East Chiltington

Faster broadband for East Chiltington?

East Chiltington Friends and Neighbours: is your internet speed too slow??

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme - Government money to help us!

The families and businesses living in East Chiltington are in the last 5% of households in the UK who suffer very slow internet speeds. But, good news: there is now something we can do about this.  A new government scheme called the Gigabit Voucher Broadband Scheme https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/rural/can help you get faster internet.  

The scheme is aimed at people with download speeds of less than 30mbps - something most of us can only dream of – and offers between £500 and £1,500 per household and up to £3,500 per SME (small and medium size enterprises) towards the cost of installing superfast broadband.  A gigabit connection can be as fast as 330 mbps!  Yes, you did read that right!  https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/home/how-fast/

If we pull together as a community, we have an excellent chance of making this happen as we can pool the value of our vouchers to fund OpenReach for the improvements. The more families and small businesses who get involved, the more vouchers the community gets, and the more money the government will give towards the project.  

By getting the village together we can say bye-bye to buffering box sets, so long to stuttering streaming services and farewell to frustrating facetime calls. We will be able take advantage of fibre broadband speeds allowing faster downloads, a reliable internet supply, easier homeworking and happier families!

Next Steps?

Step 1 – Interested?  We need some basic information from everyone who is interested so Open Reach can assess the work involved. Please email the address below by 31st October to receive a simple form. At this point we will only share your address and landline(s) and whether there is a school, charity or business at your address with Openreach, and there is absolutely no obligation to proceed. 

Step 2 - We will collate and send everyone’s addresses to the Openreach Community Fibre Partnership team 

Step 3 - Openreach will give us an indicative cost for the scheme.

Step 4 –We will get back in touch with you and explain what happens next, maybe even getting Openreach to come to a community meeting.  


If you would like to be involved, please email us at eastchiltingtoncommunitybroadband@outlook.com  and we will email you a form to gather the necessary information. The deadline for the return of these forms is 31st October, so please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Thank you

Buzz Harrison, Chris Farmelo, Georgie Elwes, Anna Hardy, Charlie Boulton, Amanda Inglis, Jayne Block



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