Neil has welcomed a game-changing broadband deal that will deliver a £62.25 million network to an additional 35,225 of the hardest to reach homes and businesses in Devon and Somerset by 2019.
Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS), the largest Government funded superfast broadband programme in the UK, has today signed new contracts with Ultrafast broadband provider, Gigaclear, for four of the six lots on offer for Phase 2 of its roll-out.
The new contracts mean that homes and businesses will be able to access speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Once connected, residents will be able to download a movie in less than one minute, upload 200 holiday photos in under nine seconds or download an album in just a few seconds.
Neil Parish said: "This is a game-changer of a deal. As Gigaclear offer full Fibre to the Premises broadband, households are able to access the fastest speeds. The onus is now on Gigaclear to deliver and make a big success of the contract. Devon households and businesses deserve nothing less than the best broadband coverage and speeds."
Matt Hancock, Broadband Minister said: “This full fibre project will deliver a tremendous boost to the broadband speeds of thousands of homes and businesses across Devon and Somerset. It will be instrumental in driving growth and will deliver a welcome boost to the local economy. I’m very pleased to see smaller suppliers are now competing for, and winning, contracts for the next phase of the Connecting Devon and Somerset rollout.”
Matthew Hare, Chief Executive at Gigaclear, said: “The signing of contracts marks the beginning of what will be one of the biggest rural full fibre-to-the-premises network rollouts ever to have taken place in the UK, a project we are hugely proud to be part of. Working in partnership with Devon and Somerset County Councils, we can now set the wheels in motion to build a futureproof network, that’s 100% pure fibre, directly to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Gigaclear provides a Gigabit network connection at every property we pass, making sure that no one is left behind.”