Connecting Devon and Somerset

In December 2020, we were 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 extending our existing 2,000km fibre network in Dorset, South Wiltshire and parts of South Somerset to thousands more Somerset homes and businesses, providing them with the ultrafast reliable internet connection they deserve.

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 of Devon and Somerset will be connected by Wessex Internet?
    Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) divided the counties into 6 lots that were tendered separately. We’ve been awarded the contract for Lot D which covers the South Somerset area.
    We’re finalising our implementation plans and will provide further details of where we will cover and how we will roll out in early 2021.
  • How do I know if my house will be connected?
    Once our roll out plans are agreed we’ll update the address checker on our website so you can check if your property is covered.
  • When will you be connecting my area?
    The network roll out is from Spring 2021 through to 2023. We’ll be able to give further details of the project timescales by area on this website in early 2021. You can also sign up to our newsletter.
  • How long will it take to connect all properties?
    We have been awarded the contract for a three-year programme of work. We’re passionate that rural areas should not be the last to benefit from ultrafast connectivity and will roll out services as quickly as we can.
  • Do I have to use Wessex Internet as my Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
    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 to offer their services over the network too.
  • How can communities get involved and support the delivery?
    We have found that these projects are most successful where we work in partnership with local communities. We often work with local Community Champions who help the spread the word of our plans and ensure we address any community concerns. Community support, and the co-operation of local landowners, can help us roll out faster. If you would like to get involved or be a Community Champion for your area please email cds.communities@wessexinternet.com.
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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.