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 December 2016 Newsletter

Do you live in an area with poor broadband?

Perhaps you feel that there is no chance of ever getting faster broadband speeds or a more reliable service? CSW Broadband may have good news coming for you!

Over the past 2½ years since the rollout of superfast broadband began, over 56,000 premises have been connected to the fibre network. It could be that you are already able to achieve superfast speeds but don’t realise it yet. To find out, go to http://www.dslchecker.bt.com and enter a BT landline number, or your full address. Don’t use a postcode on its own as that is not accurate enough.

The CSW Broadband team are currently rolling out Contract 2, Part 1, which is bringing superfast broadband to over 17,000 further properties across Warwickshire and Solihull. To check if you are covered, go to the coverage maps at: www.cswbroadband.org.uk/broadbandchecker and enter your postcode. Please bear in mind that the map is drawn at postcode level, so is indicative only, as telecoms infrastructure doesn’t follow postcodes!

CSW Broadband are awaiting modelling from BT for a further £2m coverage, and hope to be able to map that during the spring of next year.

This is not the end of it.  The team are currently working on the procurement for Contract 3, with a value of up to £20m (depending on the outcome of funding bids). Different technologies are likely to come into play, meaning that it will be possible to reach areas that simply could not be covered under the previous contracts. Also, as this is a competitive tender and there are likely to be a number of bidders, it is anticipated that value for money will be high – which will extend the coverage still further.

To receive updates on the rollout and on further coverage as it is planned, please register your details at www.cswbroadband.org.uk/register

Copies of all previous newsletetrs can be found at –http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/downloads-resources/copy-to-use-on-your-own-website-newsletters-or-flyers/