At Rushcliffe we are very committed to ensuring that our residents receive optimum broadband access.
Further information on the Nottinghamshire Broadband plan, including the timetable for its implementation, is available at Nottinghamshire broadband.
Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme for businesses
Your business could get a grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade to faster, better broadband through the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.
The scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 to cover the capital and equipment costs of upgrading your broadband connection. You pay the VAT charged and the monthly line rental to your service provider. The monthly costs vary by provider and package, but a quarter of businesses pay £40 per month or less.
Benefits for Faster Broadband
Benefits to your business as a result of faster, better broadband include:
- Growing and accessing new markets through better communication with customers and suppliers
- Increasing security through fast secure back-up of data
- Increasing productivity and improving customer service through faster upload and download speeds
- Upgrading your broadband will also help to future-proof your business for the digital challenges of tomorrow
To find out more visit www.connectionvouchers.co.uk
Broadband Connectivity Checker
Residents and businesses can check the Broadband coverage down to specific postcodes, they will need to visit the online where and when checker on Nottinghamshire County Councils website. You can also see the coverage of the wider Rushcliffer area on the BBfN Map.
It should be noted that no superfast coverage doesn’t mean no broadband coverage, it simply means that the postcodes are unlikely to be able to access superfast broadband speeds (i.e. speeds of 24Mbps).
Mobile phone coverage – Government agreement with mobile network operators
The issue of mobile coverage is a key issue for Government and in December 2014, a landmark agreement was reached with the four UK Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to improve mobile coverage throughout the UK. As a result of that agreement, each MNO has taken on a legally binding obligation to provide voice and SMS text coverage at least 90 per cent of the UK landmass by 2017.
This will guarantee £5billion of investment in mobile infrastructure, mobile services will come to some areas for the first time, and will be improved across the UK. Partial not-spots (areas where there is coverage from at least one operator but not all four) will be halved and total not-spots (areas where there is no coverage at all) reduced by two thirds.
The agreement between the Government and the MNOs is the best outcome for both consumers, who will be assured of rapid coverage improvements, and the mobile industry who will retain flexibility in how they deliver this.
Additionally, Telefonica (O2) has a further licence obligation to deliver indoor 4G coverage to 98% of premises in the UK by 2017, and other MNOs have indicated that they will also match this commitment. These licence obligations should bring improved coverage to your area.
As a result of the agreement Ofcom has published online interactive maps that provide greater clarity on coverage in local areas. They also allow consumers to provide feedback to Ofcom if user experience does not match stated coverage. These can be accessed on the Ofcom website.
Update on Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire
Almost 95% of homes and businesses now have access to superfast fibre broadband in Rushcliffe Borough – higher than the 92% average across the UK.
This is a far cry from the 74% coverage in the summer of 2014, before the start of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) scheme – a £29m programme which is transforming the county’s digital infrastructure.
BBfN is being led by Nottinghamshire County Council, in partnership with BT Open Reach and is one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in the county.
The scheme is filling the gaps left by commercial providers in broadband provision and is on course to achieve 98% superfast broadband availability Nottinghamshire by spring 2018, retaining our status as one of the best connected counties in the country.
Recent areas to get superfast broadband access in Rushcliffe, thanks to BBfN, include:
- 39 properties in Cotgrave from a new fibre cabinet in Hollygate Lane
- 122 properties in East Bridgford from a new fibre cabinet in Chipmunk Way
- 115 properties in Whatton from a new fibre cabinet in Cromwell Road
- 55 properties in Bingham from a new fibre cabinet in Moorbridge Road
Broadband upgrades are not made automatically and you will need to make arrangements with an internet service provider to access the faster fibre service once they are available in your area
Further information is available on Nottinghamshire County Council's website:
- Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire Page
- Where and When Checker
- Business and Household Case Studies