We are aware that a number of communities have been approached by BT in relation to a scheme which has been put in place requesting funding from individuals and communities to improve their broadband.
In essence, the scheme asks community members to express an interest in a fibre based broadband solution and then asks them to contribute towards the cost of the build.
This scheme isn't related to the Lincolnshire Broadband Programme and we are unaware of letters BT are sending out to communities.
Our position remains, that we will utilise existing funding from Contract 1 underspend and from what we call a 'clawback arrangement' with BT to attempt to fund additional communities over and above what have been deployed in Contract 1 or is planned in contract 2. Until we have established which additional communities/premises we can cover with this funding, we cannot support any scheme that asks communities for funding which may subsequently be covered by the extra work we are currently investigating. We hope to make further announcements shortly regarding this matter.
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