What plans do you have for properties that aren’t included in your current fibre network upgrade programme?

To see if anything is planned in your area through the CSW Broadband Project or through commercial providers, you can use our Check Your Property tool, which shows the currently planned status for each property in the CSW region.

We are doing all that we can to bring in additional funding to take the network further. However, as this is not guaranteed and we don’t know what any future funding streams may cover, you may want to think about other ways to upgrade the broadband in your area.

For example, you could choose to pay Openreach or another major provider to upgrade the infrastructure in your area. If you decide to follow this route then you may want to take a look at the Community Fibre Partnerships website.

Of course, any community solution will need to be paid for! However, the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme which can help with this.

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 (SME) 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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