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Enjoying the internet every day!

June is retired and lives in a rural West Herefordshire and attended a free ‘Introduction to the Internet’ course provided by Fastershire. Before attending the series of seven training sessions, June was very much a beginner and didn’t own a computer or tablet.

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Ross-on-Wye became the first Fastershire community to get fibre

23rd November, 2013
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Students from John Kyrle High School, who are studying for a GCSE in information and communications technology, joined representatives from Herefordshire Council and BT to mark the important milestone.

Engineers from Openreach, BT's network business, who are building and installing the new fibre network, gave the teenagers an insight into how the new technology works and the process involved to get people connected to the new network. The visit was specifically tailored to support their ICT studies.

After visiting Ross-on-Wye telephone exchange, everyone tracked the route of the new fibre optic network to a nearby street-side cabinet to understand the next part of the installation process.

More than 3,000 premises in Ross can now connect to the new network. This figure will rise to just under 7,000 premises when engineers complete the upgrade work in the coming months.

Ross households and businesses are able to order fibre broadband from a wide range of internet service providers as the network is open to all providers on an open, wholesale basis, thereby ensuring competitive prices.

Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet lead for broadband for Herefordshire Council, said: "Bringing faster broadband to Herefordshire is vital to the county's economic growth and future. This is fantastic news for Ross-on-Wye and a key milestone for the project, with 3,000 homes and businesses able to take advantage of the new network right now and more to follow.

"The rollout to the rest of the county is continuing to gather pace and will see many more people benefitting from faster broadband by the end of 2016."

Nick Wood, BT's senior manager for Herefordshire, said: "The internet is playing an increasingly important part in all our lives – whether it's small businesses keeping in touch with their customers and suppliers, children doing their homework or playing interactive games online, grandparents staying in touch with their grandchildren, or people working from home. Each of these things is made easier, quicker and better by faster fibre broadband."

Lisa Lown, ICT teacher at John Kyrle High School, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our GCSE students here at John Kyrle High School to see the latest broadband technology in action.

"It will extend their learning and will be particularly useful when it comes to applying that knowledge in their exam next June."

Among the next Herefordshire communities to benefit will be Much Marcle, Symonds Yat, Upton Bishop and St Weonards.

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Simultaneous use

With a slow internet connection you can have problems doing more than one thing at a time online. With faster broadband the whole family can be online doing homework, watching iPlayer, keeping in touch with friends on Skype or Facetime and doing the weekly shop all at the same time without any time delay or frozen screen.

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Work from home

Working from home can now be as fast and effective as working from the office. This could save you time and money, as well as helping you to achieve a better work life balance. With faster broadband you could even consider setting up your own business from home as you would have the world class connectivity that could give you the edge.

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Keep files in the cloud

Store photos, documents, music and videos online in the cloud rather than on the computer at home. Your files will be kept safe and you can access them anywhere. Fast upstream speeds mean backing up files is done in the blink of an eye.


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Stream films & TV shows in seconds

With faster broadband you can download the latest blockbuster before the kettle has boiled or watch your favourite TV show online instantly.

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Take an online learning course

With faster broadband you can study online with flexible hours and video tutorials that work immediately.

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Maintain independence

New telecare services mean that people who are unwell, have a disability or older people can stay safe and independent at home.


Stream films & TV shows in seconds

Did you know that you can now access a whole host of council services and information online, such as reporting a pothole, paying your council tax, finding out when your rubbish or recycling will be collected and checking library opening times?

Visit: Do it online in Herefordshire Visit: Do it online in Gloucestershire


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Enjoying the internet every day!

June is retired and lives in a rural West Herefordshire and attended a free ‘Introduction to the Internet’ course provided by Fastershire. Before attending the series of seven training sessions, June was very much a beginner and didn’t own a computer or tablet.

Read Full Story


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Grant funding to help community organisations, groups and clubs in Herefordshire

Local community organisations, groups, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations in Herefordshire can apply for up to £2,500 funding to arrange internet support and training so that local people can make the most of the benefits of going online.

Click here for further information and an application form or email go-online@fastershire.com

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Free 'Introduction to the Internet' sessions for communities in Herefordshire

Do you know of a group or club in your community in Herefordshire who would like to find out more about using the internet and the benefits of going online? Fastershire can arrange for a tutor to bring laptops and tablets to the group’s usual meeting place, or another venue with internet access, to demonstrate how to send emails, search for information about the local area, or shop or pay bills online, and then support them to ‘have a go’ themselves. To find out more please email go-online@fastershire.com. These free sessions could lead to a longer course for those who are interested in developing their skills at going online.

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Online Training Resources

Learn My Way (www.learnmyway.com) is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.  It's also got courses and resources to help you teach others basic computer skills - including a 'How to be a Digital Champion' course.  

We also have a whole host of training guides here that you can download for your own learning or to use when training someone else.

Computer Training in Herefordshire

There are many organisations across Herefordshire who regularly offer computer courses and support for beginners. Information about just some of the training currently offered available here.

If you would like to be contacted about beginners’ computer courses offered by organisations in Herefordshire please register here and we will send you details when they notify us that more have been arranged.

Details of beginners' computer courses offered by Adult Education in Gloucestershire are here.

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Click here to view FTTP providers >


Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) Providers








Fibre to the premises (FTTP) Providers

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) is one of the world's most cutting edge types of fibre broadband with blistering speeds of up to 330Mbps and 1000Mbps.

If you get enabled with FTTP, you can order it through one of the following Service Providers.

We'll update this page as more ISPs start to offer FTTP.




Gigaclear Providers




Faster Events

23 Jan 2018
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How to use a tablet (Ross-on-Wye)

Learn the basics of how to use a tablet, from learning about apps, picking up emails, using the internet and how to connect to our library wi-fi.

 

Location: Ross-on-Wye Library, 7 Cantilupe Road, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7AN

Date: Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Time: 17:00-19:00

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13 Feb 2018
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Introduction to email (Kington Library)

Learn how to set-up an email account, send and receive emails and attachments. Laptops will be provided for the session

 

Location: Kington Library, 64 Bridge Street, Kington, HR5 3DJ

Date: Tuesday 13th February 2018

Time: 10:00-12:00

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15 Feb 2018
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How to use a tablet (Leominster Library)

Learn the basics of how to use a tablet, from learning about apps, picking up emails, using the internet and how to connect to our library wi-fi.

 

Location: Leominster Library, 8 The Buttercross, Leominster, HR6 8BN

Date: Thursday 15th February 2018

Time: 10:00-12:00

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20 Feb 2018
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How to use a smartphone (Ledbury Library)

Learn the basics of how to use a smartphone, from learning about apps, picking up emails, using the internet and how to connect to our library WiFi.

 

Location: Ledbury Library, The Master's House, Bye Street, Ledbury HR8 1EA

Date: Tuesday 20th February 2018

Time: 16:00-18:00

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27 Feb 2018
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How to use a smartphone (Ross-on-Wye)

Learn the basics of how to use a smartphone, from learning about apps, picking up emails, using the internet and how to connect to our library WiFi.

 

Location: Ross-on-Wye Library, 7 Cantilupe Road, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7AN

Date: Tuesday 27th February 2018

Time: 17:00-19:00

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