BT scheme could make your broadband better (if you don’t mind the catch)
Sluggish internet speeds in parts of Lincolnshire could be a thing of the past thanks to a new initiative launched by BT – but homeowners will probably have to fork out their own cash to make it happen. Residents tired of torrid download speeds can pitch in money as part of BT’s Community Fibre Partnership to bring fibre broadband to their community. Around 250 such schemes have so far been agreed with local communities across the UK, of which more than 100 have already been completed.
It guarantees a fibre connection via the Openreach network, so people can continue to choose their own internet service provider.
It is targeted at communities not currently involved in the firm’s roll-out plans.
Now, BT bosses have called on people in Lincolnshire to get in touch. A statement from BT said: “At BT, we’re looking to hear from communities in Lincolnshire that would like to work with us to bring fibre broadband to their area.
“In recent years, a huge amount of work has taken place across the county and we’re fast approaching 90 per cent of homes being able to get superfast download speeds.
“But we also know there’s still work to do in some areas and that there are communities which don’t yet have faster fibre broadband and are not currently included in any roll-out plans for this exciting technology. It continued: “A Community Fibre Partnership involves a local group working directly with us.
There usually needs to be a joint funding arrangement, but we do everything we can to make it as affordable as possible.”
A grant of up to ?20,000 is available if a local Ofsted-registered school benefits from the work, according to BT.
The firm said it is already proving popular in Lincolnshire, with a number of communities already expressing an interest in working with them and some partnerships underway.
If you want to find out more, visit www.communityfibre.bt.com5 , type in your postcode to see your fibre broadband status, and then go on to submit an expression of interest to start the ball rolling.
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