On the 29th January 2013, Connecting Devon and Somerset agreed a deal with BT to deliver high-speed fibre broadband to around 90% of premises by the end of 2016 and to ensure a minimum of 2 Mbps broadband speeds for all.
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Average speeds are currently around 9 Mbps in Devon and around 8 Mbps in Somerset, while about 14% of premises across the two counties receive less than 2 Mbps.
The total value of the contract is £94 million, with BT making a £41 million financial contribution. £10 million is being provided each from Devon and Somerset County Councils with £32 million Government funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and contributions from other public sector partners.
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