A community project aiming to connect every household in two villages to superfast broadband has reached a milestone.
Fibre for Rural Nottinghamshire (F4RN), created by a group of residents, has connected 100 households in Fiskerton and Morton.
Initially, most were connected to the network using wi-fi because it was the quickest way of getting people connected, but they are now using fibre, which gives a more consistent speed.
Mr Ted Ward, of F4RN, said: “The steady introduction of superfast broadband into Fiskerton and Morton has been gathering momentum over recent months with some 100 connected subscribers all enjoying superior internet speeds at a cost comparable with longer established suppliers.
“Currently around 30% of connected households are on fibre but this is rapidly changing as the energetic team of volunteers are installing ducting and fibre direct to individual households.
“The plan in the next 12 months is to ensure every subscribing home is fed by fibre.”
'The difference is huge'
Lorna Latham, of Fiskerton, who signed up to F4RN, said: “I had experienced poor broadband service over a long period of time, which had greatly hindered my ability to carry out basic day-to-day internet activities, while downloading was almost impossible to perform.
“I was connected to the F4RN network via wi-fi in November and I have been very impressed by the method of installation, the attention to detail plus the quality and stability of the broadband service provided by F4RN.
“The difference between the old and the new broadband service is huge and the actual changeover went smoothly with no teething problems.”
As fibre routes are developed, existing wi-fi users are switched to new fibre connections.
New subscribers are evaluated for their proximity to an existing fibre route and are connected straight away or provided with a wi-fi connection until a fibre termination is achievable.
Mr Ward added: “This conversion to fibre comes at no additional cost to the end users in line with the F4RN’s financial objective of ensuring that the service is financially viable.
“The F4RN network is owned, installed and maintained by the community and as such it prides itself on the highest level of customer service.”