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Superfast broadband roll-out 'was too slow'

The contract to provide superfast broadband in hard-to-reach areas of Devon and Somerset has been ended.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset scheme says it now intends to launch a new procurement this Autumn.

Gigaclear had five contracts, but was in default of meeting targets

Connecting Devon and Somerset has withheld public subsidy from Gigaclear which has been 'attempting to produce a satisfactory recovery plan'.

It comes as a first-of-its-kind survey is underway to understand the impact of slow average broadband speeds on Somerset companies.

The county's Chamber of Commerce is behind it.

They hope to use the results to lobby officials for better infrastructure.

The survey runs until the 23rd of September with the results due to be revealed during the Chamber's Digital Trends and Tech Innovation event at Strode College on Wednesday October 2.

The chamber's chief exec Stephen Henagulph said: "Businesses across Somerset consistently tell us that poor broadband services are hampering their business growth.

"The aim of the survey is to discover where the main problem areas lie to enable the Chamber to lobby for improvements and to help businesses find solutions to their internet issues."

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