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Airband, Openreach and Wessex Internet are all currently working with Connecting Devon and Somerset to provide full fibre broadband access to rural homes and businesses.

How the programme will be delivered
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Connecting hard to reach areas

Our contracts subsidise the construction of the network with the aim of connecting as many homes and businesses as funding will allow in areas where the commercial companies won’t invest on their own.

What you need to know

  • Broadband connection

    If you already have an Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) connection you won’t automatically be upgraded, and you need to request a connection to superfast broadband.

    Contact an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to check if you can be connected:
    – This can be your existing supplier;
    – Consider the different packages and what is important for you in terms of speed, cost, download limits and contract length;
    – Shop around – visit a price comparison site such as, or
    Take out a new contract and start accessing superfast broadband
    – Usually the ISP will arrange your connection within a couple of weeks of placing your order;
    Those already in an existing contract with their ISP should be able to upgrade to a superfast package if you get in contact with them. Alternatively those who are near to the end of their contracts can wait and choose from one of the many suppliers to get the best deal.

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  • Wireless broadband

    If you are in an existing ADSL contract, it is unlikely that you will be able to upgrade with your existing supplier.

    The reason for this is that not all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer wireless technology.
    If you are aware that wireless technology is being rolled out close to you and your current contract is coming to an end, it might be worth remaining in your existing contract without renewing until you are able to take up a new service. This means you won’t be entering into a new 12 – 18 month contract and you will be free to upgrade to superfast wireless broadband when it becomes available to you.

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More information about building the network