All the residents of households connected to Cabinet 25 on the Flint Telephone Exchange are currently only able to order broadband services providing roughly 15MB download and 1MB upload speeds, which is not sufficient for most households, particularly those who wish to work from home, or have several people on line at the same time. There is the option for the community to raise the funds to pay to upgrade the cabinet to fibre so it can provide superfast broadband speeds. We could then benefit from download speeds of over 50MB down and up to 20MB up. The cost is £4,780 plus the administration costs of the crowdfunding approach which is £500. Eligible residents would be able to claim back the costs of the cabinet upgrade from Welsh Government via the Access Broadband Cymru scheme.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This will benefit residents and properties currently living in the area as well as those moving into the area for many years to come. Superfast Broadband is increasingly becoming a vital utility for those who use the internet for leisure & business alike.
Steps to get it done:
Residents can claim back up to £800 per household from the Welsh Government, and claims are pre-approved prior to proceeding with the scheme. This means that if everyone used their full grant, we'd only need 6 residents to pledge to begin the upgrade! This number increases proportionally depending on how much each resident is willing to pledge up front.
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*****100% Update! - £4,780 pledged so far!***** !!FIBRE BROADBAND IS COMING FOR ALL OF US!! Dear All. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to announce that 100% of the funds I require to initiate the fibre upgrade for Cabinet 25, serving 407 properties in total, have been collected. I signed the contract with Openreach for the work to commence on 13 February 2018. Within 12 months, you will all be able to order fibre broadband products from your chosen Service Provider. At the beginning of 2018, when my campaign had reached its 20% milestone, I contacted Persimmon Homes and was put in touch with their Housing Managing Director. After a small discussion with their marketing team, I was informed that both Persimmons & Anwyl would be happy to jointly support me in my campaign, and provide me with £2,000 each to cover the shortfall of funds for my Community Fibre Partnership. I received their contribution on Monday 12 February. My special thanks & appreciation must go out to all residents who pledged - Andy Litherland, Adam Wilkinson and to Mathew Anwyl (Anwyl Homes) & Mark Cook (Persimmon Homes) for their hugely generous contribution and support. A press release from Persimmon & Anwyl will follow shortly. To those of you who have pledged, I have agreed to pay the remaining £780 and claim this back from the Welsh Government myself. The crowdfunding campaign will close and NO funds will be taken from you.