MLA Cathal Boylan is asking for as many people as possible from Mayobridge and Jerrettspass to sign up for ultrafast Full Fibre broadband before the 14 March deadline.

Openreach, Northern Ireland’s largest digital infrastructure provider, is currently building gigabit capable ultrafast Full Fibre broadband across the region and is urgently calling on residents in Jerrettspass and Mayobridge to join its Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) initiative before the scheme closes March 14. 

Living through another lockdown means fast and reliable broadband speeds are again front of mind.  With families at home and more people needing to connect multiple devices simultaneously to the internet, ultrafast Full Fibre broadband is the perfect solution.  Although speeds of up to 1000 Mbps are possible, packages offering a 150 Mbps are a popular choice for streaming, gaming and connecting to home schooling apps.

Michael Gaw, Openreach CFP lead, alongside members of Openreach’s build team
Michael Gaw, Openreach CFP lead, alongside members of Openreach’s build team are urging Jerrettspass and Mayobridge residents to sign up for ultrafast broadband.

Through its Community Fibre Partnership initiative, Openreach is working together with communities that are not currently included in any private or publicly financed build plans to bring futureproof, ultrafast Full Fibre broadband to homes and businesses in the area, at no cost to the community. Openreach build the new ultrafast Full Fibre broadband network but residents still receive their bill from their Communication Provider in the normal way, ensuring residents can choose the speed and price package that is right for them.

Properties in the CFP scheme are eligible for Government Gigbabit Vouchers which provide up to £3,500 for each SMEs, and up to £1,500 per residential premises to support the cost of installing new gigabit capable connections.Residents and businesses can join the scheme by pledging their vouchers, which are then combined with an investment from Openreach to create a fund which covers the cost of building the new infrastructure.

With just two weeks until the Jerrettspass and Mayobridge schemes close, it is important to act now and pledge your voucher as a funding target must be reached before Openreach can commence its build. 

Local MLA Cathal Boylan is strongly urging residents to avail of this opportunity and register their interest in the scheme to make sure they don’t miss out.

Cathal said: “It’s crucial that as many residents of Jerrettspass and Mayobridge come forward and pledge their free Government Gigabit voucher to Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership scheme and encourage friends and neighbours to do the same. We need as many people as possible to sign up for ultrafast Full Fibre broadband to be built to these areas.

“Once the new broadband network is built, almost 270 properties across the two schemes will be able to access faster and more reliable broadband connections to work, study or connect from home. This is a fantastic opportunity for homes and businesses in these communities to make use of and I would encourage everyone to act now before it’s too late.”

To pledge your voucher, visit OPENREACH.COMUNITY follow the steps and encourage other residents of the Jerrettspass and Mayobridge communities to do the same.

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