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ABbA granted £8034.99 by DCMS for FTTP

Author: John Riches Published: 11th February 2019 08:40

David Elkington of Complete Ground Management.David Elkington of Complete Ground Management.Abthorpe Broadband Association Ltd founded in 2003 now trades as Tove Valley Broadband. Our little not-for-profit company, operated entirely by unpaid volunteers, has recently received a grant of £8034.99 by means of the Gigabit Voucher Scheme operated by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to allow the installation of fibre to the premises.
 
The DCMS states as full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, the Government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. The Gigabit Voucher Scheme can be used by small businesses and the nearby local communities to contribute to the cost of an ultra-fast broadband connection.
 
The recent grant has been used to install direct fibre to the offices of the Complete Ground Management company and the surrounding homes in the Lois Weedon Green area.  David Elkington of CGM states that “The speed of our connection makes our use of services over the web a breeze – this, along with an assured reliability, gives us confidence to grow the use of the internet in our future business.”
 
Eric Malcomson the Chairman of the Tove Valley organisation has explained that another grant of £7,000+ has been agreed to connect Slapton Hill and its small business park plus the tiny hamlet of Southfields to direct fibre. Three more grants are being applied for, to lay fibre to premises in Wappenham, Weston and here in Abthorpe where 28 homes on the south side of Wappenham Road and the eastern side of Brackley Lane including Snelson’s Orchard have received a leaflet through their letterboxes outlining the plans and asking residents to make contact with philip.berry@abthorpe.net if they wish to be connected to this exciting project.
 

John Riches
 

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