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Investment through the CDS programme is helping to connect some of the hardest to reach communities in England, where the commercial market will not provide the infrastructure without public subsidy.

The Government set a national target to deliver 100% broadband coverage by 2015 with a minimum of 85% superfast broadband. The Government anticipated that 80% of the network would be built commercially. In reality less than a third of connections have been built commercially, leaving CDS and other similar programmes nationally having to provide coverage to many more properties.

The CDS programme is funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Heart of the South West LEP, CDS local authorities, European Regional Development Fund and the Rural Development Programme for England.