Avonline Broadband to end connection charges for rural customers

Satellite broadband could provide essential connectivity for residents, farmers and businesses in remote locations

Satellite broadband provider Avonline Broadband is to scrap its connection charges for businesses and residents in rural areas struggling to access a fast broadband service.

The company has announced that users who sign up to its ‘up to 22Mbps’ service through selected local authorities and rural associations will receive free installation and activation, which would normally cost £150.

Northumberland, Northamptonshire and Cornwall councils are participating local authorities, while partner organisations include the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Mark Wynn, managing director of Avonline Broadband, commented: “It is becoming increasingly clear from the recent announcements by official bodies, and in the chancellor’s Budget statement, that around 1.5 million mostly-rural homes and businesses have no realistic hope of getting superfast broadband from the large infrastructure providers in the foreseeable future.

“Satellite broadband is their only realistic solution over the next two to five years. Our priority is to make our satellite broadband capacity easily available to those in areas and interest groups where we have a relationship.

“We also welcome new partnerships with local authorities keen to help their residents solve their internet problem, wherever they may live. There is no cost to them for partnering with us.”

Full details of Avonline’s participating councils and rural associations can be found here.

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