How can we get our village to the top of the list for the rollout?

Unfortunately, there is no “magic bullet” that will propel you to the top of any list – as the list does not exist!

When planning the roll-out of the fibre optic network for the current CSW Broadband contracts, Openreach designed the network in the most efficient and effective way to reach as many people as possible with the funds available.

In doing this they take into account many factors including local demographics and geography, planning requirements, the existing engineering infrastructure and the availability of suitable technologies to provide a service.

Due to the size of the project, it must be conducted in stages, meaning that some areas will be enabled before others. This may mean in some instances that parts of the same community have fibre rolled out at different times.

We understand that it is frustrating if your area is one of those to be upgraded later in the programme – our goal is to reach as many people as quickly as possible and if, in the meantime, there are opportunities to speed up the process we will do so.

To see if anything is planned in your area, either through this project or from commercial providers, use our unique property checker, which shows the currently planned status (down to property level) up to the end of 2019.

The information was largely derived from the Open Market Review and Public Consultation that we carried out in preparation for the Contract 3 procurement. If the coverage has been promised by the commercial provider, then we are bound by commercial confidentiality and cannot give further details.

However, if the upgrades are planned through the CSW Broadband project then you can see the status on our latest map and on the Rolling 12-Month Plan.

The best thing is to register for more information through our website. We will send you our e-newsletter, which comes out once a month and contains project updates, information about local meetings and events, broadband news, FAQs, and more.

By providing us with your landline number and address we can also send specific information as we learn more about what is happening in your area.

We are applying for funding from various sources, including through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. This funding is for upgrading broadband to businesses. We therefore need to know where the businesses are.

If you or other local residents run businesses from home and your premises are not shown as a business on our map, you can let us know by using the Map Comments Form on our website.

Of course, it is not possible to upgrade just business premises, so residential homes will also benefit – they just can’t be counted towards the outputs for this particular funding!

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