Great news, keep us updated on your progress!
I'm in the process of starting a CFP for our area. Was supposed to be just for 10 properties, but now expanded to 58 (not all actual lived in addresses! Ie, farm buildings and stables!!). I'm expecting this to grow again to cover much of the village (some of which gets less than 10Mbps but is quite a distance from the original intended CFP area!) once the planners do their bit.
We're at 88% of target met, but the pledge rate has slowed down dramatically from the initial surge. The problem we have is actually getting the word out that people can pledge the vouchers, and dealing with a lot of ignorance.
Common comments are along the lines of...
- I put my postcode in and it says I'm not eligible (This is usually from people in parts of the village where FTTH is already available but they don't appear to know that they can already get it)
- I don't want to take out a 12 month contract (I usually answer that by saying unless you are giving up broadband completely in the next year or two you have nothing to be concerned about)
- We're being asked to commit for 12 months without knowing what prices will be (I point them to the BT website showing that entry level fibre costs the same as BT ADSL and has done for a while and things aren't likely to change)
- Only extreme users need fibre, ADSL is fine for most people (one person on the village fb site reckons she can have 2 or 3 computers on when working from home along with three simultaneous Netflix streams on a 10Mb connection!)
- fibre is too expensive (wrong!)
So, a lot of ignorance that I'm doing my best to overcome, but the biggest problem is getting the word out that people can sign up and that if they do fibre *will* come at no cost to them. If anybody has any ideas on how to get the word out effectively that would be a big help.