The first rural communities in Devon and Somerset are set to benefit from the rollout of superfast broadband as part of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project.
Homes and businesses in the Somerset locations of Bradford on Tone, Bishops Lydeard, Creech St Michael and Monkton Heathfield; and Moretonhampstead, Holsworthy and Sticklepath in Devon are to see internet speed improvements by the end of the year.
New fibre-to-the-cabinet technology will see broadband rates increase from 8Mbps and 9.2Mbps in the respective areas up to a potential 80Mbps as part of a £94 million investment from BDUK.
David Hall, deputy leader of Somerset County Council, said: "The fact that we are able to announce some areas are being built well before the programme originally anticipated is tremendous news for the project."
Meanwhile, for individuals living in areas where superfast broadband services are not scheduled for implementation in the near future, the uptake of satellite broadband could be an excellent option to boost internet speeds.