There’s still time for Melton communities to pledge support for ultrafast broadband to boost connections to their homes and businesses.
Leicestershire County Council is encouraging people in and around Knipton, Somerby and Wymondham to sign up for free vouchers to help fund the build being led by Openreach, as part of a Government scheme.
If enough people sign up, the villages will join more than 40,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire who already have full fibre broadband.
Full fibre technology provides more reliable, resilient, and future-proof connectivity. This allows residents and businesses to experience fewer faults, more consistent speeds, and enough capacity to easily meet growing data demands.
It's also future proof, which means it will serve generations to come and won’t need to be upgraded for decades.
The vouchers don’t cost residents anything and enable Openreach to build a customised co-funded network.
I urge the residents of Leicestershire to check their eligibility and prevent their villages from missing out on this opportunity.
Person:Councillor Pam Posnett, cabinet member for communities
Wendy Sycamore, Openreach’s regional engagement manager for the Midlands, said: “There’s still time for people living in these villages to pledge their voucher and secure a broadband upgrade for their community. It takes only a few minutes to do and doesn’t cost them anything.
“Everyone who pledges a voucher will be doing their bit to help make Leicestershire one of the best-connected places in the UK.”
Once the pledge target for the scheme is reached, residents need to ensure they then validate their vouchers with the Government so that Openreach can confirm that building work can get underway.
As part of the funding conditions residents are asked to commit to ordering a full fibre service from a provider of their choice for at least 12 months once the new network is available and confirm they are connected.
Find out more
The full list of communities associated with the Knipton, Wymondham and Somerby exchanges:
- Knipton, Harston, Croxton Kerrial, Eaton, Branston
- Somerby, Knossington, Cold Overton, Pickwell, Burrough on the Hill, Owston
- Wymondham, Stapleford, Edmondthorpe and Saxby
Find out if you qualify and how to pledge