East Chiltington

Community Broadband - Deadline extended

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!

Step 1– Interested? We need to know ASAP. We need some basic information from everyone who is interested so OpenReach can assess the work involved. Please fill out and return the form we have dropped with you, or email us for further information and a form at eastchiltingtoncommunitybroadband@outlook.com If you are interested please get in touch ASAP or we won’t be able to include you in our initial application

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. 

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



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