Latest News - March 2022
THANK YOU to all those who have committed their Government-provided broadband vouchers to our community scheme. We have reached our target number of signups - AMAZING!
The latest updates are:
- OpenReach have unfortunately put new Fibre Community Programs on hold for now, due to a significant backlog of work which means they cannot guarantee completion within 12 months. It may be several months before they resume taking on further projects.
- However, there is also an ongoing procurement process for full fibre broadband for a number of rural areas of Hampshire, and Froyle may be picked up in this. We will know about this in April or May.
OpenReach are aware that Froyle residents are keen to move forward. We will email all those who have signed up when we know more.
If you haven't joined yet, you can still pledge your voucher here to ensure that your property can access full fibre broadband when OpenReach install the fibre network.
Up to 1000 Mbps gigabit broadband, 30x or more speed than currently.
Futuristic full fibre connections are not affected by rain, wind or radio interference.
SMOOTHER VIDEO CALLS
Improved performance for home schooling, working from home and catching up with family and friends.
BETTER VIDEO STREAMING
Streaming services like BBC iPlayer and Netflix play more smoothly, in higher resolution, and with higher quality audio.
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Multiple devices and peak time usage becomes effortless.
GREAT FOR BUSINESSES
Work and communicate across the globe at the speed of light.
Bringing faster, more reliable broadband to Lower Froyle
Many of us have slow and unreliable internet connections delivered via copper wire phone lines - DSL broadband.
Full Fibre, also known as Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), delivers gigabit broadband into your home or business, with guaranteed faster speeds, no slowdowns at peak times, and no loss of speed with distance from the cabinet. Broadband reliability and stability are also improved. The fibre optic cable follows existing poles and ducts, only very occasionally is there a need to dig.
Full fibre broadband means faster downloads, higher resolution video streaming and gaming, family or business use of multiple devices without slowdown, fast and efficient online backups and file sharing, and high quality voice and video calls (e.g. Teams, Skype and Zoom).
It also prepares households for the analogue telephone network being switched off in 2025, when digital phone lines will become standard.
In most cases, full fibre costs will be about the same - maybe a few pounds a month more or less than people are currently paying for their landline and broadband. Connection within the home is straightforward, with more details in our FAQ.
How can we make this happen?
To bring full fibre to Lower Froyle, enough households and businesses need to commit to taking up a full fibre broadband service, available from a range of providers including BT, Sky and TalkTalk. These services include upgrade options from existing providers.
As a result of our successful signup campaign, the cost of installing the new infrastructure across Lower Froyle will be covered in full by Government Community Fibre Partnership vouchers: £1,500 for each household, or £3,500 for each small business (including self-employed, sole traders and anyone operating a business from their address). The vouchers are paid for by the Government, and will bring full fibre to Lower Froyle within 12 months of sufficient voucher pledges.
The current plan covers Lower Froyle as this is a separate network to that for Upper Froyle. We hope Upper Froyle will run as a separate project if residents come forward to run this.
Those who do not want the new service can retain their existing broadband service, but there is no guarantee they will be able to upgrade to the full fibre network later on.
This is great, I want to know more or sign up!
We have put together a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions page which explains the process in full.
If you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help!
Although we already have sufficient government voucher pledges to bring full fibre to Lower Froyle, more signups are always welcome and guarantees that you will be able to receive a full fibre service when OpenReach install the network. To support the campaign, you can provide your details on our sign up page.
Let's bring Froyle's digital connectivity up to 21st century standards!