The full fibre network roll-out will include the surrounding villages of Pickmere, Wincham, Lostock Gralam, Davenham, Moulton, Great Budworth and Barnton, and residents will be able to connect as early as Autumn 2022.

David Hough, Freedom Fibre’s Network Operations Director said, “Reliable, fast, and economic broadband has quickly become a necessity for everybody. As we have moved into a digitally connected world, broadband is now considered an essential utility service. Freedom Fibre are deploying a full fibre network that will futureproof connectivity for our customers, using the latest technology to ensure that we can provide the service residents and businesses require. The Internet of Things (IoT) will see the simplest of household devices requiring fast broadband to operate at their optimum performance, and as we move towards a net-zero society, reliable connectivity is essential in ensuring that devices operate in the most efficient way.”

Northwich is currently served by standard fibre or FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband which is still reliant on copper phone line-based technology that will soon be phased out across the country (find out more about the copper network retirement here).

The Freedom Fibre network will provide residents and businesses with access to full fibre, or FTTP (Fibre to the Premises), broadband that is not reliant on the copper network, but instead delivers full fibreoptic technology straight into the home or office. The result is a much faster and a more reliable broadband connection.

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Freedom Fibre has secured funding in these areas under the UK Gigabit Voucher scheme run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This government scheme supports the delivery of gigabit-capable broadband technology to households experiencing slow speeds in rural areas (find out more about the scheme here). 

Households eligible under the scheme and wishing to connect to the Freedom Fibre network will be contacted by DCMS via email to validate the voucher, and to confirm when the service has been installed. There are no costs to the householder involved with this process.

If you’d like to stay up to date with the network roll-out and receive notification when the service is available in your street, please register your interest here.