Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has launched a new scheme to bring faster broadband to the area. 

North Devon Council is urging local residents and small businesses with a broadband speed below 2Mbps (megabytes per second) to apply for a £500 voucher to help pay for the installation of a new broadband connection in their home or premises.

The scheme will run for one year up until March 2017 and is open to individual residents, small businesses and communities. Following an eligibility check, CDS will provide a voucher for use with one of a number of recommended Broadband suppliers, bringing broadband speeds up to a minimum of 10 Mbps.

CDS is still working through the Phase 1 roll-out, which is bringing faster broadband to the area through fibre optic cable installation in towns and villages across the district. However, not all rural areas will be covered by the roll-out and the voucher scheme has been launched as an alternative solution for these areas.

Executive Member for economic development, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “Connecting Devon and Somerset have already brought faster broadband to much of North Devon. However, some areas are still suffering from slow speeds and certain rural areas won’t benefit from the current roll-out. If you think this may apply to you, go online to check your broadband speed and apply.”

For more information and to apply online go to or email