We want to help communities to secure the funding they need to get fibre broadband in their area
Although the local exchange and many areas of Kingham village have been upgraded, the primary school and nearby homes and businesses still have only basic broadband available, with no plans for an upgrade. The current internet access is insufficient for the needs of the 200 children at the school, as well as local families, people working from home, and local businesses. BT Community Fibre Partnerships offer matched funding towards the cost of network infrastructure to serve schools in this situation. Based on a quotation from BT Openreach, we are seeking to raise a community contribution to upgrade the communications cabinet on the village green that serves the school and over 100 nearby homes and business premises. Once upgraded, the school and other premises served by this cabinet will be able to choose from a range of service providers offering high-speed internet access. Find out more at: www.communityfibre.bt.com
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This Community Fibre Partnership scheme will support the local village school and help to connect the local community. It will enhance the educational opportunities for pupils and the operation of the school. At the same time it will enable families in nearby homes to benefit from better broadband and help local small businesses.
Steps to get it done:
We are seeking pledges from the families of children at the school and from nearby homes and businesses that will benefit from the availability of better broadband. We are looking for a community contribution of whatever you can afford. Any amount will help us reach our goal. The sooner we reach our target, the sooner we can start the project. Just 60 pledges of an average of £50 each will enable this upgrade. Pledges will only be charged once we reach our initial target of £3,000. We will then arrange a contract with BT Openreach to commence the infrastructure upgrade and BT will provide matching funding. There is a limited pot of grant money available. Other projects are already in progress so we need to act fast to secure this matching funding and reduce the total that we need to raise. Any additional funds raised through pledges will be invested in further improvements to internet access for the school.
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