As promised in our last post, we are now able to post a finalised list of the postcodes we will be able to cover under the present legislation, and which we will be eligible to receive 89% of funding for under State Aid rules.
The following list of postcodes have now been confirmed as ‘White’ – which means to say these are the postcodes that KCB will be able to provide its service to under the funding available through Community Broadband Scotland (via HIE and BDUK).
We are pleased to say that this is an expanded list and we are led to believe by CBS consultants that there are over 420 properties in the area. This greatly enhances our business plan, and means we are able to progress our preferred sustainable project.
The next step is to move forward towards a DSSB superfast contract. CBS and their consultants Farrpoint will be enabling this work over the next weeks.
Changes in legislation are meaning that there will be a rush of applications over the coming months, and we are not certain how this will affect our progress towards rolling out this service. Suffice to say the board and volunteers at KCB will ensure we get the project off the ground as quickly as possible.
As mentioned in our last post KCB are also investigating partnerships with third parties to mitigate funding and scheduling issues, but in the meantime, we will be contacting local businesses in the hope that they will make financial undertakings to help fund the 11% of match-funding KCB has to acquire.
We have produced a map to show where this first phase of installations will be available. With the addition of 8 postcodes on Bute and all 7 in Colintraive, this is regarded by CBS as a highly sustainable project.