Data suggests that the availability of ultra-fast broadband (>300Mbit/s) and full-fibre (with the potential for 1Gbit/s) is lower across Somerset when compared to the national profile, illustrating that the availability of both tends to be lower in more rural areas. The availability of either broadband capability is particularly low in South Somerset and West Somerset (the data does not yet reflect the merging of authorities into Somerset West and Taunton).
There remains areas across Somerset which do not yet receive a broadband service of up to 30Mbit/s, with a proportion below the Universal Service Obligation (USO) – basic fixed line services available at an affordable price. Whilst, the majority of premises across Somerset are now able to receive Superfast Broadband speeds (up to 30Mbit/s), there remains a significant number of premises who do not – with Mendip appearing to have the largest ‘digital gap’.
Source: Connected Nations Report – Spring 2022