It’s been a long, hard road and 18 months of mind snapping paperwork but we have secured £200,287 in grant funding from the Rural Community Broadband Fund – part of DEFRA. This will be match funded by the winner of the procurement process.
What does this mean for the project? It means we’ve launched our invitation to tender (which can be found here on the South East Business Portal) and are asking for bidders for this funding to build our broadband network. If you know a network operator who might be interested, let them know! There’s also some time left (before 3rd Jan 2014) to respond to the State Aid consultation if you need to do so.
The expectation is that we should be able to select a bidder and commence the project around April 2014, with work completed by the end of 2014, if not sooner.
The amount of time and effort expended by many in the community to get us to this point has been immense and it’s a very satisfying stage to have reached.
This website has been updated with more information on what we are aiming to deliver, why we’re doing it, and some helpful facts and figures about the project.