We have suffered from slow broadband since the development of our estate. Openreach has informed us that there are no current plans to upgrade our broadband cabinet. However, we have the option to co-fund the upgrade ourselves via the Community Fibre Partnership program. Our cost of upgrading the cabinet is £4780. Spacehive charges a 5% fee + transaction fee + VAT so we need to crowdfund approx £5k (these Spacehive charges are industry standard). Our cabinet supplies 290 households. However, it is impossible to expect every household to be able to contribute. We sent out a survey in mid-October 2017 and received 57 responses after 3 weeks. If everyone responded contributes the max amount pledged, we would reach around £4000 - not enough but we're nearly there! Contribution to this project is entirely voluntary, and it is up to you how much you want to contribute. This is our one chance in the foreseeable future to get Fibre in our neighbourhood!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
If the project is successful, residents in the neighbourhood will finally have the option to upgrade to a Fibre Broadband package - this allows us to get at least 50Mbps speeds! This project is co-organised by Yang Min Ng and Colin Field. We're both residents in the neighbourhood and we've lived here for 3+ years. Like you, we've been frustrated with our slow and unreliable broadband speeds. We want to see our neighbourhood get decent internet connections on-par with 95% of the country who already have superfast broadband!
Steps to get it done:
Here are some extra details: 1. To check which cabinet supplies your broadband - go to www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk and enter your postcode/landline. This crowdfunding project is for Eastville Exchange, Cabinet 35 which supplies properties in the Butterfields estate. 2. If our crowdfunding project does not reach the £5k target no money will be taken from your account. 3. Contribution to this project is entirely voluntary - your current (ADSL) internet service is unaffected whether the project succeeds or not. Obviously if more people are able to contribute, we are more likely to reach our £5k target and therefore have Fibre installed. 4. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to meet face-to-face feel free to contact us: Email - Eastville35FTTC@gmail.com / Yang's mobile 0789 4477 910 5. To verify this project please contact Tracy Turner, BT Group Senior Community Support Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org (Ref PF03073/CFP1214)
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We now have evidence for 15 properties receiving under 2Mbps and we can now claim the vouchers. I am awaiting confirmation from David Linton (Openreach) before officially stopping crowdfunding. Please continue to send in your download speeds if it's below 2Mbps (we need some backups!!) I will keep you posted!
Dear all, Many many thanks to all of you who have supported this project so far. We had a meeting with David Linton (Superfast Cornwall Programme Manager) on 15 December 2017, and he has offered us a potential solution. It has become apparent that we may be able to claim a grant of £350 per premise if we can confirm that the address receives a broadband service of below 2Mbps. If we can claim enough premises this may negate any need for crowdfunding. The full briefing for Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme can be found at communityfibre.openreach.co.uk/resources/ - but in short to qualify for a grant we have to collect evidence that each residence receives a broadband service of below 2Mbps - which should take about 5 minutes. a) from your home residence via your home broadband log on to - www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk and run a speed test (Click on the "Start speed test" button) b) take a screen shot of the output and save it on your computer/device c) send an email to me (Eastville35FTTC@gmail.com) stating the following – don’t forget to insert your address and screen shot! ****** Dear Yang Please find attached evidence my property as below receive broadband less than 2Mbps – I attach a screen shot to confirm [insert screen shot] My address is [insert your address] ******* We only need FIFTEEN (15) properties to claim for us to upgrade the cabinet for the entire estate (15 x £350 = £5250) - so please please run a speedcheck now! Please do still email us if you're getting speeds of just above 2Mbps as we may be able to claim anyway. If we receive 15 responses with evidence of broadband <2Mbps, we will be able to stop crowdfunding immediately and no one will have paid any money! If, however, we don't have enough residents getting 2Mbps or below, then we will have to continue crowdfunding here - we have reached 70% of our target already! We will send another update in 1-2 weeks, whether we get 15 or not. If you have any questions feel free contact us. Please please run a speed check. Thanks Yang Eastville35FTTC@gmail.com