FibreValley is a community led campaign to see next generation high speed broadband services universally available to homes, farms and businesses in the Worth Valley, West Yorkshire.
Worth Valley villages, including Haworth, Oldfield, Oxenhope and Stanbury, could be considered a little remote and left to commercial market forces are unlikely to benefit from the latest technologies, providing lightning fast digital services that compare with the best in the world, for some considerable period.
Here’s a presentation summarising why this matters (click on the image to open the pdf in a window).
We currently have variable broadband services with some people now enjoying an acceptable service whilst others are struggling with sub 2Mb/s or less and in some instances can’t get online at all.
Many villages are several miles away from the nearest exchange and served by an ageing copper telecoms network that was designed for the telephone and not the digital information age. Although fibre is now present to some cabinets we are experiencing patchy and unreliable services as we find communities some distance away from a fibre cabinet and we also hear about underground routing and connection issues that deprive users of a quality service.
What can we do?
To realise our vision we think we need to focus on the following three things;
1. To create digitally aware communities where every citizen is connected to the web and understands the many benefits offered by high speed broadband services.
2. To demonstrate to key stakeholders and providers that there is sufficient interest and potential take-up of new services in the Worth Valley to influence their investment decisions.
3. To explore a range of local solutions in areas of need including community WiFi schemes utilising the fibre links into our schools and the building of additional infrastructure.
Who are we?
FibreValley is a company limited by guarantee and a social enterprise. Our two Directors live in Oxenhope and Stanbury and we have a number of members from across the Worth Valley.
Registered office: 145-157 St John Street, London EC1V 4PW
Registered in England & Wales company No. 08028004