Bringing faster broadband to Cotheridge and Broadwas
Thanks to a government funding scheme the Parish Council are working with Worcestershire County Council Superfast Broadband Team and BT Openreach to help all businesses and homes in the parish have a better internet connection.
Presently most of us benefit from the fibre network that links local cabinets to exchanges, however the connection between local cabinets still relies on copper wires, which depending on where you live or work can mean that connection speeds are slow and or can’t keep up with demand. The scheme means that subject to there being enough local commitment that a fibre connection can be installed to most addresses in the parish. As a result, there will be a faster and more reliable connection, which as the use of the internet continues to expand, we all will stand more chance of keeping up.
We are now at the stage where the parish has been divided into 4 areas (Cotheridge main village), areas around, Little Green and Broadwas main village.
We have now had the first provisional estimate for the cost of installing full fibre to 57 addresses in Cotheridge and 124 in Broadwas.
All will shortly receive a letter and a form to be returned as soon as possible and no later than 15th March.
You can download the form and letter here.
Remember whilst you might not think it is something you need now, you might in the future, and this is a chance to have the cost of installation covered by government funding. If you were to have it installed yourself then depending on where you live the cost could range from c £1800 - £5000 +.
If you run or have a business, then please remember that these attract the higher value vouchers and therefore really help with the overall viability of the scheme.
The more people who sign up the more likely it is that it will happen.
We can then apply for a government voucher, which should mean if there are enough people who sign up, that the value of the vouchers will match the cost of instillation. As a result, all those who sign up will within 12 months or sooner have a fibre connection. The only commitment needed is an undertaking to activate the service with a provider (as the connection offers much higher speeds and volumes) for 12 months.
We realise that not everyone has or wants the internet, and that for some people faster and improved connection may not be a priority. But looking to the future it does seem that Superfast broadband will be the norm, and of course being able to take up on this opportunity which relies on enough people doing so, will benefit many including local businesses.
Please return forms by the 15th March or follow these links to load down the Sign Up Form,for your area complete and email the reply to Richard Burrows. Then hopefully the order can be placed.
or contact Parish Councillor Richard Burrows email: email@example.com