Bellingham has been chosen to receive full fibre gigabit broadband as part of the Government's rural broadband voucher scheme.
WeFibre are the company providing the service to our area and we are delighted to announce that our Gigabit Fibre Broadband Community Project has now received Government approval for funding!
If you would like further information on the timescales for connection please email WeFibre directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update - 21st October 2021
The team from Pioneer Utilities were in the village this week surveying the existing Openreach Ducts and Poles for the build of our new Gigabit network. The new service will use existing passive infrastructure which minimises the need for digging new trenches which causes delays and disruption.
Update - 19th October 2021
Northern Powergrid are due to connect the cabinet to the mains electricity supply on the 27th October. The backhaul dark fibre to connect our cabinet to Telcom's core network has been ordered and once these items are in place WeFibre can begin rolling out our new ultrafast broadband service across the area!
Update - 5th August 2021
Landmark event! Our fibre cabinet was delivered and installed today - the cabinet contains the brains of the whole operation and is where all of the individual gigabit fibre optic strands come together and connect to the internet.
Update - 22nd July 2021
The first spade went into the ground today (22nd July) marking the start of build of our exciting new WeFibre Gigabit broadband network!
The team from Pioneer Utilities have commenced work to install our new fibre cabinet and the associated ducting which will allow WeFibre to connect homes and businesses via existing underground ducts and overhead poles throughout the parish.
Watch out for more contractors from Telcom Infrastructure in the coming weeks as we move to the next phase of the build!
Why should I get WeFibre?
Bellingham has always been the last place to get new services such as full mobile phone coverage, but this is the opportunity for us to get access to a faster broadband service than most towns and cities in the UK.
WeFibre offer speeds of 1000Mbps download and upload - up to 14x faster than the UK average download speed and up to 64x faster than the average upload speed! The fastest speeds in our area currently are around a maximum of 70Mbps download and 17Mbps upload depending on your provider and package.
Speeds vary as the current network relies on old fashioned phone lines to bring broadband from the nearest green street cabinet to your property. WeFibre is different - they run a fibre optic cable direct to your property so there is no old wiring to slow down your connection meaning blistering fast speeds!
You can see a comparison of different speeds illustrated using buckets below!
This whole project is only made possible by accessing grant funding in the shape of Rural Gigabit Vouchers, a scheme run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If you have already applied for a grant on the WeFibre website, then that’s it for now, you can sit back, put on the kettle and let them do all the hard work involved in bringing the goodness of WeFibre to your door.
We have exceeded the 100 signup voucher threshold (Rural Gigabit Voucher Claims) we need for WeFibre to proceed with the project. The scheme has been approved by the DCMS for funding and our new network is now in the build phase. Time is running out but it's not too late for you to claim your government voucher and spread the word to your friends, neighbours and wider community so we can all benefit from a faster and cheaper full fibre optic service! Email email@example.com to express your interest before it's too late.
What do I need to do?
The current Government voucher scheme for Gigabit Broadband closed on the 24th September.
If you have previously registered for your voucher to get free installation and a free months trial of the 1Gbps (1000mbps) full fibre to the home broadband service but not clicked the link on the email from the DCMS you will need to re-register so you don't miss out!
Email the WeFibre team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will re-submit your voucher to the DCMS.
Work to build our new Gigabit network has begun and connections are only £20 per month for residential and small businesses with 1000mbps download AND upload speeds.
The Government scheme has been extended so you can still get free installation and a 30 day no obligation free trial of blisteringly fast Gigabit Broadband. The new network will be available to residents of Bellingham, Redesmouth and Charlton under the Government DCMS Rural Gigabit Programme.
If you are a small business, shop etc please click the “Yes” option under “Do you have a business at this address?”. The form states home businesses but we have been told that it applies to other small businesses too. Registering as a business means you get a £3500 voucher rather than the £1500 residential voucher which really helps!
WeFibre's own fibre network can operate alongside your current broadband service so why not claim your voucher and try them for free for 30 days. If you’re not blown away by their 1,000Mbps speeds, you can leave free of charge - no hard feelings!
What about my home phone?
These days many of us use our mobile phones for calls and only have a home phone because you need one to get broadband! This is not the case with WeFibre so you are free to ditch the landline saving even more money!
If you still need a landline phone you have the option of keeping your exiting phone line or moving your number to a new VoIP (Voice over IP) service which carries your existing phone number over your shiney new fibre connection. VoIP services can be significantly cheaper than a traditional landline - details are listed in the pricing document below.
Check out WeFibre's Frequently Asked Questions page for some common questions and their answers.
If you need more details you can email WeFibre at email@example.com.
Spring 2021 Price Guide