Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Rural Broadband Biddisham - Meeting with James Heappey MP

On Friday 31st July we met with James Heappey MP at the Library in Cheddar. 

He was very helpful and understood the situation we had with Broadband in Biddisham. Rural broadband connection was one of Mr Heappey's main concerns and even made it a pledge in his election campaign.

Here is the update on what will be happening with rural broadband in Biddisham and surround Somerset areas from James Heappey himself. The government are aiming to give 100% of households the option of superfast broadband. 

October 2015 - the cabinet on the A38 will be fibre enabled by Openreach. This will improve speeds and give the households close by the option of signing up to superfast broadband.

January/February 2016 - The phase two contract for a company to connect the further away households (remaining 10%) will be signed within 6 months. Households will then know if and when they will get superfast broadband.

Phase two will be complete by 2019. 

James Heappey hoped that for the remaining households who will not be included in phase two, a voucher scheme would be offered by the government to cover the costs of installing alternative methods of broadband ie. satellite, airband or 4G. This would run simultaneously to phase two maintaining the aim for all households to be connected by 2019.

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