Community Fibre Partnerships (CFPs) have recently been renamed Fibre Community Partnerships (FCPs), so our scheme will now be referred to as the “Amport FCP”.
In October 2021 the Amport FCP team encouraged residents whose houses are on the Abbotts Ann exchange (i.e. those which are to the East of Sarson Lane) to enrol onto the Abbotts Ann FCP scheme, for which they were eligible. The response from residents was excellent, and the vast majority chose to join the scheme. Some work has already started in Abbotts Ann to deliver full-fibre (“Fibre to the Premises” – FTTP), although we don’t yet know when it will be completed. The point of contact for the Abbotts Ann FCP is Keith Saunders, who can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org
On 14 January 2022, Hampshire was one of the areas included in the Government’s latest Project Gigabit procurement process (see Project_Gigabit_Autumn_Update-complete.pdf). This is an alternative Government approach to subsidising FTTP schemes. In this process, various providers will look to see where they can deliver the FTTP network using the Government’s Project Gigabit funding. The procurement process will last approximately 8-9 weeks (based on previous areas going through the same process). If our area is selected for inclusion in this procurement, we will not need to go down the FCP route. If we are not selected, we will need to continue with the FCP approach.
In January 2022 in response to our FCP bid last year, Openreach began conducting a more detailed survey of the remainder of Amport (excluding Sarsons Close and the houses on the Abbotts Ann exchange) and of East Cholderton. Both of these areas are connected to the Weyhill exchange. Openreach engineers are visiting individual houses, and they are happy to answer your questions. They hope to complete this survey by the end of January 2022, allowing them to provide a much more accurate estimate of what it will cost to deliver FTTP in our area.
By April 2022 we should therefore know whether our properties will be part of the Project Gigabit procurement scheme; and if they are not, we will have a much more accurate costing from Openreach which will allow us to press on with the FCP approach. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Robert, the Amport FCP lead, at email@example.com.