Extra funding has been announced by the Connecting Cheshire project and there is £643,000 of funding awarded, that will be used to extend the existing Connecting Cheshire contract with BT.
A little digging revealed that the areas concerned look to have been part of a RCBF application back in 2013, so the assumption is that this money has come out of the RCBF scheme in its closing days.
The funding has been provided to cover premises in four ‘hard to reach’ locality areas:
- Arley & Antrobus
- Burleydam & Audlem
- Gawsworth, North Rode and WincleDetails of areas to benefit
While looking at the areas announced prior to finding the RCBF link, it was looking clear that the standard FTTC based roll-out was unlikely be benefit many, down to the geographic spread of the properties involved and the high proportion of exchange only lines present. So it was interesting to see that the application in 2013 was seeking £1.42m of funding to deploy FTTP to the areas which cover 790 homes and 174 businesses. Whether the awarding of just half the original sum will scale back the use of FTTP to use minicabs to serve clusters of 40 to 60 properties is a big unknown, so it is a case of watch out for further news if you are in those areas and have yet to see any improvements via the council/BT/BDUK project.
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