Gigaclear has today announced significant delays to the roll-out of their network in the 5 Lot areas of the CDS region that they are responsible for – go HERE
for the full statement.
Whilst today’s statement by Gigaclear is deeply disappointing, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) is committed to delivering superfast broadband to rural communities on top of the 300,000 homes and businesses who already have access to broadband thanks to CDS. Gigaclear has been instructed to provide a full remedial plan to improve its performance in each of the five CDS contract areas. CDS will consider the revised plans and whether the extent of the delays expected are acceptable.
Given the importance of the outcome for our communities, all options will be carefully considered and any final decision will be taken in discussion with our funding partners. We know that delivering broadband services is vital to our residents and businesses. We will reach a decision as quickly as possible, however, we need to ensure the right outcome and the best solution for our communities within the available options.
In the interim, Gigaclear is continuing its roll-out at the company’s own risk where work has started. Elsewhere, Airband’s roll-out is continuing with the support of CDS subsidy and is unaffected by today’s announcement.
We will keep communities informed of any decisions through their elected representatives as well as publishing updates on the CDS website and social media.
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