While the arguing over value for money and the BDUK process continues the roll-outs are starting to become more widespread and Connecting Devon and Somerset has announced another 31 communities that should see a superfast service going live by the end of March 2014.
Bishop's Hull, Bridford, Chilton Trinity, Christow, Combe Florey, Comeytrowe, Corfe, Cotford St. Luke, Crediton, Dunchideock, Exminster, Hatherleigh, Hemyock, Newton St. Cyres, North Tawton, Nynehead, Okehampton, Okehampton Hamlets, Petrockstow, Ruishton, Sampford Arundel, Sandford, Shillingford St. George, Shobrooke, South Tawton, Stoke St. Gregory, Thurloxton, Trull, Wembdon, West Buckland and West Monkton.Next wave of 31 places in Devon and Somerset to get superfast broadband
With these 31 communities added to the seven previously announced (areas of Holsworthy, Bradford-on-Tone and Sticklepath have already ‘gone live’, whilst Moretonhampstead, Bishops Lydeard, Monkton Heathfield and Creech St Michael will be upgraded by the end of the month) this takes the number who will be able to order a FTTC based service to some 44,000 premises.
The news release has re-iterated a commitment to ensure a minimum of 2 Mbps to all premises within the programme area. As always we asked about those premises that are 'blessed' with an Exchange Only line, and at this stage of the roll-out these premises are missing out. It is likely that the political pressure to get the roll-outs running at speed after a summer of constant criticism means that those premises needing a little more work may have to wait till later in the roll-out.