Connecting Devon and Somerset

Delivering full fibre to South Somerset

We have been contracted by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) to deliver ultrafast full fibre broadband to homes and businesses in rural areas of South Somerset.

We will be bringing our full fibre network to more than 3,600 properties in some of the district’s most rural areas providing them with the ultrafast reliable internet connection they deserve.

Our network roll-out plans

Over the next three years, we will be building our network to a number of hamlets and villages across South Somerset. This map highlights the areas where coverage will be available to eligible properties.

We will be starting network construction in the Galhampton area in April 2021 and installing the first properties in North and South Barrow, Woolston and surrounding areas in Autumn 2021.

How we install our full fibre network in rural areas

We have a unique cost-effective approach to building networks in rural areas, working in partnership with local landowners. By crossing fields and farmland, rather than digging up roads, we can roll out quickly and minimise disruption to local residents.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What areas are you connecting?

Please view our map for more details of the areas we will be connecting.

Will my house will be connected?

Our coverage checker will be ready during May and you will be able to see if your property is eligible under this programme. Please bear with us until then – or register for updates.

When will you be connecting my area?

Our network build will commence in May 2021 and this will carry on through to 2024. More detailed information for your area and property will be available in May.

When can I order broadband?

We will release a coverage checker in May so you can see if your property is included. You will be able to order from us or any participating wholesale provider shortly after.

Are you connecting all houses in these locations?

The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme will connect properties in these areas that can’t access superfast broadband and have a broadband speed of less than 30Mbps. Our coverage checker will be ready during May 2021 and you will be able to see if your property is eligible under this programme.

Why isn’t my area included?

These are the areas we have been contracted to deliver by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS). For all homes and businesses without superfast broadband which cannot be connected under this contract, CDS will work with BDUK and the commercial sector to find alternative solutions. For more information click here

Will you close roads in my village?

As you will see from our video, we try to build our network across fields and farmland, rather than roads where possible, to keep disruption to a minimum. We will work closely with residents, businesses and parish councils to ensure you are kept well informed about any upcoming work in your area.

Do I have to sign up with Wessex Internet?

All properties connected will be able to take a Wessex Internet service if they would like. However, the network will be an open access wholesale network, which means that other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able offer their services over the network too.

How can I get involved ?

We work closely within the local community before during and after each stage of the work. We often work with local Community Champions who help to spread the word of our plans and ensure we address any community concerns. We’re always on the look out for people who want to get involved – so please do get in touch with us at cds.communities@wessexintern

What happens next?

We will make contact with landowners, residents and businesses in your area with details of our plans a few months in advance. You can register your interest here, and we advise you to check this website as we will be updating it regularly.

Connecting Devon and Somerset has been set up to deliver next generation broadband infrastructure to areas where the market has failed to invest.

CDS is a local government-led partnership aimed at drawing on the strengths of each sector to implement a cost efficient plan to bring superfast broadband to Devon and Somerset.

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