Is this programme really going to help rural areas?
The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme specifically aims to deliver improved broadband for rural Devon and Somerset. Funding has been awarded on the basis that it must be spent in areas that will not benefit from commercial investment. These areas are predominantly rural.
However, in order to reach the most rural areas in the quickest and most efficient way possible, we have to ensure the necessary backhaul infrastructure (foundations) are in place to support the new network. This will involve building out from current infrastructure in order to reach the most rural areas, whilst at the same time ensuring value for money and the greatest potential overall coverage for the programme as a whole from current funds.