What is it?
We are starting a Community Fibre Partnership scheme with Openreach in a bid to bring true superfast broadband internet to homes in the Bibstone area.
South Gloucestershire Council have recently finished their “Phase 3” allocation in order to improve broadband in the area and unfortunately it appears there are currently no immediate plans for the stretch of houses along Tortworth Road in Bibstone.
After contacting the Parish Council, South Gloucestershire Council and Luke Hall MP, we have been asked by the Parish Council if we can help lead a working group to start a Community Fibre Partnership.
What is the Community Fibre Partnership?
Wherever you are, and whatever you need faster broadband for, the community fibre partnerships model brings fibre broadband to homes and businesses by building a customised solution to meet your needs.
Where possible we bring together funding from Local Authorities, Government voucher schemes and other grants to help make things affordable – plus Openreach contribute toward the cost in line with their own commercial model.
The process involves gathering the details of all those who want to see their broadband improved and submitting these to OpenReach.
They cover their usual business model costs and then as a community we would be required to raise funds to cover the remaining amount.
Why is this needed?
The community as a whole have suffered poor internet for many years now, due to a poor infrastructure in the area. Broadband is served from cabinets that are too far away to retain any decent broadband speed (either from Charfield Hill or Wickwar). Even with the FTTC (fiber to the cabinet) upgrades a few years ago, speeds are still extremely poor (10-20Mbps) and not even BT recognise the speeds achievable as “Superfast”. The telecoms regulator OFCOM defines “Superfast” as speeds of 30Mbps+.
With no solution on the horizon, it is down to the community to take action.
There are a number of small businesses in the area who would benefit greatly from improved broadband; as technology in the home improves, so do the demands on broadband – connections would be able to support multiple high-definition video streams and downloads will be faster.
Superior broadband availability can also increase the value of your home, in some case by as much as 5% – that’s £20,000 on a £400k property, so it’s an investment worth some serious consideration.
Register your interest
If you do live along Tortworth Road in the Bibstone area which is on the Falfield exchange (Cabinet 8 – click here to check which cabinet you are connected to) and would like to be involved in the scheme, please do register your details and we’ll add them to the Openreach Community Partnership portal. At this stage there is NO commitment (financial or otherwise) – it is merely to gauge interest so that Openreach can consider the grants available and work out a potential community cost.