Super Hyperfast Broadband for the Surrey Hills
1 Gig network for Albury and beyond
Change in leadership team
At our AGM on 26 October Graham Richardson, one of our founding directors, stepped down as a Director as he will be moving out of the area in a few months’ time. Graham’s contribution has been huge and we shall miss his contribution out in the field but mostly his wise counsel. He has assured us he will continue as a volunteer for as long as he remains living in Surrey.
On shareholders’ behalf I would like to thank Graham for all he has done for B4SH; we would not be where we are today without him.
On 22 September 2021 the Board appointed Sonya Graham as Director responsible for Administration and Customer Care in addition to her responsibility as Company Secretary. Sonya has been with B4SH since its inception and has been fundamental to its growth from a standing start to the business that you see today. Sonya is central to everything that we do but it is also encouraging to see a move towards greater diversity in our leadership team.
We are also delighted to announce that Ian Durrans has now joined us as Director, taking a lead on Finance. He has been working with B4SH for the last few months as a volunteer with the installation teams, so is already well known to a number of residents. We are delighted that he has agreed to join us more formally. You can read more about Ian on the Team page.
Walter Willcox retires as director
The Board of Broadband for Surrey Hills Ltd announces that Walter Willcox has retired as a director of the Company with effect from 28 July 2021.
Walter pioneered our broadband project and was a founding director of the company along with our chairman Anthony Townsend back in 2017, serving as Technical Director. He designed much of the initial network around Home Farm on the A25 including the duct access underneath that road. From that initial concept he has helped our network to grow to nearly 200 subscribers with many more planned in the near future.
We are very pleased that Walter has expressed a wish to continue to support the Company by serving as a volunteer; we look forward to seeing him out and about in the Surrey Hills as his circumstances permit.
The Directors wish to record their appreciation for all the hard work and dedication put in by Walter in getting the B4SH project up and running; the testaments we receive from those now fortunate enough to enjoy a 1000Mbps symmetrical broadband service speak volumes.
Broadband for Surrey Hills would like to update you on our position in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our priority is the health and well-being of our volunteers, plus anyone you come into contact with. As a telecommunications provider, we have been identified as Key Workers.
Please read our full statement on the Covid-19 impact.
Project Gigabit funding
The Government is providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people experiencing slow broadband speeds in rural areas.
Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps.
WHY Gig Up and Down?
Broadband for Surrey Hills Ltd (B4SH) will solve rural Surrey Hills’ broadband problems. B4SH is installing a hyperfast, brand new, independent, highly reliable, broadband network bringing fibre to the home and business.
Speeds will be 1 Gig (1000Mb/sec) download and upload simultaneously – best in class speed, especially in rural areas.
- Isolated rural communities in the Surrey Hills are desperate for reliable, high-speed internet connections.
- We have modelled ourselves on the pioneering and successful Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) that has successfully brought hyperfast internet to the rural communities of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.
- From the start, Broadband for the Surrey Hills (B4SH) has been run by local people, for local people.
- One Gig Up
- One Gig Down
- After Sales Services
- Competitive price
I am enjoying the service – I was able to upload 8 videos on Saturday for students for GCSE revision (each video 10 minutes + ), each upload taking a few minutes rather than hours (literally).
Many thanks to B4SH for providing fibre to our home. It was delivered in a professional and timely manner and welcomed like a newly sunk well into a drought area! Our broadband speed in the Surrey Hills was that bad!
Just received our speed test and it’s over 600x compared to our old service. Fantastic, a great team behind this venture. Get involved and get brilliant internet in Surrey Hills.
Fantastic speed. We have gone from the information dirt track to the super fast highway. A 2Gb upload has gone from 15hrs to 3mins!! Love it. Thanks, guys.” –
Completely delighted that what I assumed would be a complicated process, couldn’t have been easier. Everyone involved have been supportive and helpful. We’re delighted.Thank you B4SH.
“On the old service it was as though I had to wait for the postal service to deliver a letter and now it is like I have a personal fighter jet taking each letter.”