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More than 300 subscribers have signed up to High Speed Broadband in the AirFast.net current subscriber catchment area around Crockham Hill, Toys Hill, Limpsfield Chart, Chartwell, Pootings, Bough Beech, Hever, and Chiddingstone. Following requests from Hever Parish Council and Chiddingstone Parish council, new basic infrastructure is being installed to provide additional capacity for these areas where up to 240 properties are located poor areas without high speed broadband. New connections in Hever and Chiddingstone have started. AirFast.net has been contacted by other local Parishes in non-spot areas and is in the process of undertaking feasibility studies to establish technical requirements and budget.
AirFast.net was established with £50K seed funding from Kent County Council (KCC) via Westerham Parish Council and a further interest free loan of £75K from AirFast.net directors and several members of the community. As AirFast.net is a not for profit organisation all surpluses are returned to the benefit of the community. All surpluses accruing from monthly subscription are currently being used to slowly strengthen infrastructure and help with extending the network. In future surpluses may be distributed to community projects.
Both Hever Parish Council, Chiddingstone Parish Council and the Toys Hill community have provided limited funding to part finance the extension of the current AirFast.net network with Public funds for a basic service to their Parishes. Other parishes are in the process of taking similar steps.
AirFast.net intends to remain a niche supplier providing hybrid wireless and fibre connections to rural not-spots. The current primary objective is to serve Parishes in our current subscriber catchment area and continue to serve the local community with essential modern communication services.