Local hero ISP Allpay, which specialises in providing wireless broadband solutions, has done a deal with Herfordshire Housing which will see tenants able to get free broadband, up to 10Mbps, within the next five years.
5,500 Herfordshire Housing social homes will eventually be able to sign up for the free service which will debut at Innesfield in Clehonger.
Peter Brown, Herefordshire Housing chief executive, welcomed the deal saying; “We chose the scheme at Clehonger to test the Allpay system as it is a rural location and BT have only been able to provide [up to] 2Mbps to this point.
“Broadband is increasingly becoming the fourth utility and we want as many tenants as possible to benefit from having high-speed internet access in their home.
“We feel access to the internet can help change people’s lives – from shopping, to contact with family members as well as accessing our own services,” Brown added.
According to Allpay's site, the plan is to get all of the 5,500 houses covered by Allpay broadband by the end of the year.
The next sheltered schemes to benefit from the partnership with allpay Broadband will be Southgate in Ross Road, Hereford, and Bryngwyn Court.
Allpay’s Managing Director Tony Killeen said the partnership with Herefordshire Housing was an ideal fit for his organisation;
“Allpay already helps housing associations across the UK with the collection of rent through our bill payment systems, so it is a natural fit for us to provide them with broadband solutions as well.
“Digital and financial inclusion are high up the Allpay agenda and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Herefordshire Housing.”
Allpay’s 10Mbps service typically costs £29.00 a month with no BT line required and no limit on downloads.