Wednesday March 20th, the BiGDiG project took a huge step
forward when the first residents - in Devauden, Kilgwrrwg
and New Inn - were provided with their brand new, superfast
broadband connections. Service provider Spectrum Internet
was on hand, installing routers as requested and testing
each link to make sure that performance and reliability was
as expected. <more>.
Welsh Government Offer of
Funding Letters 24th
The Welsh Government has now written to the households in
the BiGDiG area that have applied for grants from the
Broadband Support Scheme.
They've started digging!
Extended to November 5th
We've had a really strong
response from the community, with over 100 households
submitting Welsh Government grant applications for our
community bid. Obviously we would like as many as we can
get, so we've extended our deadline to November 5th
to allow those that want to be a part of BiGDiG to get their
forms done and - just as importantly - their
Spectrum Internet Sponsor Devauden Bonfire Night
The Chepstow-based broadband service
provider Spectrum Internet has kindly sponsored this year's
Devauden Bonfire Night.
Click here for details.
The next BiGDiG community meeting is organised for Friday
12th October, at Devauden Village Hall
from 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available.
1st October 2012 - BiG News
Great news from the BiGDiG campaign. After a lengthy and
thorough selection process we have chosen Spectrum Internet
to supply our communities with greatly improved broadband
services. Work to secure funding and build out the new
infrastructure starts immediately.
committed to delivering a minimum of 4 Mbps services to your
home. To put that into some perspective, that is easily fast
enough to stream television and movies from services like
iPlayer and NetFlix. Or, to put it another way, it's about 2
to 4 times faster than the average broadband experience in
our area today. And that's the minimum. In fact, many of
those registered with BiGDiG will benefit from significantly
better services - 10 to 15 times faster.
improved broadband speeds will only be available when you
subscribe to services from Spectrum Internet. We'll update
you in more detail on what to expect at a series of public
meetings - the first of which will be Sunday
7th October. More of this later.
urgent task is to secure the funding - and this is where we
need your help. Please could you speed test your
current broadband service so that we can prove to the
funding bodies, particularly the Welsh Government, that you
are eligible for grant aid. We've made this really simple.
Here's what you do:
Go to BiGDiG's
page, and follow the simple instructions
Submit three separate tests, each on a
different day and time slot. You will need a morning
test, an afternoon test and an evening test.
We will store your speed test results, and we hope to be
able to submit them on your behalf as part of the grant
application process. We will not share your personal data
with anyone else without your permission.
also attached a Welsh Government grant form, already partly
completed by us to save you effort, and a complementary form
from Spectrum Internet to indicate that in due course you
would be prepared to commit to the new services. You can find
a crib sheet for filling the forms
. But get your speed checks done first!
We are going
to be running a series of meetings and workshops in
partnership with Spectrum. This will be an opportunity to
meet our new service provider, catch up with the BiGDiG
team, and get answers to all of your questions about
services, prices and processes. It's also the place to get
help with speed checks, grant forms etc. We'll do as many
meetings as we need to, but the first one is already
organised: Sunday 7th,
at Devauden Village Hall from 3.00pm.
Our goal is to submit a community bid to the Welsh
Government, complete with forms from at least 90 BiGDiG
households, before the 31st
October. Time is of the essence - so please get speed
22nd August 2012 - Update
BiGDiG team have been continuing their efforts to bring
superfast broadband to our area. A RFP (request for
proposal) document has been sent to potential suppliers and
we are expecting several responses before the 14th September
deadline. The most appropriate solution will then be
chosen and this will be presented to the public shortly
afterwards. Details of this event will be sent to your
nearer the time. Once a final decision has been reached we
will need as many subscribers as possible to complete
application forms for the Welsh Government's Broadband
Support Scheme. BiGDiG volunteers will be available to help
you with this.
We have held detailed discussions
with suppliers who offer a variety of possible
infrastructures for deploying superfast broadband in rural
areas. Specifically, wireless, FTTC (fibre to the cabinet)
and FTTP (fibre to the premises) solutions are being
considered. We remain confident that a greatly improved
broadband service can be achieved for our communities within
the next few months.
7th July 2012 - Devauden Fete
Join us at Devauden Fete on Saturday
7th July from 2pm to 5.30pm The BiGDiG organisers will be
on-hand to talk to you about the project and our progress so
far. Please call in at the BiGDiG stall for a chat and to
shelter from the relentless blazing sunshine (probably).
www.devauden.org.uk for details.
6th July 2012 - Progress
We issued our RFI (Request for
Information) document at the end of May and subsequently met
with several potential suppliers specialising in a range of
different technologies (fibre to the home, wireless etc.).
Three of these companies gave formal responses to the RFI
and this information was used to produce BiGDiG's
application to Monmouthshire County Council for their Local
Broadband Development Scheme grant. This was submitted at
the end of June and the Council's grant panel is due to meet
on 16th July. In the coming weeks we shall be putting
together a detailed RFP (Request for Proposal) to send to
the various companies who could provide the service we
30th May 2012 - Public Meeting
Thanks to everyone who came to the
BiGDiG public meeting in Devauden Village Hall. Over
40 enthustiastic local residents attended and we had some
valuable contributions during the discussion.
17th May 2012 - BiGDiG Launch
The BiGDiG project was officially
launched at the 2012 Devauden Music Fest. Many thanks
to the festival organisers for allowing us to pitch our
stall on 17th and 18th May. We spoke to many local
residents about the project and we boosted our number of
registrations to nearly 100 households and businesses.
BiGDiG representatives Peter
Kenington and Andy Williams at the 2012 Devauden Music