Last update 24th May 2014 by Eric Malcomson
There is a £100 Membership fee to be paid to complete your
As at Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:50:45 GMT -
338 people signed
up, 323 properties installed.
Here as a timeline of our adventure in applying for a grant of £123,523
towards building a future-proof fibre network between our villages and to be
able to share a 1000Mbps bandwidth equally at each village's wireless access
On completion, we will be able to deliver 1000Mbps to anyone who wishes to pay
for their individual fibre connection from their village termination point.
Abthorpe Broadband Association limited - a not-for-profit limited by guarantee
company - has been delivering broadband to the communities of Abthorpe and
Slapton for the last ten years and decided to make a step change in the service
by upgrading to superfast broadband*. There are no other plans to provide
superfast broadband services into this area, so we have to do it ourselves. Our
plans are to complete superfast roll-out by the end of 2014.
The catchement area is about 600
properties in the upper Tove Valley.
This area includes the villages of Abthorpe, Slapton, Wappenham, Lois Weedon, Weston, Astwell, Bradden
and Helmdon and of course the surrounding more isolated properties and hamlets.
You can see a coverage map here, and a
list of Post Codes here, but
if you are not quite within the area, it might be worth contacting us and
expressing your interest - we like a challenge! You can see the topography in
If you want to get involved with the organisation or would like more technical information, use our Contact Us form. We have to date registered around 40 people who have volunteered their services to help build the infrastructure and we need more - if you have a particular expertise that you think would be useful in the roll-out, please get in touch.
* Superfast broadband is defined by the EU and UK governments as better than