Over 14,000 properties connected in £6 million investment
Cllr Rajawat visits Boulton House on Brentford Towers estate to learn more about the Community Fibre broadband installation
A £6 million broadband investment in the borough of Hounslow has resulted in a significant increase in the number of households with faster internet connections.
The Council’s partnership with Community Fibre yields has enabled over 14,200 properties and community to benefit from increased speeds.
Hounslow Council signed a non-exclusive wayleave agreement with Community Fibre in March 2021. This gave the company access to council-owned properties to install cabling.
The work will continue in the Hounslow West area with another 3,400 properties due to be connected by the end of 2022. The offer will be widely promoted including through Community Solutions, the Council’s overarching approach to early help and prevention, and the Hounslow Connect Digital Platform.
Community Fibre is also currently the only broadband provider which doesn’t ask customers to provide proof of eligibility from those wanting to access a social tariff. Its Essential 10 Mbps package is available to anyone who needs support staying connected online during the cost-of-living crisis.
The agreement with Community Fibre was reached to improve connectivity rates in the borough and tackle digital exclusion. Since works began last year, full fibre connections have increased from 13.6 per cent to 37.2 per cent. In the Feltham and Heston parliamentary constituency this rise has been even more dramatic with connections increasing from 8.5 per cent to 44.5 per cent in just one year.
Last week, the Council’s Cabinet approved the progress and updates to the Council’s Digital Strategy. Since being first approved in March 2020, the strategy has encouraged libraries to become digital data hubs, delivering over 1300 recycled laptops and desktops to people in need and provided skills workshops and improving online access to Council services.
Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, Leader of Hounslow Council, said, “Digital inclusivity is the main aim of the Council’s Digital approach, ensuring communities are connected and inclusive with no one being left behind. During the pandemic, we identified the problems affecting our residents and have implemented real changes to residents’ lives, ensuring they are connected through fast broadband services and have the skills necessary to succeed in the digital age, which has become more important than ever.
“Tackling digital exclusion is one of the many ways we are reducing inequality in the borough. We’ve made huge uplifts to the areas that needed it the most in areas such as Feltham and Heston.
“Digital Inclusion has three key elements, skills, access, and affordability, whether that means us stepping in to provide the equipment and infrastructure to get people connected or working with our community and voluntary sector partners to deliver training and support including through our Community Solutions approach, we are committed to improving our residents’ quality of life.”
Cllr Rajawat meets with the Community Fibre team at Boulton House on Brentford Towers estate
Graeme Oxby, CEO of Community Fibre, added, “At Community Fibre, we believe that everyone should have access to the best internet to ensure growth and greater opportunities for all. We are pleased to be working with Hounslow Council to bring London’s fastest internet to its residents at the best prices, as we continue to accelerate our full fibre rollout to facilitate better internet for everyone supported by our Community Investments and Digital Ambassadors programme.”
Landlords who want their properties in Hounslow upgraded can get in touch with Community Fibre via firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.communityfibre.co.uk.
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