Residents of Underriver have hit their demand trigger level for ultrafast broadband from Gigaclear in just eight weeks and an Open Day was well attended with 90 attending to listen to the Gigaclear presentation and ask questions. The next stage of the project will be for those living in the area to commit to ordering the service and once Gigaclear has enough orders they will commence building the network.
"We had a great turnout for the Open Day which exceeded our expectations. In talking to many people after the meetings, their questions were answered and they came away understanding more about an FTTH network. There is a reality that we are comfortable with which is that this opportunity won’t tempt everybody but I am utterly determined that the order target will be reached and by the autumn we will be celebrating Switch On Days in our communities."Mike Clyne, ultrafastunderriver.co.uk
Underriver is not miles from civilisation, with the likely roll-out running area up to the edge of Sevenoaks, but as things stand there are no commercial plans for better broadband in the area and the Kent BDUK project has yet to announce any plans either. In theory if the level of firm orders is reached quickly the residents will have the option of full fibre broadband at symmetric Gigabit speeds around October 2013, and with Gigaclear installing up to the edge of every property in the area even those who did not place a pre-order will have the option to connect, meaning that future residents can also benefit.