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Bath and North East Somerset unveils superfast broadband plan

Monday, September 30th 2013 by Hannah Langston
Bath and North East Somerset Council unveils superfast broadband plan

Plans to roll out superfast broadband to 90 per cent of local properties have been unveiled by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

The project, which is to be carried out under the existing Connecting Devon and Somerset programme, aims to bring high-speed fibre-based connectivity to 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the area by the end of 2016. The final ten per cent of properties are to receive speeds of at least 2Mbps.

Bath and North East Somerset Council (BNES) has also unveiled plans for a superfast broadband rollout that will see the local authority open up 22km of its own fibre optic network.

By opening up its own network, the council hopes to attract inward investment from providers of ultrafast broadband - defined as offering speeds of 300Mbps and above. These companies will be encouraged to deliver services to local high-tech business areas.

In addition, BNES will work with the private sector on the rollout of Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks to public spaces such as shopping centres, sports venues and train stations. These deployments will be particularly focused on areas where the council owns lamp posts, street furniture and other assets that could assist with the scheme.

Councillor Ben Stevens, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: "It is crucial that communities across the Bath and North East Somerset Council area have the best possible broadband speeds."

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