Super-fast Broadband Project

Update June 2014 - Click here for details from Fastershire website

Update 2nd August 2013

Update on faster broadband project for Gloucestershire:

Fastershire postcode checker is now available

Fastershire is a project to bring fibre broadband to around 90% of homes and businesses in Gloucestershire
and Herefordshire by the end of 2016.

Fastershire website contains information about the project’s aims and the Fastershire postcode checker is now live on the website. Find out if your location is ‘accepting orders’ (ie
infrastructure is there), ‘coming soon’ (infrastructure there within a year) or is a ‘future exchange’ / ‘under evaluation’. 

Work has already started in Cinderford, Coleford, Lydbrook, Longhope and Drybrook and there was a recent
announcement that work will begin in late summer to connect Lechlade, Fairford,
and South Cerney.

The GRCC website page sums up the story so far in moving towards better broadband for rural
Click here to find out more.


Update 21st March 2013



Faster broadband for Herefordshire and Gloucestershire launch events

Gloucestershire video presentation

You can also download a PDF of each presentation. 

Gloucestershire PDF presentation with video (11MB)

Gloucestershire PDF presentation without video (1MB)

We also launched our new website so please visit the site and register
your interest in receiving project updates.

From April there will be a regular project update e-newsletter for broadband champions and those regsitered through the website.

Finally you can also connect with us on 
Facebook or Twitter



Update 29 November 2012

Faster broadband for rural homes and businesses in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire

Herefordshire Council, in a unique partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, has today (Thursday 29th November) announced that British Telecommunications PLC (BT) has been chosen as the preferred bidder to build a high speed fibre broadband network for the future across the two counties.

Making the announcement, Cllr John Jarvis, Leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “In partnership with Gloucestershire County Council we are pleased to be able to announce our preferred bidder for the contract to build a broadband network for
the future across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire is BT. 
"The new network will transform the lives of thousands of people and businesses in rural areas by being able to do more online. This partnership is part of a longer journey for everyone to have access to fast broadband to reflect the
future requirements for digital services.”

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Our aim has always been to improve the broadband infrastructure in the rural areas of the county to enable Gloucestershire to grow. The announcement today will enable us to do this and really start to make a difference for business and residents in the county wherever they may be.”

The project is managed in partnership by Herefordshire Council, Gloucestershire County Council, economic development company GFirst, which drives Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, and government agency, Broadband Delivery UK
(BDUK), to address the specific challenges of slow broadband in its rural areas.  This will open up opportunities
for businesses, creating jobs and strengthening dispersed rural communities.The two councils have made significant capital investment matched by £18.17m funding from central government. 

The contract will be awarded once a legal 10 day standstill period has been completed and further details will be announced then. The roll out of the new network will be completed by the end of 2016.

6th July 2012 - Latest briefing note.
Click here

Super-fast broadband is coming to rural areas of Gloucestershire in the next few years with 100% of households achieving 2Mbps by 2015, and by 2018, 100% of households will have 30 Mbps and 50% with 100Mbps. In general Ashleworth is already achieving 2-4 Mbps so the longer term targets are probably more applicable to the residents of Ashleworth.

For full details of the Project see this 

Information sheet  and Briefing note

There is government funding available for this, but the Team also need to encourage private sector partners to invest in the area as well. To this end the team have to prove that there is enough demand from local people, communities and businesses to support their case. A means of doing this is by a simple questionnaire, one for businesses and one for households, which all Gloucestershire communities have been asked to participate in.  This questionaire was completed in early 2012. For the Survey results and associated Press release click on the links Borders Broadband survey results Glos.pdf  Press Release Glos broadband survey.pdf

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