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Rothbury rural broadband funding approved

The Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) is targetting much smaller areas of the UK than the larger county led projects, with the £20m fund being administered by Defra. The announcement of approval for £460,000 of funds for the Rothbury and Coquetdale areas of Northumberland will be very welcome news.

The project aims to deliver superfast broadband to some 1,500 homes and businesses in the upland community and it is an area that would only otherwise be left with ADSL type services and possibly a little work to bring those furthest from the exchange up to 2 Mbps USC type speeds.

"I am absolutely delighted that Coquetdale has been awarded funding from the Rural Community Broadband Fund. We have been working toward this for a long time and I’m pleased that we are among the first to secure this funding.

Superfast broadband is essential to the community and economy in Rothbury and the surrounding areas, ensuring we have genuine superfast broadband is critical to the long term success of the area. The support from residents for this project has been enormous, so this is a really important milestone."

County councillor Steven Bridgett which is a local community campaign indicates that the project is centered around updating fibre access to the local telephone exchanges and then taking fibre out to the various street cabinets attached to the Rothbury exchange. This sounds very like a mini version of what will be happening across the parts of Northumberland as part of the larger county council led project, and may cause some consternation from other campaigners who insist that only full fibre to the home/premises is the way to go.

Details of contracts and the actual signing of these is expected later this month according to the Defra announcement.


You are right its just a waste of a lot of public money, little do they realise they are only getting 'superfast' to a few and the majority of the people with poor connections won't alter, except by expensive copper bonding to extend the shelf life of the people on cabinets. If only they had done the job right and gone for a futureproof solution. No way will those on long lines be able to afford bt FOD. If it was locally owned fibre they could afford it.

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 8 years ago

Once again Chris you are on here criticising someone elses project because they have not done it the way B4RN have done it or the way you would like to see it done.
The vast majority of residents who live in our village are going to get direct fibre connections along with some of remote farms surrounding it will also get this as part of our build and benefit scheme.
There certainly was no great appetite for what u have done in Lancashire and no desire to run our own company!
As much as I am sure you would like to see B4RN replicated around the country, not everyone has the same desire or time!

  • StevenB87
  • over 8 years ago

I couldn't see much info about how this works - who receives the £460k ? is it then put out to tender ?

  • herdwick
  • over 8 years ago

A preferred supplier has been identified, but not named it seems.

It could be BT or it could be sub loop unbundling via someone else.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago - cleared in 2011

  • herdwick
  • over 8 years ago

StevenB87 surely you cannot be serious when you say "The vast majority of residents who live in our village are going to get direct fibre connections"

Don't you mean they will get fibre to the cabinet and so delivered on copper to the home?

Obviously outlying premises will be able to get fibre on demand, but that will be very expensive unless it is heavily subsidised.

and what is "build and benefit scheme"?

  • gotty
  • over 8 years ago

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