Want better broadband?
“Our broadband is rubbish!”
… is a phrase we’ve heard from a lot of folk across Strathspey. If the lockdowns taught us anything, it is that we all need access to better internet connectivity.
Working or studying at home, accessing essential information not to mention streaming movies and downloading your favourite box sets! And when you add in the fact the several members of the same family want or need to be online at the same time? Buffering galore.
We want to do something about it.
Register your interest now!
We have worked with the Grantown Society since 2017 to explore how we might be able to delivery digital support to the town and surrounding area.
This ‘registration of interest’ is the first step in trying to provide a solution for our community – inviting residents, businesses and organisations to register interest in gigabit-capable broadband. We are striving to be different – not just looking at how we provide improved connectivity but also by delivering a network that will deliver community benefit … all at no more than you are paying today*.
Please complete all requested fields on the form below.
Compulsory fields*: we will need this information to work with the required partners on the project:
Your data …
The information shared through this online form will be added automatically to our GDPR-compliant database on MailChimp.
We will then be able to keep you informed via email on our plans, network development and service updates. We will also share news from time to time on our Facebook page.
We ran an initial registration process – promoting the opportunity in partnership with local stakeholders. At the end of that period, close to 350 had signed up. Since then, we have been able to assess the demand – not only across Grantown-on-Spey but also over a much larger rural catchment. We have now installed essential equipment that enables to to start our network build.
Critical mass …
The provision of improved broadband is very much demand-led. Where we have critical mass – enough people, be they residents or business saying they want to proceed – then we will be able to deliver.
The map at the top of this page shows pins where people have registered: every time someone completes the form, it drops a pin to show their address location. The more pins in any one area, the better. If we can demonstrate the demand, we can work with partners and stakeholders to deliver what residents, businesses and organisations really need.
Will it cover my address?
We are looking to offer the service across Strathspey. Grantown-on-Spey will be the hub.
Our plans are for the service to radiate out from Grantown and eventually to stretch from Aviemore in the west to Aberlour in the east. If the demand is there, we can look to reach those living and working in and around …
Advie | Ballindalloch | Boat of Garten | Carrbridge
Coylumbridge | Cromdale | Craggan | Dava
Dulnain Bridge | Glenlivet | Nethy Bridge | Tomintoul
The offer: super or ultra?
At present, some homes and businesses are operating with broadband speeds of under 10Mbps. Across the area – in fact across Scotland – 30Mbs is not only seen as good, it is labeled as ‘superfast‘. UK wide? The average is now above 70Mbps … we are way behind. Ever-increasing demands and expectations on digital communication mean the world is getting faster. Connectivity has to keep up.
The broadband target is to deliver reliable, ultrafast connectivity: the very basic service will be superfast. The ambition is ultrafast – with a focus on significantly faster speeds of connectivity for both download and upload.
Gigabit capable: its the business!
What we’re proposing will be transformational. If our plans come to fruition – again, demand-led – homes and businesses will be offered a service that steps up on delivery in bands up to a maximum of 1Gbps connectivity.
We know many businesses across Strathspey struggle with connectivity – even for items as basic as contactless payment systems. Our plans will ensure all those who want ultrafast connectivity can get it – to support existing businesses and to make the area an even more attractive destination for those considering start-ups or relocation.
Our pledge …
Unlike any national service provider, the offering proposed will work with local partners and community stakeholders to help deliver much-needed improvements in our area’s digital connectivity.
* We want to ensure that the services offered are financially viable: to that end, there’s a commitment that any broadband charges delivered will be no higher than those people are paying for the equivalent services offered by other providers. The added benefit? That customers signing up will be helping to support our town and surrounding catchment, not only delivering unrivaled connectivity, but also providing support for our wider community.
If you have any questions, please email us via this link.
Thank you for reading and – we hope – for completing our registration form.
It is only through residents and businesses informing us of their need for improved connectivity that we will be able to explore how we can best help … to deliver gigabit-capable broadband in across Strathspey.