Superfast broadband a timely boost to users during Covid-19

CONNECTING to some of the fastest fibre broadband in the UK is transforming day-to-day life for people living and working Staffordshire.

This county council initiative in partnership with Openreach is providing a timely boost to communties during this Covid period.

Engineers from Openreach – the UK’s largest broadband network used by the likes of BT, Plusnet, Sky,TalkTalk and Zen - have built a Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network, which is capable of delivering ultrafast download speeds up to 1 Gigabit and upload speeds of up to 220Mbps

The CFPSF scheme was run by Superfast Staffordshire – the partnership led by Staffordshire County Council, Openreach and the Government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK). It is thought to be the first local authority-led initiative of its kind.

Other communities now benefitting from the scheme include Marchington Woodlands and Rushton Spencer.

While county council funding for the scheme has now come to an end, communities can still benefit from the Government’s Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme.

Homes and businesses in rural areas of Staffordshire could be eligible for funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband by pooling their resources and exploring a group scheme such as Openreach’s community fibre partnership programme.

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers worth £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium-sized business (SME) to support the cost of installing new fast and reliable connections.

More details can be found at www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Superfast Staffordshire Julia Jessel, said: "These rural communities across Staffordshire have been active in approaching us to work together and get them connected to ultrafast broadband speeds.

"Working in partnership with rural businesses and residents has delivered a transformation in this essential service.

For more information on Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership visit www.communityfibre.openreach.co.uk


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