FACTCO recently visited Cambois Primary School to find out what the internet meant to children in the area.
FACTCO are in the process of installing a gigabit-capable network in Cambois. This network, made possible thanks to UK Government’s Project Gigabit Voucher Scheme will revolutionise the connectivity of the village, massively increasing the speed and reliability of the internet for the area.
This upgrade will change the lives of the locals, bringing massive benefits to home and business users – as well as the children of Cambois Primary.
Ahead of the network installation, FACTCO encouraged Cambois students to visualise what the internet meant to them.
A selection of the students’ colourful and creative artwork has now been used to decorate FACTCO’s newly installed network cabinet.
Of the company’s involvement at Cambois Primary School Ian Finlay, Community Fibre Lead at FACTCO, stated “we can’t thank Cambois Primary enough for helping us decorate our new network cabinet. The wonderful artwork that the children have made will give people a wider context of what it is that we’re trying to achieve in Cambois.”
Ian added “Better broadband isn’t just about making home and working life easier. It can have a huge positive impact on education too. With our new full fibre network, children of Cambois will be able to access online learning materials whenever they need them – both at school and at home.”
Marianne Allen, Headteacher of Cambois Primary School, explained “We as a school would like to say how impressed we have been with FACTCO and Ian and the way they have included the school in every element of the project. Our pupils loved taking part in the competition led by FACTCO and we are excited to see ultrafast broadband coming to our wonderful area.”.
Councillor Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member responsible for iNorthumberland, said: “I would like to convey my sincere thanks to FACTCO for delivering this high-speed fibre broadband to Cambois Primary School.
“Being connected is such a vital part of all our lives now and the recent pandemic has only highlighted the importance of staying connected. I’m excited to see this being brought to other schools in the area.”
Local Ward Councillor Alex Wallace, said, “I’m very proud of the pupils at Cambois Primary School and to FACTCO for working together to make the most of this boosted connectivity. I can’t agree more that this is imperative to our modern lives.
The Cambois Primary School art challenge comes as FACTCO have started to connect customers with over 100 already connected and many more to come. Much of the groundwork for the project was completed in late 2021, with connections happening throughout 2022.
FACTCO designs installs and maintains its own full fibre networks in several rural areas across the UK.
The business is a registered supplier of the UK Government’s Project Gigabit Voucher Scheme. Devised by the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), the scheme provides funding for network installation in areas that suffer from inadequate connectivity.
The Government is investing up to £210m to support rural communities with the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections. Grants of up to £1,500 are available for residents and up to £3,500 for businesses towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband. It enables households and businesses to club together to increase the total subsidy of a project to cover most or all the costs of installation for eligible areas.
For more information, and to apply if eligible, visit: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/