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Rural UK ISP County Broadband Donates Tablets to School

Friday, March 5th, 2021 (1:38 pm) - Score 384
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Colchester-based ISP County Broadband, which is supported by a £46m investment from Aviva and working to roll-out a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the rural East of England, has donated an “initial batch” of 10 new tablets to St Andrew’s Primary School in Weeley.

There are concerns that a digital divide will emerge with children who don’t have access to equipment being put at a disadvantage. According to Ofcom, just under 10% of children do not have a laptop, tablet or desktop at home whilst over 800,000 rely on a mobile broadband connection instead of a fixed line broadband service. County Broadband hopes to tackle some of that.

The tablets being donated appear to be Amazon Fire 7 Tablets with 16GB of storage, which cost about £49.99 a pop and are quite restrictive in terms of what software you can install. But they should be handy for the 5+ age group that goes to a Primary School.

Lloyd Felton, CEO of County Broadband, said: “We are very pleased to donate these much-needed devices and support our local communities. We hope they’ll be a huge help for teachers, parents and children – both now in tough times and to help embrace future e-learning. We’re very much looking to the future with our rollout of full-fibre broadband infrastructure across rural north-east Essex and this vision goes hand-in-hand with schools and communities also looking to future-proof themselves with access to the right, modern technology.”

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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6 Responses
  1. Jason Maker says:

    should donate some more bandwidth to their fttp customers . Poor thruput speeds from County . Cant wait to leave at the end of my contract and go back to Sky

  2. The Facts says:

    £46M company donates £500. It’s a start. Other ISPs give free broadband to schools.

    1. Oggy says:

      It’s envelope opening time for Mark again.

      That’s that you’d report on the opening of one and not that County Broadband have given you a brown one in exchange for you reporting on their meagre donation!

  3. Fastman says:

    interesting choice of weeley as not on any current countybroadband roll out and not in area already covered by county

    1. The Facts says:

      CO16 9DH – We are delighted to announce that we will soon be delivering services in this area

    2. Fastman says:

      wonder if thats another community using the 10gig backhaul from london telehouse then

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