Members Briefing July 30th 2014
Progress update: Connecting Devon and Somerset
Latest announcement: CDS launched its new website on Wednesday 30th July. The programme has reached a point in the roll out where it is able to share more detailed and wider ranging information than we have been able to until now. The new website is easier to navigate with more features including a zoomable base map that will make it far simpler for residents and businesses to find detailed information that is relevant to them. The CDS website address remains the same www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk.
The map and website are now compatible with the majority of tablets and smartphones and both are faster loading across all platforms.
There is now only one map, which displays all current roll out information to 7 digit postcode level. It combines the 3 maps on the previous website and displays more detailed information.
The new map includes the locations of the ‘final 10%’ – premises that will not be able to access superfast broadband by the end of 2016*- to 7 digit postcode level.
The new map includes estimated survey dates for all areas under evaluation to 7 digit postcode level.
- Using 7 digit postcode level information means that the information we supply is more detailed than the earlier map’s ‘exchange level’ data, where an exchange was marked as live as soon as the first cabinet was enabled. This led to some understandable confusion when not all cabinets at the same exchange were enabled at the same time.
*CDS has submitted a full funding application to BDUK’s Superfast Extension Programme (SEP). Should this be successful then the CDS partners aim to reach 95% of premises by the end of 2017.
Please advise your businesses and residents that improvements to their broadband speeds will not happen automatically. When an area becomes ready for service, businesses and residents will need to purchase a superfast broadband package from their internet service provider. In many areas that are live, the service is being offered by a range of different providers, so please encourage constituents to shop around and get the best deal.
Please also continue to support the programme by encouraging constituents in areas that are live to take up a superfast broadband service and drive take-up across the programme area.
We are also keen to develop case studies of businesses, home workers and families who are taking up the new service. If you hear of anyone in your constituency who would make a good case study and would be willing to take part, please put them in touch with Sofie Francis (see below).
For further information please contact Connecting Devon and Somerset: email@example.com or visit www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk
Appendix – Full list of areas now offering a superfast service
The latest locations to go live include parts of Ashford (near Barnstaple), Braunton, Burlescombe, Chudleigh, Heanton Punchardon, Ilsington, Landkey, Mortehoe, North Tawton, Swimbridge, Tedburn St Mary, Whitestone, Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Milverton, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Otterhampton, Pawlett, Puriton, Spaxton Barrington, Dowlish Wake, Horton, and Kingstone in South Somerset.
Areas already live include parts of Belstone, Bishop’s Hull, Bishop’s Lydeard, Bradford-on-Tone, Combe Florey, Cotford St Luke, Crediton, Creech St Michael, Dunchideock, Exminster, Hatherleigh, Hemyock, Holsworthy, Newton St Cyres, Nynehead, Okehampton, Okehampton Hamlets, Petrockstow, Ruishton, Sandford, Shillingford St George, South Tawton, Sticklepath, Stoke St Gregory, Thurloxton, Wellington, West Buckland, West Monkton, Kennford, Henlade and North Curry. The programme has also been able to provide additional coverage around the fringes of Barnstaple, Bideford, Totnes, Newton Abbot, Honiton, Ilminster, Taunton and Bridgewater.
Additionally, further communities will be connected by October 2014 (subject to engineering considerations). These include parts of: Combe Martin, Denbury and Torbryan, Dunkeswell, Great Torrington, Ilfracombe, Ipplepen, Kingsbridge, Stokenham, West Alvington, West Down, Woolfardisworthy, Ashill, Beercrocombe, Catcott, Chilton Polden, Edington Fivehead and Milborne Port.