Tourist attraction benefits from faster business broadband

It has been revealed that one of the West Country’s top attractions has been connected to superfast broadband.

Wookey Hole Caves has been connected to the service as part of the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme, which has also brought services to businesses and residential premises in Wookey Village. The village is just one of a number that have benefited from the programme and the aim is to reach 90% residential and business broadband coverage by the end of next year.

The duty manager at Wookey Hole Caves, Chris Goodchild, explained that the addition of superfast broadband will open up a number of possibilities for the attraction. The new services will be used to make the system for online purchases quicker and will pick up any faults in the attraction’s cave lighting and cinema.

The addition of the broadband means that Wi-Fi services will be available to visitors while they are underground so that they can update social media and send messages while in the caves.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme has now reached the halfway point and has provided in excess of 800 cabinets for faster broadband. The programme has already reached more than 180,000 residential and business premises.

The deputy leader of Somerset County Council, David Hall, said that faster services will help to drive economic growth in the area, while the news of the progress of the project has been welcomed by James Heappey, the MP for Wells.