Devon to get Super Fast Broadband

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, has welcomed the government’s decision to award £30 million to bring superfast internet to rural regions.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the Government was backing a joint bid led by Devon and Somerset County Councils to help the rollout of superfast broadband across rural areas.

The Devon and Somerset bid, with support from Plymouth, North Somerset and Torbay Councils, was one of only three to get the go ahead from the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) Unit.

Mr Cox said, “After years of campaigning for it, I am delighted that the businesses and homes in my constituency will at last be able to benefit from having broadband. The Government has recognised that Broadband is becoming just as essential to homes and businesses as electricity and telephone lines and rural areas will now have access to the connection speeds more commonly associated with towns and cities.”

The investment is expected to give a £750 million boost to the local economy and could create 50,000 new jobs across the two counties.