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 quickly 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 has delivered additional superfast broadband access to an estimated 60% of premises within Dartmoor. In addition, over £700,000 of additional funding was secured by Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park Authorities to extend the reach in this phase to 75% of Dartmoor and 69% of Exmoor premises by the end of 2016.
This first phase was 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 whether you can access 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 phase 2 of the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme for Dartmoor and Exmoor. It will deliver a dedicated programme of improved and superfast broadband coverage connecting some of our remotest homes and businesses and bringing superfast coverage up to an estimated 96% of premises by the end of 2017.
The delivery partner for Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor is Airband, a Worcester based company, specialist in delivery of high speed wireless broadband solutions for remote rural areas.
More information on Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor programme, including information on when, where and how it will deliver better connectivity across Dartmoor.
If you want to know more about Dartmoor National Park's involvement in Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor, contact Jo Rumble, Communities Officer. 01626 831024