Saturday, 11 January 2020

Latest Broadband News from Connecting Devon and Somerset Initiative

On 6 January 2020 the project team at Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) Initiative (mainly taxpayer funded) stated that they were about to launch a new procurement process to appoint a new provider in areas previously awarded to Gigaclear.

If CDS receive viable bids from the private sector it is anticipated that winning bidders would then need several months for mobilisation before CDS can start to release information on intended coverage plans.

In North Devon and Torridge, which was the only area to previously awarded to Gigaclear, rollout continues through with Airband Community Internet.

CDS say that they are also helping communities to investigate other funding possibilities that might attract private sector companies to areas such as taxpayer funded Gigabit Vouchers, or the soon to be launched revised Universal Service Obligation from telecommunications regulator Ofcom.

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