Broadband Public Meeting
(Organised by Upottery
Friday, February 6, 2015, 6pm to 8pm
In Upottery Manor Rooms EX14 9PL
Neil Parish, MP for Honiton & Tiverton will chair the meeting.
Invited speakers include:
Phil Norrey, DCC Chief Executive
& Chairman of the CDS Board
Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, DCC
portfolio holder for CDS
Keri Denton, DCC Head
Economy & Enterprise & Director of CDS
Cllr Paul Diviani, Leader,
EDDC & DCC Councillor
Cllr Ross Henley, Somerset CC
& Taunton Deane Councillor
Paul Coles, BT South West
Regional Partnerships Director
Last February, Neil Parish MP said he would like to come back to Upottery one year later to see how broadband provision has improved. It has since got worse, because last February, the whole of Upottery Parish was "Under Evaluation" for superfast fibre broadband but in August, 90% of the parish and large areas of the Blackdown Hills were declared "Out of Programme" by CDS
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) Blue = "under evaluation". Orange = "coming soon".
This map shows the Upottery parish boundary overlaid on the CDS 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 SEP invitation to tender (ITT) was supposed to go out November 20 with suppliers required to respond by January 12 and contract(s) signed April 1st 2015. No ITT has yet been published.