Partnership Agreement Delivers Fast Fibre Broadband for Auchengray
BT will be upgrading broadband in our area, and has shared outline plans with WAT IF? on which postcodes will benefit. This work will involve BT funding and installing new fibre cabinets in our area. The length of your telephone line from one of these new cabinets determines the speed you will receive – those within 1km get the biggest benefit (anything from 30 to 80Mbps), but you should see an improvement if you are within 2km (at least 15Mbps). We do not know the locations of these new cabinets yet (BT is still planning this), so although we have a list of postcodes, we can’t yet say for certain if everyone in that postcode area will benefit (in a worst case scenario it could be that only one house in a postcode area will benefit - but this is unlikely). We expect these new cabinets to appear where there are clusters of homes (if you are in a distant or isolated home unfortunately you will need to wait and see what we get).
Right now we believe all but two postcodes in the WAT IF area will receive some sort of upgrade, but this is still to be confirmed. We are trying to find out more from BT just now on who exactly will benefit from this work.
The two postcodes that will definitely not be covered were the village of Auchengray, and this is why WAT IF? has signed a ‘Community Fibre Partnership’ with BT. This allows WAT IF? to part fund the upgrade, and therefore we can fill this gap in BT’s plans. The total share of costs for the community was £13,175.00 (BT don’t tell us how much the actual total is), however because of the school in Auchengray, we received an additional grant from BT bringing the cost to WAT IF down to £3,293.75. This new fibre cabinet in Auchengray will connect about 60 properties, and should benefit those in Auchengray, Mosshat and Polkelly. According to the contract, BT will complete the work within 12 months, however we hope that it will take place as part of the wider works in our area which we hope will be sooner than 12 months.
Once we have more details from BT on their planned work, we can look at whether there are still any gaps remaining, and consider additional Community Fibre Partnership agreements if necessary.
Alongside this we continue to speak to our contact in Scottish Government to understand more about their plans. The “Reaching 100% Programme” (known as R100) is a Scottish Government commitment to deliver at least 30Mbps speeds to 100% of Scotland by the end of 2021, and we are trying to find out more about how and when this will benefit our area.
Jane, our 'Project Worker for Seniors' has organised another day trip for the end of November.
Mackinnon Mills Coatbridge - 29th November
Leaving Woolfords at 9.45, picking up in Tarbrax and Auchengray.
Leaving Mackinnon Mills at 1.30pm.
A great chance for a wee spot of early Christmas shopping and some lunch!
Bus is wheelchair and easy access, please let Jane know if advance if wheelchair access is required. Arrangements can be made to pick up anyone to take them to the pick up points.
For more info on the outings, and the Seniors project in general please contact Jane on 01501 785194 or email email@example.com.
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