National recognition for broadband coverage in Chedworth
The Connected Britain awards have recognised the work undertaken in the Gloucestershire village of Chedworth by Gigaclear, under the Fastershire project, in the Community Improvement award.
The awards that took place in London recently aim to promote the innovation and achievement of those companies who are at the forefront of Britain’s digital transformation.
Gloucestershire County Council’s, Fastershire Broadband Project, in partnership with Herefordshire Council, is funding the delivery of faster broadband to homes and businesses across the two counties.
Gigaclear were awarded the Fastershire delivery contract for the Cotswolds in 2015 and have provided ultrafast broadband to premises across the Cotswolds, of which Chedworth was one of the villages enabled. Gigaclear specialise in transforming digital communications in rural communities by installing a new pure fibre broadband network offering speeds from 50 through 1000Mbps.
Councillor Lynden Stowe, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Growth and responsibility for Fastershire said,
“We’re committed to ensuring that homes and businesses can access faster broadband and it is wonderful that Fastershire’s work with Gigaclear in Chedworth has received this award.
Fastershire’s rollout is continuing in others areas of the county and over the next two years the project will have increased superfast coverage to 98%.”
Local County Councillor, Paul Hodgkinson, said,
“Broadband access is vital for a rural community like Chedworth and the parish council, residents and myself have long petitioned for improved broadband speeds.
We’re delighted that Chedworth is not only accessing faster broadband but is now amongst some of the best connected communities in the country.”
Joe Frost, Gigaclear Business Development Director, said,
“Chedworth is one of many villages in the Cotswolds where we and Fastershire have transformed communications. Almost 500 residential and business properties throughout the village are now able to benefit from an ultrafast boost, catapulting them from their 1-3Mbps up to 1000Mbps today”.
To find out if your property can already access faster broadband or where your property sits in the Fastershire rollout, visit www.fastershire.com and use the address checker.
[Left-right] Iain Robertson, Chedworth Parish, Angela Presdee, Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr Lynden Stowe, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Joe Frost, Gigaclear Business Development Director and Mark Aveline, local broadband champion