Stories from Kinross-shire locals who have upgraded to Gigabit broadband.
The Cleish Hills Community Interest Company was established in the summer of 2019 and has facilitated full fibre gigabit broadband upgrades for 91 homes and businesses. Fully funded through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme with support from Perth & Kinross Council. Upgrades have been in Cleish, Fruix and Leven Park.
30 homes and businesses at Cuthill Towers near Milnathort upgraded to full fibre gigabit broadband using the Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. With upgrades completed in summer 2020.
In 2019 the Mawcarse Gigabit Community Interest Company was established to enable full fibre gigabit broadband upgrades for 23 homes and businesses in Mawcarse, using the Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. With upgrades completed in summer 2020.
Mains of Mawcarse
In 2019, residents at the Mains of Mawcarse development were able to take advantage of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, and get 20 properties upgraded to full fibre gigabit broadband.
In 2017, Classlochie Digital Community Interest Company organised the first Openreach Community Fibre Partnership to go live in Scotland. Delivering full fibre gigabit broadband for 14 homes and businesses that were previously on speeds of around 1 to 1.5 Mbps.
The installation of fibre in Cleish has been everything we hoped it would be! The installation for us was very smooth and the engineers doing both inside and outside work were very helpful and polite. The fibre itself has made a huge difference. The stability of the connection is massively improved. I did a 5 hour zoom training session yesterday where I watched lots of videos and contributed to online presentations and this would have been impossible before. Our teenagers’ mobile phone costs are much reduced and interaction online with their school hugely improved. All in all, it has honestly been properly life improving!
Recently thanks to the upgrade carried out by Openreach I have been enjoying faster connections speeds both up and down with increased reliability. The voucher scheme allowed me to obtain fibre direct to the house with no additional cost for the monthly service and minimal disruption thanks to their installation contractors who provided and excellent service.
Our full fibre connection is working as promised. It has been wholly reliable and we have been able to download films and publications in a small fraction of the time it used to take. We really have no complaints at – including with how it was installed (the cable had to be underground down our drive) into the house during lock down.
Switching from ADSL to new fibre (FTTP) service has been a fantastic experience. Most impactful is the reliability. I now work from home and my job involves spending much of the day on video calls. Previously these were peppered with dropouts and poor quality connections. How quickly I have become used to them operating flawlessly! Even with my family streaming TV onto multiple screens. Just wonderful.