Good internet access is important for many people, whether to do business, to learn or to shop. Dartmoor National Park Authority is committed to supporting it’s communities access superfast broadband, and to achieve this we are working closely with the Connecting Devon and Somerset project team to ensure that Superfast Broadband rollout is delivered for Dartmoor as soon as possible.
Dartmoor’s challenging topography, deep rurality and sparse, dispersed population add to the complexities in delivering superfast broadband coverage and innovative solutions using a mix of technologies will be required to achieve the local ambition of 100% of premises be able to access superfast broadband by 2020.
Connecting Devon and Somerset programmes
Phase 1 of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project will deliver superfast broadband access to an estimated 60% of premises within Dartmoor. In addition, over £700,000 of additional funding has been secured by Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park’s to extend the reach in this phase to 75% of Dartmoor and 69% of Exmoor premises by the end of 2016.
This first phase being delivered by BT Openreach using a fibre connection, meaning premises within the rollout area can access a superfast service via a telephone land line.
More information on Phase 1 of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme (external website, opens new window). You can use your postcode to check when you can expect high speed fibre broadband and also see the ‘Get up to Speed’ events going on in your area.
‘Connecting Dartmoor & Exmoor’
Announced in July 2015, ‘Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor’ is part of phase 2 of the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme. It will deliver a dedicated programme of superfast broadband coverage across Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, connecting some 5,800 homes and businesses and bringing superfast coverage to an estimated 90% of premises by the end of 2017 (the majority of delivery is currently expected in 2016).
The delivery partner is Airband, a Worcester based company, specialist in delivery of high speed wireless broadband solutions for remote rural areas. Fixed wireless broadband is a high speed internet connection that doesn’t need a phone line or cable. It uses wireless technologies designed to overcome physical conditions such as trees, hills or structures and works by passing a radio signal from a transmitter to a receiver on or near to the premises. A cable then takes the connection into the building allowing the end-user to connect to the internet the same way as via fibre or an ADSL connection.
Airband will be running its own recruitment and procurement and will be looking to local contractors to undertake much of the work on the ground.
More information on the Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor programme (external website, opens new window).
If you want to know more about Dartmoor National Park's involvement in Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor, then contact Jo Rumble, Communities Officer. 01626 831024