How BiGDiG works
BiGDiG now has a formal constitution and a board of trustees - currently
Andy Williams (Chair), Chris Balmer, John Davis, Chris Hall and Peter Kenington. This structure will allow us to engage with Monmouthshire
County Council and to apply for financial and practical assistance from
them towards our goal – to bring high-speed broadband to “Greater
We depend entirely on the efforts of volunteers to make things happen.
If you think you might be able to help, whether by acting as a trustee
or perhaps as a local advocate, please get in touch.
We have coined the phrase “Greater Devauden” to
describe an area which we believe could realistically and economically
receive faster broadband services based on an infrastructure centred on
Devauden. This area is shown on the map below.
Only when we have engaged with potential suppliers will we be able to
finalise the area to be served, however our driving mission is to ensure
that all residents and businesses within the area have access to
genuinely fast broadband services at competitive prices.
We are not specifying the methods which suppliers will use to deliver
these services, however it is likely that the solution will comprise a
mixture of “Fibre to the cabinet” (FTTC), “Fibre to the premises” (FTTP)
and wireless delivery. We believe that it is unlikely that
satellite-based solutions will meet the needs of the community in the
long-term, but will consider any realistic proposals.
We anticipate that the project will comprise five main phases:
Engage with the community to establish the level of interest
Engage with suppliers to obtain costed proposals and select a
Assist community members in completing Welsh Government grant
Engage with the Welsh Government and Monmouthshire Council to obtain
Sign up customers, install the infrastructure and commence the
There are a number of different ways in which we could manage the final
stage of the project, and these options will become clearer as the
project progresses. Watch this space for further information.
How you can help
Please support BiGDiG by registering your interest. You can do this now
by completing the form on our registration page .
To learn more about BiGDiG and faster broadband, visit our
How to check your broadband speed
When applying for a Welsh Government Broadband Support Grant,
you will need to submit copies of three speedchecks as evidence that
your download speed is consistently below 2Mbps.
To assist us in compiling the results of the
speed tests please use the BiGDiG
Speed Test Page.