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Full Fibre Broadband for Whatstandwell

Full Fibre Broadband for Whatstandwell Expressions of interest are being sought from Whatstandwell residents to ascertain if there is
enough support / demand to pursue acquiring high speed full fibre broadband to village homes.

At present the village is served by FTTC – fibre to the cabinet – meaning that old inefficient copper wires are still used from the cabinet to the home. The further away you are from the cabinet (our fibre cabinet is located next to The Family Tree) the poorer the signal and speed become.

It is unlikely that the village will get any improved service / infrastructure in the near future without some form of proactive effort (as many other rural communities up and down the country have done) as there are no plans by any of the major providers to offer improved or alternative cable services into our village any time soon or at all.

In May 2019, the government launched its second wave of funding under the Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme to support the cost of installing gigabitcapable broadband to homes and businesses in rural areas of the UK when part of a group scheme.

Who is eligible?
Homes and businesses with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections when part of a group scheme. Group projects are when two or more residents and/or SMEs get together to combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is supplier-led. This means suppliers will be requesting the voucher on behalf of their customers (from the government). The value of the voucher(s) will contribute to the build cost of installing a gigabit-capable connection at the customer’s premises. Gigabit broadband vouchers (£1,500 per home / £3,500 for SMEs) are a one-off contribution to homes and small businesses that want to install a faster, more reliable connection over gigabit-capable infrastructure in group projects.

In order to make the project viable and minimise or preferably negate any personal outlay by households there needs to be a strong demand to off-set the build & installation cost with the vouchers (in some instances the contractor may also contribute towards the costs under a community fibre partnership).

If you would like to express an interest in obtaining full fibre broadband to your premise please email whatstandwell.fullfibre@gmail.com

July 2020