The Herefordshire Passport to Fastershire is the Council's way of ensuring that no home or business in the county that can prove the need for NGA (in terms of the savings to the public sector or benefits to the local economy) is left without it after 2016.
It will use a mixture of Council and European Funding to bring faster broadband services to those who need NGA but who do not get it through the Fastershire project.
Herefordshire Council is committed to ensuring that each business or resident who can prove the need for an NGA connection of over 24Mbps is able to get one. Therefore for those who receive a basic broadband service, but not an NGA service, through the new network and need to upgrade, there are a number of funding options available.
1. The Digital Birmingham scheme provides up to 3k for NGA provision from West Midlands applications (including Herefordshire).
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2. A pot available to homes and businesses in rural areas which do not benefit from NGA through the new network.
3. Awaiting next EU programme.
Because of the limited amount of additional funding we have this will be granted on a needs basis only. We do not have enough additional funding to achieve 100% NGA coverage for the county so it is vital that we spend this additional funding in the most efficient way. In order to do this, expressions of interest will be assessed through an open and fair application process.
Your eligibility for this additional funding will be assessed upon your expression of interest. The following criteria will be assessed:
What to do next? How to apply?
Because the rollout of the new fibre network is phased, additional funding for each area will only become available once work has started in an area. So applications will be processed in stages:
Step 1 Submit your expression of interest by filling out the form below
Step 2 If you are a business the Fastershire team will be in touch to arrange a session with an Objective Advisor through the CREATE project to help build your business case.
Step 3 Once funding becomes available in your area and you are eligible you will be sent an application form to complete
Step 4 Submit your completed application form by the specified date
Step 5 The Fastershire project team will inform you of the outcome of your application
Next step? Fill in the form below
Thanks for your expression of interest, we will be in touch once funding becomes available for your area.
NGA Broadband provides a high speed internet connection. In terms of the fund this is defined as broadband with a download capacity of 30Mbps and an upload capacity of 5Mbps upwards.
By completing this expression of interest, you will not be assured of an NGA connection. It will allow the council to reasonably allocate resources and to keep in touch with you. When your area gets deployed and if your premises is not planned to get NGA through the main project, you will be invited to submit a full application.
1. Property Type
Please indicate whether the property for which you are expressing an interest are residential or business premises. Only complete the ‘both’ response if more than 80% of the business’s operations are conducted on the site.
2. Contact Information
Please complete all sections.
If you are a business, the address you provide should reflect where the business primarily operates from and not the registered address if these are different.
The full application will go in to some detail to understand the benefits to your household or community of having access to NGA broadband. This level of detail is not needed in this initial registration, however we do need to understand how providing a connection to your property will help you receive services from public bodies. When listing services please feel free to include as many as necessary including health, education and employment services for example.
You should use this section to briefly provide some context behind why your business needs to have access to NGA broadband and the benefits this would bring. It will be important in the full application to explain fully what web enabled processes you will implement using the connection and how these will lead to improved financial performance and/or job opportunities. This level of detail is not needed in this initial registration but it is worth outlining how you might respond to this question.
You are not required to contribute to the costs of NGA provision, (unless you are applying for the Match funding which will require a 50% match contribution from the applicant). However, it may be in the event that the case for public subsidy is marginal, reducing the level of public subsidy required will increase the return on investment, will demonstrate your commitment to making the changes proposed and increase your chances of a successful application.