Villagers in Burrington could soon have superfast broadband

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39 16 October 2017

Two companies have offered to provide villagers with a solution to their slow broadband speeds.

Two companies have offered to provide villagers with a solution to their slow broadband speeds.

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Two internet service providers are offering villagers in Burrington a long-awaited solution to slow broadband speeds.

People living and working in Burrington have been plagued by poor internet services and Burrington Parish Council has been trying to find a solution for a number of years.

Voneus and TrueSpeed have now come up with different proposals to improve connectivity and villagers are being given the opportunity to decide which firm to go for.

Parish council chairman Paul Keel told the Mercury: “We’ve been trying to sort something out for three years so we are very pleased we’ve got some movement now.

“The reason we are so poorly served is that we don’t have a telephone exchange. We are part of Mendip, Wrington and Churchill so we’re served by three different exchanges.

“Because we are all 1km away from the boxes, we have no chance of getting broadband through BT.

“The parish council is being very impartial as it’s up to the villagers to decide. We’ve have put the details about both on our website.”

Voneus and TrueSpeed are now competing to provide faster broadband services to the village.

Voneus is a wireless internet service provider which uses advanced radio technology to deliver superfast broadband services to customers in rural communities.

The innovative technology would allow villagers to ‘beam’ broadband from Holy Trinity Church and receive connection speeds between 35mbps and 50mbps.

The firm needs 45 homes to sign up before October 20 and Voneus has said villagers could receive faster broadband speeds by Christmas.

TrueSpeed delivers full fibre broadband at speeds of 100mbps to rural homes and businesses by building a brand new infrastructure, separate from other providers.

The network is designed to deliver gigabit fibre broadband directly into the property, giving people access to faster speeds, and a more reliable and sustainable connection.

The firm needs 30 per cent of the village to sign up for the service before it can build the infrastructure. It has also promised to connect the school and village hall for free, for life.

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