BiGDiG – or “Broadband in Greater Devauden
interest Group” – was formed in April 2012 by a group of local
volunteers, responding to an invitation from Monmouthshire County
Council’s Adventa team to apply for financial assistance in bringing the
benefits of faster broadband to Devauden and the surrounding area.
Why is BiGDiG important?
If you are an internet user in Devauden or any of the surrounding
villages, you almost certainly experience download speeds below the
minimum level judged by the UK Government and the Welsh Government to be
acceptable (2Mbps). As internet services develop, what was once
acceptable is rapidly becoming unacceptable. Small businesses in
particular need reliable and fast connections for downloading and
Devauden is served by the Wolvesnewton exchange, which does not
appear in BT’s published plans for roll-out of fibre optic broadband
services. If Devauden is allowed to remain a “Not-Spot” for high-speed
broadband, this will start to have an adverse impact on property values,
as buyers opt for better-connected locations.
Grants of up to £1,000 per household are currently available from the
Welsh Government towards the installation costs of faster
broadband infrastructure. In practice, no single householder or business
could achieve a fast service at reasonable cost acting alone.
This is where BiGDiG comes in. Our aim is to work with all residents
and businesses in and around Devauden, assisting with grant
applications, negotiating with suppliers and developing a community-wide
approach to take us from “Not-Spot” to “Hot-Spot”.
For more information about BiGDiG visit the
Community Page .
What can I do?
If you agree that faster broadband services are important to the
community, please support BiGDiG by registering your interest. You can
do this now by completing the form on our registration page.
If you would like to know more, or would like to help, please e-mail us