Strong interest in AVDC rural broadband project

11 Mar 2015

More than 100 residents have attended a meeting in North Marston about a superfast broadband pilot being driven by AVDC.


This was an opportunity for local residents and businesses in the North Marston, Granborough and Hogshaw area to find out more about the project and register their interest in the service.


 The area has been chosen as it’s unlikely that a superfast service will be delivered there by another internet service provider, in a reasonable timeframe and cost to the customer. The aim is that the initial investment will be used to then generate a future revenue stream that can then be reinvested into rolling out broadband in other areas.


 The project is being funded from £1.5 million which AVDC has set aside from the New Homes Bonus to help rollout superfast broadband across the Vale. Site surveys have been commissioned and it’s hoped the work will be completed by the end of summer.


Councillor Neil Blake, Leader of AVDC, who was at last Thursday’s meeting at North Marston Village Hall, said: “It was very encouraging to see so many local people attending the meeting and reinforces the importance of getting everyone connected. We are very keen to support this and believe it’s a great use of our New Homes Bonus. We are optimistic that if this pilot project proves successful then we will be able to roll this out to other locations in the Vale.”

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