Our MP, Antoinette Sandbach has passed this note to us, it may be worth any business with a BRoadband Connection following up.
Subject: Vodafone launches programme to improve signal in rural community centres
Dear Ms Sandbach,
I’m writing to let you know about a new scheme Vodafone is launching to give indoor mobile coverage to up to 100 rural community hubs, from pubs to village halls and community-run shops, in mobile coverage not-spots across the UK.It would be great if you could let relevant communities in your area know about the scheme.
The Community Indoor Sure Signal (CISS) programme is designed to provide reliable indoor 3G voice and data coverage and will be open to 100 rural community hubs, building on the success of our Rural Open Sure Signal programme. The scheme compliments our expected investment of £2 billion over the next three years on improving our network and services across the UK.
Following a successful pilot at the Bear and Ragged Staff pub in Bransford, near Worcester, we’re now calling for applications from rural community centres such as independent or community-run pubs and shops, village halls, scout huts, doctors’ surgeries or visitor centres, that do not currently have reliable mobile coverage.
Successful applicants (who must be the broadband bill payer) will need an unlimited broadband package with download speeds of at least 4Mbps and upload speeds of 2Mbps and a domestic plug-in power point. The CISS unit simply plugs into a standard fixed broadband router to provide mobile coverage throughout a building, hall or shop.
Full information and application details are available here. We would encourage you to share the application details with any community hubs in your local area you think might be eligible to apply.
If you would like further information, please let me know. If you’d like to share this on social media, please feel free. We’re @VodafoneUK and we’re using #CISS100.
Senior Government Affairs Manager