Another corner of England is set to gain access to world leading broadband speeds. Underriver in Kent has now reached enough sign-ups for the Gigaclear service that the network will be built, bringing 50 Mbps to 1 Gbps services to residents and businesses in Underriver and the surrounding villages.
In a newsletter to those who signed up a rough schedule of works has been set out, with everyone connected in early 2014, the exact schedule should be available in December. The key stage now is to submit the applications to the Highway Authorities and landowners to give permission to cross their land.
For residents of Underriver now is the time to start thinking where you want the main fibre to terminate, as during the roll-out Gigaclear will install a small underground pot/chamber and will be visiting to find out your preferred location ahead of the roll-out. This pot is where the homeowner can connect their 25m fibre kit themselves or using an installer, generally it is just inside the property boundary. Having a fibre pot on the property in no way forces people to sign-up to the service, but its presence makes it easy if you change your mind at a later date, or a subsequent resident of the property wants to order the service.
There is a map of the currently planned coverage area, and if you are just outside the planned coverage it is important to get in touch with Gigaclear as soon as possible to find out if your property and neighbours can be included in the build.