New way for rural areas to access fibre broadband launched

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 May 2017

Broadband is slow in many areas of Somerset.

Broadband is slow in many areas of Somerset.


Rural areas which are not included in plans for superfast broadband technology are being offered a new way to improve internet speeds.

Government-backed Connecting Devon and Somerset aims to provide high-speed connections to 95 per cent of homes, but many villages will miss out.

This includes parts of Banwell, Mark and Compton Bishop.

BT has launched its Community Fibre Partnership, which is aimed at the five per cent of areas not included in superfast broadband plans.

It involves a community group working directly with BT to deliver fibre broadband.

There are also grants of up to £20,000 if a school benefits from the work.

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