Fastershire Wins Prestigious National Award
29th June, 2018
Fastershire has won the top prize at the national Connected Britain awards in London.
The awards aim to recognise the innovation and achievement of those companies who are at the forefront of Britain’s digital transformation.
The project took the night’s top prize, the Superfast award, beating other Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiatives, Digital Scotland, Connecting Cambridgeshire and Superfast Dorset, but also a number of high profile private companies.
In particular though, the award recognised the progress made in the county towards full fibre provision. The Herefordshire already boasts three times the national average full fibre connections and the Cotswolds now has some of the highest full fibre coverage in the UK.
Councillor David Harlow, Herefordshire Council cabinet member for economy and communication, said, “We’re immensely proud that Fastershire has received national recognition as so much has already been achieved.
"I appreciate that for those residents waiting for phase 2 to start in their area that this award may not come as any comfort. However, this award demonstrates that broadband coverage is a national issue and importantly provides industry acknowledgement of Fastershire and both Council’s proactive response compared to others areas.”
Councillor Lynden Stowe, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Growth, said, “Fastershire is committed to ensuring the homes and businesses can access faster broadband and I’m delighted the project’s work has been recognised.
"With Gigaclear delivering the additional phase 2 contracts for rural areas of the two counties, more and more properties will gain access to ultrafast broadband over the next two years.”
Phase 2 of the project’s rollout has already started in some areas and will increase superfast coverage to 98% over the next two years. Phase 2 sees BT continuing to deliver for Fastershire in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Hereford, while in rural areas Gigaclear will build a new full fibre network and provide access to ultrafast broadband.
For the remaining hardest to reach properties, Fastershire is using a mix of solutions, including bespoke grants to local businesses, and the soon to be announced significant property clusters as well as possible contract extensions with BT and Gigaclear for any remaining properties.
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