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Aberdeenshire residents in cash appeal to bring superfast broadband to their village

Aberdeenshire Residents In Cash Appeal To Bring Superfast Broadband To Their Village

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to bring superfast broadband to part of a North-east village. Residents in the Clyans Wood development in Monymusk, near Kemnay, are looking to raise almost ?9,000 to get the internet option. Roger Esson, who has launched the crowdfunding project, said it was the only chance residents had to get fibre broadband.

He said: “We are not part of any commercial roll-out plans, so the crowdfunder to pay for the option to get it installed is our only way forward.

“When roll-out plans were made, it was done based on postcode a few years ago and ours didn’t exist then, meaning we were never part of any plans.

“We would like to get as many people involved as possible so we can get the fibre broadband.

“I don’t think it is a luxury any more as with things like streaming it has become a necessity.

“We’re in a group of properties that cannot get access to superfast broadband at present, despite the exchange in Monymusk being enabled.

“BT has confirmed that our development is not part of any commercial roll-out plans, and have come back to us with a proposal that would bring fibre into our homes all the way from the telephone exchange.”

So far, the crowdfunder has raised 66% of its target with 19 backers pledging ?5,800 to the cause. It is hoped that the funds could be in place by October 13. Mr Esson added: “There are around 44 homes in this development and many of them have already contributed to the fund.

“I am hoping that many more will contribute by the time the fundraiser is finished but I’m appealing to anyone who might be able to help.

“There isn’t a plan B after this.

If the fund fails then we won’t be able to get the fibre broadband meaning others in the village will be able to enjoy the speed but we won’t.”

The crowdfunder is available at www.spacehive.com/monymusk -superfast-broadband1

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MP reflects on progress on roll-out of broadband

North Northumberland’s MP has welcomed the progress being made to provide superfast fibre broadband. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative MP for Berwick, has continued to lobby Openreach regarding the delivery schedule for its commercial fibre programme. She has received assurances that the provision of broadband remains its primary focus and that it is on target for the roll-out in Alnwick and Berwick, with 14,053 premises set to be connected by the end of the year. To date, Openreach has delivered fibre to 12,611 of the planned premises and is on its way to meeting its commitment to the remaining 1,442 premises. There are six cabinets, four of which are in Alnwick, waiting to be upgraded and Openreach is committed to seeing these delivered by December. Of the 25,673 properties in the constituency to be covered by the close of its current BDUK contract in December 2018, 24,385 are already done. Mrs Trevelyan said: “It is very promising to see progress being made on the commercial fibre programme following years of hard work and intensive lobbying that we have undertaken as a community.

Openreach has told me its is on target to deliver its commitments to Alnwick and Berwick by December 2017 and I will be working hard to ensure this target is met.” On the subsidised BDUK programme for rural areas, she added: “This is good news for people in our patch who need and rely on this crucial service. We are working tirelessly to ensure that rural areas receive the same treatment as other parts of the country and this will go some way to support our precious rural communities.

I will be continuing to lobby hard for improvements and I urge anyone who is not seeing the benefits promised to contact me immediately and I will raise the matter with Openreach.”

Siro exit hits broadband rollout to rural homes

The government’s plan to deliver high-speed broadband to 542,000 rural homes suffered a blow yesterday after Siro dropped out of the tendering process. Siro, which is a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone, said it was unable to develop a “competitive business case” to bid for the national broadband plan, leaving Eir and Enet as the only remaining bidders. The decision is likely to make the tendering process more expensive for the taxpayer and could further delay the rollout of the plan.

Sean Atkinson, chief executive of Siro, said that the decision to withdraw from the plan, which was first promised in 2012, was not taken lightly. “We will continue with our original plans focusing on transforming Ireland’s regional towns, putting them on a…