This is 'Community Broadband' scheme. If between us we commit to fund a certain amount then BT Openreach will connect the cabinet and maintain the infrastructure with no ongoing cost to us. If you offer to contribute then your money will ONLY be taken if enough is raised from everyone else to hit the total required. If we don't hit the target then your pre-authorisation is not used and no money will be taken from your account. Our Broadband cabinet serves 116 households in the following 7 postcodes: KT8 9BP, KT8 9BW, KT8 9BU, KT8 9BW, KT8 9BN, KT8 9BD and KT8 0DG. If we raise the money and you have broadband already your speed will increase when the cabinet is connected. If you don't have broadband yet then you will need to contract with a service provider to get the service.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Most of us want faster broadband. BT have offered to connect our part of the street if - between us - we raise about £5100 across the 116 households who would benefit. If everyone gets involved the the average amount needed from each household is £40. (I guess not everyone will get involved, so please pledge more if you are able to! I am pledging £598 myself to get things started) IF we succeed then £4684 of the total collected will go to BT. The other £484 covers the cost of this website plus transaction fees for collecting the pledges and VAT.
Steps to get it done:
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Together we’ve already raised £3750 of the £5150 we need to get the upgrade done. That’s 72%, which is god news. But there’s still a distance to go. A number of the properties on the road are empty or rented on relatively short leases and the rate of new people coming forward on this site has slowed down over the past week. If you leave aside 3 early pledges of over £500 each then the average has been about £60; so at the current rate we need 24 more pledges to get to the total Based on chats with people who have done this before we should try to get this done in the next 10 days or so if we’re going to succeed. Although the Openreach deadline is 15 April, there are two Easter weeks when a lot of people will be doing other things.And successful projects typically raise most of the money in the first few weeks. So Chris Brown and I are doing everything we can to progress things now, because we don’t want the opportunity to fizzle out. Fingers' crossed we'll get this done. The sooner we do then the less time we have to wait for faster broadband speeds! Meanwhile, thanks for getting involved......