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Broadband champion goes faster

31st May, 2016

A long standing Fastershire Broadband Champion can now enjoy faster speeds, as the village of Luston is now able to connect to fibre broadband.

David Rolfe first became involved in the project in 2011 when representatives from Herefordshire Council went to Yarpole Village Hall to talk about the need for fast broadband in the rural parts of the county. David stepped forward to be the Broadband Champion for Luston, a village just outside Leominster, and has been involved ever since.

David campaigned to bring faster broadband to Luston as he knows being digitally connected is important for businesses and residents, especially in rural areas where access to services can be a challenge. David said “I was really pleased to know the council and the government were committed to bringing faster broadband to rural Herefordshire, and in particular my village of Luston. The BT cabinet is close to my house so I have been able to keep an eye on progress. There seemed a lot involved for the cabinet to be fibre connected, but I was delighted when I could at last order a service. It is a remarkable achievement, especially as many residents will now discover that their broadband download speed is up to 30 times faster than it was previously”.

David has been active in updating the Parish Council and local residents, including recently letting many of his neighbours know that they can now connect to fibre.

Councillor Graham Powell, the council’s cabinet member who leads on broadband, made the point “In 2011 no one was able to order a fibre service, now around 74% of the county can order superfast broadband. It is with the support of people like David that we can spread the word that fibre can now be accessed by thousands of premises in Herefordshire. We know there is more to do and will be looking at a second stage early next year to reach further into rural areas. This means we will have a digitally connected county to rival other parts of the country”.

To find out if your premise can order a fibre service visit the 'Where and When' page using your telephone number or post code to check availability in your area.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Take an online learning course

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


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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Internet Training

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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.




Go-online@fastershire 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




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 inspire people in your community to use the internet and help them improve their digital 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 offered is available here.  Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact the organiser for up-to-date information on whether they are open and offering training.

For details of the free monthly workshops at Libraries in Herefordshire visit our events page.  These aren't running currently due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please complete the form and we will contact you as soon as this changes. 

Details of beginners' computer courses offered by Adult Education in Gloucestershire are here.  Please contact them for up-to-date information on whether they are currently able to offer training. 

If you would like to be notified about beginners’ computer courses offered by organisations in Herefordshire please complete this form.  

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.

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected to Gigaclear's ultrafast broadband network, with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Gigaclear Providers

How to get a Website for your Business

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Location: Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham GL51 7SU

Date: Thursday 8th March 2018

Time: 10:00-13:00

The Faster Women project is offering this FREE beginner’s workshop, How to get a Website for your Business, in Cheltenham on Thursday 8th March. 

Please note that this is a small-group workshop - different to the larger Faster Business events and networking lunches that take place every month. 

This workshop is ideal for you don’t have a website for your business, but would like a website for your business and don't know where to start.

Learn about some of the free DIY options available, or template packages you can buy, and what to consider if you pay to have a website designed for you.  You'll also learn about domain names and web-hosting. 

It's a chance for you to explore and ask questions help you choose what's best for you and your business.

The workshop will be led by Anna Wilde, Faster Business Advisor.

Click here to book

This workshop is taking place on International Women's Day - a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This is one of a series of FREE workshops for Herefordshire/Gloucestershire women looking to improve their internet skills and be more digitally confident when starting-up or growing a business.   

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Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham GL51 7SU

FREE Beginners' Training

Get the most out of the internet with FREE training from Fastershire in Ross-on-Wye and Cinderford.

Booking is essential, please call 01432 260026.

No experience is necessary and equipment will be provided if required.  


The Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, HR9 7QD

How to use your tablet
Wednesday 6 June, 2pm-4pm

How to use the internet
Monday 11 June,10am-12pm

Introduction to email
Friday 22 June, 5pm-7pm


Belle Vue Centre, 6 Belle Vue Road, GL14 2AB

How to use the internet
Tuesday 5 June, 10am-12pm

Introduction to email
Wednesday 13 June, 2pm-4pm

How to use your tablet 
Monday 18 June, 5pm-7pm  

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