Dear Cllr Baker,
Apologies for the delay in our response.
I’ve collated the rollout data for your ward and the coverage percentage are shown below. In total 91% of the premises in your ward have been enabled or are part of a Fastershire rollout contract to access faster broadband.
Residents should visit www.fastershire.com and use the address checker function to see if their property can already access faster broadband or where they sit in Fastershire’s plans.
|Fastershire Strategy Delivery Stage||Coverage %|
|Stage 1: Commercial delivery||26%|
|Stage 2: Fastershire’s contract with BT||49%|
|Stage 3: Fastershire’s contract with Gigaclear||14%|
|Stage 4: Fastershire’s contract with Airband||2%|
|Still requiring intervention||9%|
The stage 3 rollout delivered by Gigaclear in your ward is currently ‘in build’ and will increase coverage to 89%. This rollout will provide access to an ultrafast fibre connection and speeds up to 1000mbps. The project is awaiting a latest deployment plan and we will publish this information as soon as possible.
Under stage 4, Fastershire has recently carried out an open procurement process to engage a network supplier to provide faster broadband to some of those properties who still require access. The project intends to award a delivery contract to Airband, who will provide broadband to 10 property clusters in Herefordshire, subject to BDUK approval. The detail of the rollout for each cluster area will be available via the Fastershire website address checker once all agreements are in place.
For those properties that still require access to faster broadband and are not part of a rollout contract, the project will be exploring a number of solutions. This could be through a contract extension with an existing supplier or a bespoke grant, but this will be subject to securing additional funding. Businesses can already apply for Fastershire business broadband grant, and for residents, those premises that currently access broadband download capacity below 2Mbps can still take advantage of the Better Broadband Scheme.
As I mentioned, all information is available for residents using the Fastershire address checker at www.fatsershire.com.
Fastershire Broadband Project