The campaign continues for high speed broadband in rural Test and Dun Valleys. To date the virtual town (consisting of Houghton, West Tytherley, Broughton, Wherwell, Winterslow, Firsdown, Michelmersh, Timsbury, Kings Somborne, Goodworth Clatford, Chilbolton and Stockbridge) has been registering their interest in the project, using Cable My Street, which has triggered Virgin Media to invest in designing a brand new fibre to the home (FTTH) optical fibre network for the area. This is a ‘proof of concept’ project for Virgin Media who have, to date, only deployed their networks in urban environments.

For the network to be built, 1000 sign-ups had to be achieved across the virtual town by the end of July 2017, but also each village needed to reach their own target of 25%.

This was achieved!

The final results are below.

What Happens Next?

The West Tytherley Broadband Group met with Virgin Media on 8th August at their offices in Hammersmith to review the next steps.

In summary:

  • The build is definitely going ahead!
  • There are no more targets for us to meet or hoops to jump through as we have successfully demonstrated demand.
  • As all villages met their 25% sign-up targets all 12 villages will be in the build.
  • The build should be complete by the end of 2018.
  • VM’s design and marketing team have now stood down and their implementation team have taken over.
  • A steering group has been formed consisting of the build project manager, community liaison and public affairs from VM plus representatives from WTBBG. They will meet regularly starting now until the end of the build.
  • Comms from VM and from WTBBG will be relatively quiet for now whilst VM appoint the build contractors and prepare for the build to start. Once the build is underway comms will naturally increase.