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Another voucher scheme to help those waiting on better broadband
Monday 11 April 2016 15:49:38 by Andrew Ferguson

Residents and businesses in Devon and Somerset who are mainly outside the scope of the existing phase 1 contract that CDS has with BT are now able to apply for a voucher worth up to £500 to help get better broadband up and running with an approved supplier. It appears that those inside the phase 1 project area but still getting under 2 Mbps may be able to apply too.

Only those with speeds under 2 Mbps are eligible so the scheme is targeting the Universal Service Commitment but apparently all the solutions on offer guarantee a minimum 10 Mbps connection in the download direction at least. Taking a voucher now will not automatically exclude people from the phase 2 contract once a supplier has been arrived at.

The approved suppliers are AB Internet and airband who both offer a fixed wireless solution, Avonline Broadband and Satellite Technology who supply satellite broadband and finally TrueSpeed who are rolling out a FTTH network in North East Somerset around the Priston area.

The voucher scheme will run until March 2017 by which time we hope that a phase 2 superfast contract will have been signed for Devon and Somerset and everyone will have a better idea reached of who will be providing the service and how deep into the countryside it will reach, though from what we have heard it may not be one single contract but a number of smaller contracts covering different parts of the two counties.

Comments

Posted by rupegroup 8 months ago
For my area in Mid Devon this scheme is of limited use. Of the 5 approved suppliers you have to use 3 dont serve our area and the other 2 are both Satellite providers. Both of who have offered low cost or free installation before. So you may save a few quid on installtion but then have to pay over £54.95 a month if you want 50gb which is still less than the 82Gb Ofcom say the average home uses per month.
Roll on phase 2 in 2017
Posted by New_Londoner 8 months ago
I'm not sure there is any realistic chance of much more coverage being delivered by the end of 2017, and no chance of the council hitting its 95% super fast target.

Perhaps if they'd spent less time posturing before MPs and the press, more time negotiating, something worthwhile would be in delivery by now. Still, nice to see them rearranging the vouchers on deck whilst the target sinks before their eyes.
Posted by chilting 8 months ago
@rupegroup
You need to ask the participating fixed wireless operators if they can extend their network to your area. A year is plenty long enough for them to plan and build new networks on demand and the vouchers will help to make these networks commercially viable.
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