URGENT BROADBAND NEWS 12 September 2021
I have just had an email from our rural Broadband liaison person who has told me that our scheme is now with the Government and it’s going through the approvals process. She said “if I’m honest it’s going to be really tight to get it approved before the 24th September deadline and it is possible that it won’t make it in time”. This is the first time I had heard about this deadline!
She has also said that once the scheme is approved we would normally set up the pledging website for using vouchers but as we are going to be limited on time so this won’t be possible.
What she has asked me to do is to collect expressions of interest and return a form with all the details. Then, as soon as we have approval on the scheme, they will request the vouchers for everyone on the form. Everyone on the spreadsheet will then receive an email from DCMS asking them to confirm that they would like to apply for a voucher. Once they’ve confirmed (by clicking on a link in the email), the voucher is issued. This is no guarantee that the scheme will go ahead. I doubt it will be processed in time to achieve the deadline.
I originally was going to get a flyer out of every house in the village to provide details of what to do but I’m afraid they haven’t given us enough time. So instead all the relevant details are below along with details of eligible houses. As I don’t have any time to try and enrol people can you please pass this on to friends/neighbours please.
As I said before we need 159 houses to sign up to the scheme to make it free. Personally, I think achieving this is unlikely even if we hadn’t got such a short deadline. But I’m willing to try so if you want to go ahead and are willing to apply for and pledge your voucher, can you supply me with all of your details given below. I need you to do this even if you had expressed interest previously as this is now potentially a commitment. If we don’t get the 159 required for it to be free we need to divide the cost between the number of people wanting to go ahead. So could you also say how much you would be willing to pay. If we can’t achieve the number required to cover the cost we will have to just forgo this opportunity and wait until the rural broadband scheme is rolled out, potentially 2025/6. This won’t be a pledge for the amount – we would divide the balance of costs by the number of houses signing up, I’m just getting an idea if it would be at all viable in going ahead. Just to give you an idea if 70 people signed up, the cost for each house would be about £1,100.
Please send me the following Information by email if you want to move forward. If you don’t supply all the details, there will not be time to chase for any missing information so just replying on Facebook saying please sign me up isn’t going to work I’m afraid. Jan Bradley
PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING DETAILS TO firstname.lastname@example.org BY MONDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
NAME (personal or business name)
CONTACT NAME (If a business)
FULL ADDRESS, POSTCODE
STATE IF BUSINESS OR RESIDENTIAL
MAX AMOUNT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY IF WE DON’T ACHIEVE 159 HOUSES/BUSINESSES