Another million pounds to help rural parts of Worcestershire
It looks as if any another RCBF grant has been awarded, this time to Worcestershire to the tune of £1,147,032 with the aim to benefit over 1,400 homes and businesses.
The press coverage quotes a councillor as the money being to help reach additional rural areas with fibre. Though as ever there is a lack of detail on whether this is FTTC or FTTP, given that the previous allocation of £3.35 million was to benefit some 55,000 properties we would hope that the higher levels of public subsidy will mean FTTP is used. This figures represent central funding, match funding and funding from tender winner should boost the amount available e.g. the main BDUK project has £8.5m from council, £3.35m from BDUK and £8.9m from BT.
The areas involved are Ombersley, Honeybourne, Pebworth, Castlemorton, Birtsmorton and Welland, Doverdale, Holt, Abberley, Defford and Besford. This same list has previously being mentioned as part of a RCBF bid. The areas do not seem to form a contiguous footprint but rather several distinct areas, e.g. Pebworth and Welland are 25 miles apart.
While there will be complaints of this being more money going to BT, there seems to be no absolute confirmation of that yet, and a fixed wireless provider Airband has benefited from funding to provide speeds of 20 Mbps and faster for some across 14 parishes already in the county.