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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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More communities to benefit from Fastershire broadband project

23rd August, 2013
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Lechlade, Fairford, and South Cerney are set to join Gloucestershire's better and faster broadband network as the rollout of fibre broadband across the county continues apace.

Work will begin in these areas in late summer as part of the Fastershire project, with the first customers being able to connect to the new network before Christmas.

These communities are in addition to Cinderford, Coleford, Lydbrook, Longhope and Drybrook which were announced in March, where work is already well underway. The first customers will be able to connect to the new network in early autumn.

Residents and businesses in each area will be kept informed of progress through the local media and targeted advertising.

Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The announcement of more communities that will benefit from faster broadband is great news for the county. This is a big job, but we are making progress and it won't be long before we start seeing fibre cables being laid, with the first customers being able to order in just a few months."

The new network will take more than a million engineer hours to build, thousands of miles of fibre will be laid and hundreds of new cabinets will be installed. Planning and surveying work across all areas of both counties is well underway.

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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 >


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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.




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FREE Social Media for Care Providers


24 Nov 2017
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Location: Hereford Business Solutions Centre, Skylon Court, Coldnose Road, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6HL

Date: Friday 24th November 2017

Time: 13:30-15:30

FREE Social media workshop for care providers

For nursing homes, residential care homes, domiciliary/home care providers in Herefordshire. 
Offered in conjunction with Herefordshire Council Adult Social Care.
 
Social media has quickly become an essential tool for all businesses, including care providers, helping you connect and communicate easily and quickly with people and organisations.
 
At this free workshop our advisor, Jack McCaughtrie, will give you an overview of social media and the different networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc), share the benefits of using social media, and discuss how you can use it to help with your marketing and recruitment.       
 
To register to attend this workshop, please click here.  

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Hereford Business Solutions Centre, Skylon Court, Coldnose Road, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6HL

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Faster broadband is being rolled out across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire between now but it is not possible to flick a switch to make every area go live on the same day and some areas will go live before this. Register your interest today and we will keep you in the loop about developments in your fibre broadband status.