Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge will continue to miss out on
Superfast Broadband until 2017 and possibly 2020
In August 2014, Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) released new coverage maps showing that Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge have now been declared "OUT OF PROGRAMME" by CDS and will get no benefit from the £94M being invested in Superfast Broadband (>24Mbps) across the two counties, despite the fact that the people of Upottery parish pay the same taxes as everyone else.
Read more about this and what it means for you at Broadband
This is the August 2014 map from the CDS website showing that Upottery, Smeatharpe and Rawridge are all now "OUT OF PROGRAMME" (the grey area on the map)
A new On-line Petition has been set up requesting Devon & Somerset County Councils to ensure that the chosen Superfast Extension Programme supplier(s) provides superfast broadband to as close to 100% of all properties in the two counties as is possible by requiring supplier(s) to invest in the project and not simply settling for the easy option of just spending public money only to get 95% coverage, thereby leaving 45,000 properties with no improvement in broadband until the end of this decade.
The request for tenders will go out November 20 with supplier contract(s) signed April 1st 2015.
On September 18, the earlier 1,100 name broadband petition for Faster Rural Broadband, run from this website, together with a letter from Parish Councillors in Upottery, Yarcombe and Otterford parishes was handed to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport and responsible for the UK Superfast Broadband project.
This was made possible by Rebecca Pow, the prospective Conservative candidate for Taunton Deane in next year's General Election.
Parish Councillors from Upottery, Churchstanton, Yarcombe and Otterford parishes discuss the 1,100 name petition for better rural broadband with Rebecca Pow outside the Candlelight Inn in Bishopswood
Left to right, Mike Canham (Otterford), Steve Horner (Yarcombe), Ian Firth (Churchstanton), Graham Long (Upottery), Rebecca Pow.
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