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WHAT WE OFFER

Following the results of the broadband survey and with the help of Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) we have formed a team of Nick Lampen, Kim Tunsley and Duncan Cook to build and run a wireless broadband network. It will:

Serve all Ullapool, Loch Broom, Little Lochbroom, Coigach and up to Elphin; no ifs no buts.
Provide a minimum 50Mbps Next Generation Broadband (NGA) service
Unlimited download / no download cap
Synchronous i.e. the same upload as download speed
Installation from approx £100 (Including Router)
Self-installation approx £50 (Including Router)
Residential service from £20
Business service from £40
No phone line required
Local technical support
Community owned
Profits distributed via a Community Benefit Fund

Our pilot project will start shortly. This will connect the UCT hub, Lochbroom FM and certain other buildings to test network capabilities and robustness. All being well we will have a better idea of our soft launch date and firm prices by the end of July.

We will keep you posted! Nick, Kim and Duncan


Background

The Scottish Government is committed to providing access to high speed broadband to the entire country by 2020.  Ullapool and Lochinver will get fibre broadband in 2016, however there are currently no plans to upgrade Coigach, or the outlying areas of UCT and Assynt.  There is funding available through Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) to install an alternative solution to these areas.

Following discussions with CBS and Coigach Community Development Company, UCT have now secured stage 1 funding.

This is a three stage process:

Stage 1. Community Overview  (identifying need and identifying potential project partners and funders)
Stage 2. Project Plan ( a high level technical review will be conducted, costs and potential revenue identified, a community body established and business plan produced)
Stage 3. Capital assistance (apply for funding, state aid consultation, planning permissions and build)

 

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Community Broadband Scotland

Community Broadband Scotland is a Scottish Government project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  It inspires, supports and empowers remote and rural communities across Scotland to establish community broadband networks, delivering improved connectivity which will transform the way communities live, work and learn more information…