This page provides information about the campaign to provide fibre broadband to Kirkandrews using the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme. This is part of a UK Government initiative to enable rural communities to contract their own fibre broadband connection through the use of vouchers that are worth up to £1,500 per property or £3,500 per small business.
We have received the detailed estimate of costs to install fibre broadband to Kirkandrews from OpenReach. It came to £14,387. We will be able to cover this cost by using the Rural Gigabit Broadband Vouchers from 10 properties at £1,500 each. OpenReach are now preparing contract documents in readiness for proceeding with the installation.
Update – September 2020
We have received notification from Openreach that the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme is no longer applicable in Scotland because there is a Scottish Government initiative to deliver fibre broadband to all properties under the “Reaching 100%” (R100) programme. There is now a Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) that is available for people to use to contract the installation of an interim higher speed broadband service until R100 reaches them. In practice this means using either a 4G mobile hub or a satellite service. Some households in the Kirkandrews and Knockbrex areas are using the EE 4G Router or BT 4G Hub and are reporting download speeds of around 20 Mbps and upload speeds of over 10 Mbps. These devices use the 4G mobile phone network and, depending on your location, may require the installation of an external antenna to improve the signal reception.
Here are links to documents associated with the Kirkandrews community application for broadband vouchers.