Broadband: South West

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 30th July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the regional and national economic effects of the present rate of the roll-out of superfast broadband in Devon and Somerset.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Connecting Devon and Somerset Phase 1 broadband project is approximately half way through delivery of its target of providing superfast broadband coverage to 276,000 premises. In June 2015 Connecting Devon and Somerset entered into a further contract under Phase 2 of the broadband programme to provide coverage to a minimum of 4,659 premises in Exmoor and Dartmoor. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport published a study with analysis on the impact of superfast broadband in 2013. This is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-broadband-impact-study--2

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