A further 1,110 homes and businesses in South Somerset will benefit from superfast broadband access by Blandford-based Wessex Internet, thanks to additional funding secured by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) as part of a planned rollout to bring connectivity to hard-to-reach people. areas.
The additional properties will be added to around 3,600 homes and businesses that Wessex Internet already covers under its three-year state-funded contract awarded by CDS in 2020 – bringing the total to over 4,700.
Wessex Internet will now extend the network to connect to even more rural communities, including the surrounding areas of Isle Abbotts, Bower Hinton, Yeabridge, South Petherton and Tintinhull.
Initial planning for these additional properties is currently underway, and a comprehensive community engagement program will be rolled out to ensure residents are fully informed of the plans.
The first homes were connected last year in the North Cadbury area and work continues on building the network in villages including Hardington Mandeville, Chilthorne Domer, Ashington, Mudford, Yeovil Marsh, Odcombe and East and West Coker .
Hector Gibson Fleming, Managing Director of Wessex Internet, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring superfast broadband to even more people in rural areas as we extend our reach to the western part of South Somerset where we know that ‘there is a real demand for a fast and efficient broadband connection.”
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