'Confused and irritated' community come up with options for poor broadband

PUBLISHED: 20:00 21 July 2016

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A village committee has called on the community to apply for a £500 voucher scheme through Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) to improve broadband in the area.

The move came following a meeting to discuss the poor broadband in the villages of Ashton, Badgworth and Stone and Chapel Allerton.

The area experiences a broadband speed of 1.5 megabits per second, making the area eligible for the grant scheme.

The vouchers are used to buy a better broadband connection from private suppliers as a short-term measure.

More than 50 villagers attended the meeting on July 13 to hear committee members discuss different action plans.

Fiona Torrens-Spence said: “The meeting showed the level of confusion and irritation with the slow broadband.”

Connecting Devon and Somerset is aiming to install superfast broadband across all parts of the two counties by the end of 2020.

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