We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on the campaign, but haven’t posted an update in a while, so here’s what we’ve been up to recently:
- Emailing Fastershire
- Approaching ISPs to fund the cabinet
- Fundraising to pay Openreach ourselves
- Looking into Broadband Connection Vouchers – a potential funding source
We’ve been sending frequent emails to Fastershire to try to find out if they’re making decisions based on up-to-date and accurate information. We’re also trying to find out when they plan to reconsider cabinets in Cheltenham. So far it would seem the information they hold isn’t accurate and they don’t care about Cheltenham.
We sent an email to the main ISPs asking if they’d consider funding the cabinet in exchange for good publicity and pledges from the community to switch to use them as their ISP. Only one ISP replied and they turned down our request.
The local community responded very positively to the fundraising efforts. So far we’ve had pledges of £3,140 from 14 households. Whilst this is an impressive amount, it’s still short of the £9k + VAT required. If everyone connected to 151 donated then the average donation required would be around £60 per house Connection Vouchers
There’s a government scheme to provide businesses with super-fast broadband. We had several replies to our call for businesses in the area to get in touch and it looks like two of them may be eligible for funding. We’re currently focusing on trying to find an approved supplier that will provide a solution that benefits us all, rather than providing something only for the businesses.
If you’d like to get in touch then email us at Cheltenham151@gmail.com