollout is best described as pitiful and should not have been handled by BT because they've had billions in public money but have not delivered.

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    MARK WILSON

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • What about Ilfracombe? We are the second biggest town in North Devon and are continually overlooked there are 11,500 residents and many small businesses. We are seen as a deprived area and are working hard to build our commercial base and encourage our youngsters to stay and half grow the town. We have the new southern extension coming soon - i suppose then BT will be all over us!!

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    ValG

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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