Last update 10th August 2014 by Eric Malcomson

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As at Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:13:06 GMT - 354 people signed up, 336 properties installed.

Our contract with DEFRA for Phase 2 is GO.

Our contract with Northants Land Drainage to dig tubes
between the villages is GO.

Our contract with Fibre Options to blow fibres through the tubes and
connect the villages together with a 1,000Mbps network is GO.

Our contract to connect to the internet at 1,000Mbps is GO.

Our contract with MSDistributions for the supply of radio kit is GO

Work starts in Wappenham on the 18th August and is expected to be
completed and operational before Christmas.

We have taken great care in choosing the methods of constructing this infrastructure - for example we are using directional boring in several places so as not to disturb the surface more than necessary.

Where there is disruption to normal daily life, we apologise in advance.

View the latest photos of our progress here...

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 our Panoramas.

* Superfast broadband is defined by the EU and UK governments as better than 30Mbps
Phase 2 of this project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.