Connecting Dartmoor

Connecting Dartmoor

The latest update (PDF) on  Dartmoor and Exmoor’s superfast broadband project

‘Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor’ is delivering superfast and improved broadband coverage across Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, enabling around 5,000 homes and businesses to get better connected.

Our delivery partner is Airband Community Internet (external site), a 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 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.

Our 'Questions and Answers' (PDF) fact sheet gives more detail on the programme and explains the technology being used.

The Authority has worked closely with Airband to find the best locations for the transmitters to provide good coverage with minimal impact to the special qualities of the National Park.  We agreed a Planning Protocol (PDF) and developed installation guidance   which shows how an Airband antenna can be installed on your premises while respecting the special qualities of the National Park.

Dartmoor Better Connected Events

A rolling programme of events will provide communities, businesses and members of the public with information on the Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor superfast broadband programme and to help people make the most of current or future faster broadband on Dartmoor.

As part of this the Get up to Speed communities offering free workshops and talks for both communities and businesses to boost digital skills and share the benefits of superfast broadband.  You can view the topics that can be covered on the 'Get up to Speed' business and community activity menu page (external website, opens new windows).

In addition, Cosmic (external website, opens new window), experts in digital training are offering free one to one training and support for rural businesses such as farming and tourism and for social enterprises such as village shops and pubs.

If you want to know more about Dartmoor National Park's involvement in Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor, then contact Jo Rumble, Communities Officer on 01626 831024

More information on the Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor programme (external website, opens new window).