Improve Digital Connectivity

Access to high speed, reliable broadband is vital to all areas of Gloucestershire in order to enable businesses to thrive and to allow residents to purchase products, services and enjoy online browsing and entertainment.  As a rural champion, GRCC is particularly interested in improving rural connectivity in Gloucestershire and has good links with Fastershire - the body co-ordinating rollout of better broadband for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

GRCC organises events so that rural communities can meet and hear direct from the Fastershire Team - the last one was on 12th June 2017.  See the presentation from that event in the action buttons on the right.

Our top tips for communities:

  • Get onto the Fastershire website to find out about the rollout 
  • Complete the online Fastershire survey to provide information about your connectivity and needs 
  • If Fibre broadband has been enabled in your area ensure that people realise the last piece in the jigsaw is for them to sign up to a fibre package with their current, or a new, provider
  • While you wait for the rollout to reach you, make the best of the service you have. This article on moneysavingexpert.com contains some guidance
  • If you are a rural business paying business rates, register for a 2-4 hour business review
  • Get in touch with us if you have any queries - contact info@grcc.org.uk 01452 528491

Did you know that GRCC runs a digital project - supporting older people to improve their IT skills?  We have a team of volunteers ready to help.  Look at our Digital Inclusion Project in our Supporting Older People section to find out more.