Posted 1st August, 2003.
At a meeting at the Good Shepherd on Tuesday 22nd July speakers Mark Harrison (Acting Chairman of 3-C) and Chris Ratcliffe (Management Committee member of 3-C and webmaster for the Hebweb) explained what we had to do to get broadband to the Calder Valley Exchange, the need for people to register their interest online, lobby their MP's and generally explained how the successful campaign to get Hebden Bridge broadband enabled had worked.
Rob Wilmot founding member of Freeserve joined the management committee of 3-C giving a very supportive boost to the initiative. Mr Wilmot said he believed the local project could be as groundbreaking as Freeserve itself. He described 3-C as "having the potential to be one of the most innovative schemes in the country".
Mr Wilmot has already been discussing the project with senior staff at the regional funding agency, Yorkshire Forward. He said "They are very interested in what we are doing."
On Wednesday 23rd July Hebden Royd Town Council provided seed funding to help cover the legal incorporation of the project. 3-C's non-profit status makes it eligible to apply for major funding awards.
Almost half of the current 150 members of 3-C represent the Mytholmroyd, Luddenden Foot and Cragg Vale area. The remaining barrier to bringing broadband to this area is hitting the trigger level of 500 pre-registrations recently laid down by BT.
We currently stand at 310 registrations, a figure which has risen quickly since the Mytholmroyd.net and 3-C's campaigning efforts took off in May. If we maintain this momentum and encourage and help friends, family, neighbours to register, then we have a real hope of seeing broadband this year.
More information and help on registration can be found at: