Introduction

We act as the lead accountable body for Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), a local government-led broadband programme, to deliver next generation broadband infrastructure to areas where the market has failed to invest.

CDS’s ambition is to provide superfast broadband speeds of over 24 megabites per second to all premises in the CDS area by 2020 and represents the biggest public-funded broadband programme in England.

CDS activity has been supported by funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) and local authorities across the region, and includes investment from commercial partners: BT, Gigaclear and Airband.