Broadband is now an essential part of life for all communities, businesses and individuals. Lack of access to broadband leads to increased exclusion, socially, financially and is exacerbated due to the decline of and remoteness from local services in most rural communities.
It is a public-private partnership of six local authorities (Somerset, Devon, North Somerset, Torbay, Plymouth and Bath and North East Somerset) and their delivery partner BT. Somerset County Council is the accountable body for the programme.
New BT Voucher Scheme launched March 2016
CDS has committed to bringing broadband to everyone within the programme area. If you are not yet able to receive broadband speeds of over 2Mbps you may be able to get connected through the CDS voucher scheme. The scheme will provide a subsidy of up to £500, in the form of a voucher code, to fund the installation of a new broadband connection. Each premise can choose their supplier from the list a supplier list with every solution guaranteeing a minimum of 10Mbps download speed
See how broadband has supported these rural businesses with this film from DEFRA.