Abbotts Ann Gigabit Enabled Broadband Project

FREE Broadband Upgrade 

To Gigabit Enabled FTTP Broadband 

funded by the government, delivered to Abbotts Ann in conjunction with Openreach

As a village, we have a one-time opportunity to upgrade the village telecoms infrastructure, which has caused the village broadband and internet to be woefully unreliable.  A small group of volunteers have engaged with Openreach to create a community project which would allow this upgrade to take place and be fully funded by the government.  

Bottom line –  you get gigabit enabled FTTP broadband FOR FREE, increasing the value of your home.



What Do You Need To Do?

1 – Go to: https://www.abbottsann.com/gigabit-broadband-addresses/ and check that your address is included in the over 620 Abbotts Ann properties slated for inclusion in the FTTP upgrade project. Use the address checker on the page.

2 – Want to upgrade to FTTP FOR FREE? Enter your details HERE  MAKE SURE: If you are a legitimate business, or run a business from home (the government will check you are a registered company) – you apply as a business as this increases the funding the government will give to the project

3 – Problems? Speak to your local FTTP Champion – they operate in postcode areas or email broadband@abbottsann.com



What is FTTP (Fibre To The Premises)?

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP, or FTTH – Fibre to the Home) is a broadband technology that uses optical fibre to provide broadband and very fast internet speeds.  The optical fibre broadband internet connection from the local exchange is connected to the router in your home, which is much faster, stable and more reliable than the old copper telephone line used by many other broadband services.  The result is you can enjoy very high speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabits per second).

Why should I take this opportunity?

If you are a regular user of the internet, if you work from home or run a business in the village, you will no doubt be aware of the limitations that the current village infrastructure imposes;  

  • regular drops in internet signal
  • frequent drops in internet speed
  • buffering when watching movies  

These issues will get worse over time, as ever increasing amounts of data are squeezed down creaking 1950’s cables.  The FTTP gigabit enabled broadband project offers us the chance to upgrade the village infrastructure wholesale, and have it entirely funded by the government. This is a time-limited offer by the Government and should be taken advantage of.  Without government funding, the upgrade costs to households in the future are likely to be in excess of £1,200 per property.

Property value increase

An independent review of the superfast broadband program, conducted by Ipsos Mori, found that the value of homes increased, if they had fibre to the premises, compared with homes without.  The point is, even if you are not a heavy Internet user, it makes sense to take this opportunity to upgrade to FTTP as you are adding value to your property at no cost to yourself.  With more people working from home, this feature will become more critical in the future.

(see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/superfast-broadband-programme-state-aid-evaluation-report-2020)



Contact (please bear in mind that we are volunteers, these emails will be answered as and when we can): broadband@abbottsann.com

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