My area was to be covered under the commercial rollout but now BT say they won’t be doing it. What can you do to help?

As a commercial provider had already indicated their intention to upgrade your area as part of their own commercial deployment plan, we are not legally allowed to intervene in such areas under State Aid rules.

We were not, therefore, able to invest any of our funding in your area at the time when we planned where we were going to upgrade in Contract 3.

However, any information relating to an area that is no longer due to be upgraded commercially is useful as it allows potential reclassification for inclusion in the CSW Broadband Project if further funding becomes available in the future.

It is, however, entirely possible for a community to decide to raise funds and employ their own solution through, for example, a Community Fibre Partnership.

Before considering a community-funded scheme you should bear in mind that these take time to organise, and require local activists to lead the project.

Of course, any community solution will need to be paid for! A good place to start is the Government’s Gigabit Voucher Scheme.

Under the scheme, homes and businesses in rural areas of the UK may be eligible for funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband when part of a group scheme.

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers worth £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium-sized business  to support the cost of installing new fast and reliable connections.

If a village or community wanted to upgrade its connectivity then the individual vouchers can be pooled together to pay towards the overall cost of the build for that community. This would ensure best value for all concerned and would help to reduce costs overall.

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