I live in West Yorkshire and back in 2011 I used to have fibre but needed to move house so when we did move it was to a relatively new development with just an old BT cab. It didnít yet have fibre so I was reluctant to move there but when I contacted BT they reassured me that it was due to be installed in March 2013. Of course that date came and went and I contacted them again in May 2013 to be told that they had to delay the install but was now scheduled for September 2013. Again in October I spoke to them and was told they had decided we would no longer be getting fibre and the decision was final.
Disappointed I started chasing some of the bigwigs at BT & BT Openreach and was told that they reckoned there wasnít the demand for it in our area. I asked that if I could prove there was a demand would they change their minds and thankfully they agreed to that. So over the next 2 months I visited every household in my area and explained the issue with regards to BT Openreach and managed to get over 90% of the houses on the estate to sign the petition over on SuperfastWestYorkshire. (This kept track of genuine interested signups if fibre was to become available).
BT were impressed with my efforts and they promised to re-look at their figures again to decide if it was now a viable project for them. They came back to me 2 weeks later and said that they would do the install but we had to privately fund part of it to the tune of £25,000. Obviously I was happy to contribute towards this but most residents were angry that BT would expect customers to pay for the install so I just couldnít get enough of the money together to fund it. (Managed to get around £5k pledged).
Anyway, some months later I am still in the same boat. I keep reading about grant money being available to some of the bigger cities up North, but wondered if anyone on here has been in a similar situation to us and managed to find any grants or pots of internet funds we could tap into to make this happen. I run my business from home and there are around 35 others here that do to. If I was living in Bradford or Leeds I would have access to the new £3k per house grant funds available for small businesses and we would easily be able to raise the £25k through that, but at the moment Huddersfield does not qualify. Iím running out of ideas so if anyone else has any suggestions or similar stories it would be much appreciated.