Newsletter — June 2012

In this month’s update:

  • Top questions this month
  • We have now recruited our 100th Local Broadband Champion
  • Could you be a Champion for your area?
  • CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation
  • Updated copy available for use your in your newsletters or on your own website
  • Don’t forget to visit our website:

Top questions this month:

How will the money be spent?

We have just over £4m from the Local Authorities, matched by the same amount from government. On top of this the successful bidder will be expected to invest a similar amount as they will own and operate the wholesale infrastructure once it is installed. The intention is to provide a network offering 100% coverage at a minimum of 2Mbps, and 90% coverage at superfast speeds of over 24Mbps. This is a significant increase over what is currently available in most of our rural areas. It is worth pointing out that this is a wholesale infrastructure – meaning that any Internet Service Provider can offer services over the network. This will increase competition and drive down costs, and will mean that if you are already using a provider you should not need to change (although its always a good idea to shop around for the best deal!)

Why are postcodes important?

When completing your survey (either electronically or in hard copy) please remember to include your postcode and the village in which you live. This is important because we need to be able to map the responses as part of the data that we are collecting for the procurement of the contractor to provide the network. Obviously the contractor will be looking at commercial return, and will prioritise those areas that show a higher level of returns – and we can’t establish that without having locations.

What’s in it for me? / Why should I engage?

This question gets asked more often than you might expect. Not everybody uses a computer (often because they can’t get a decent Internet speed!) or perhaps they are happy with what they have. Here are 3 simple reasons why everybody should complete their surveys and spread the word:

  1. As previously mentioned, suppliers will prioritise areas where there is a high level of demand – 100% response from a village with 100 houses is better than a 10% response from a village with 1000 houses. Also, we will be competing to get the best tender at a time when the whole of the UK is also looking for contractors. Therefore we HAVE to show a high level of demand in order to be able to show that it is commercially viable for the contractor to invest in our area –and to get the maximum possible coverage from them
  2. You may not use broadband now, but what about in the future? With more services moving on-line, and with rural transport becoming less reliable (and more expensive) you might need Internet banking and the ability to do your weekly shop online and have it delivered in the future
  3. Even if you do not need broadband now and don’t expect to want it in the future, what will happen when you come to sell your house? We are already seeing evidence of house purchasers making decisions based on broadband availability and speeds – and that can only increase in the future! Homes without broadband availability may lose value compared to those that are fully enabled.

We have now recruited our 100th Local Broadband Champion

Mark Skinner of Arley registered through the website  and was surprised to find that he was the 100th person to register to help their local community.

Mark said: “I live in a rural community where we know that we will never get decent broadband unless we engage with the CSW Broadband project. We have been running a campaign with our local Borough Councillors Carol Fox and Karen Barber, and being part of the main project means that we will now get the resources and support to really make a difference. Improved broadband is so important for us to be able to communicate, to work from home, and for our young people to be able to access educational materials, that I felt I wanted to do something to help. We are asking residents to complete the on-line surveys at as that is the only way that we can prove to the telecoms companies that there is enough demand in this area to make a viable business case”.

As a Local Community Broadband Champion Mark is working with others in Arley and the surrounding areas to make sure that people are aware of the benefits of superfast broadband and that they all play their part in helping to show demand for improved services in their area.

Could you be a Champion for your area?

We still have gaps in our Local Broadband Champions coverage. You can see where these are on our interactive maps: Even if there is a Champion for your area they will be glad of any help they can get with the campaign. For information about what being a Champion involves please visit or drop us an email to – we look forward to hearing from you

CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation

We are now on the major social media channels and are already creating a buzz. Join in for up-to-date information and an opportunity to influence how the project develops

Updated copy available for use your in your newsletters or on your own website

We are preparing monthly bulletins for use in electronic or printed form so that you can simply cut and paste them into your own publications. As parishes are starting their campaigns at different times we are making the updates available for download from our website so that they can be used in the logical order, visit:

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