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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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Faster City launches free WiFi network in Hereford City Centre

21st November, 2016

Visitors and businesses in Hereford will now be able benefit from free WiFi access across the city centre thanks to Faster City. The new network has been launched by Hereford City Life and is a joint partnership Fastershire broadband project, allowing shoppers and businesses access to the internet at no cost and without restrictions on time.

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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


Enjoying a Fastershire retirement

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Sheila and Bryan are an active retired couple living in leafy Lechlade-on-Thames on the edge of the Cotswolds.

About ten years ago their family bought them their first computer. After attending a free computer course provided by Cirencester Town Council and with just a little coaching from their relatives, the couple were able to get started online. And on the rare occasions they did get a bit stuck, their local library would point them in the direction of a willing computer expert who would help them out.

But then, last year, fibre broadband arrived in their small market town. Straight away Sheila and Bryan upgraded their existing broadband service to faster fibre – and they haven’t looked back since.

First, they were surprised and delighted to find how quick and simple choosing and ordering a fibre-service was to do – even though they are in now their 80s.

Now, their speedy and reliable fibre broadband connection makes it even easier for them to keep in regular contact with their family. Booking holidays and searching for information on the internet is a piece of cake.

Bryan said: “The upgrade to fibre was easy. We made a couple of calls to our service provider and then just plugged in the new kit when it arrived. Since then we’ve enjoyed a much faster service.”

Sheila added: “We’ve always loved searching for things online but now it’s even more enjoyable because we don’t have to wait ages for pages to download anymore and we don’t have the buffering like we used to.”

The couple can do all the things they love doing in retirement like finding out about holidays, searching for recipes or seeking out the answers to tricky crossword clues.

Bryan was thrilled recently to be able to follow his grandson who was cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money for ‘Water Aid.’ Every morning for 8 consecutive days, Charlie would send his Grandad a link to his Garmin and Bryan could follow the 950 mile route in real time, even being able to see on google maps where he stopped for lunch!

Sheila’s now looking forward to Skyping Lucy, her granddaughter who’s at University in Toulouse….she’s just waiting for one of her technologically savvy grandchildren to show her how to set it up.

If anyone would like to donate to the charity bike ride please go to: http://www.cycling-challenge.co.uk/

Internet Training

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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.

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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.




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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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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.