VILLAGERS have been warned they could miss out on securing ultra-fast broadband.

Openreach is warning that the community risks missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime full fibre upgrade if they don’t apply for free government broadband vouchers.

Remote rural communities in Moore are now within reach of ultrafast technology thanks to funding through the government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and the deployment of new broadband signal-boosting technology.

Openreach has identified the village as being within the scope for Full Fibre and is urging local people to take the next step by applying for and pooling together free Government Gigabit Vouchers to help fund the build.

The scheme is just 50 vouchers short of being able to proceed.

Paul Harland, Openreach’s regional engagement manager, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for the people of Moore to bring all the benefits of ultrafast, ultra-reliable full-fibre broadband to their community.

"We’ve had a great response so far but we still need 50 more to sign up and pledge their voucher so the scheme can go ahead.

“Our Fibre Community Partnership programme has meant that we’ve been able to potentially bring hundreds more communities across the UK, into our Full Fibre build plans.

"But building out the network to these harder-to-reach locations is still challenging – which is why its only possible with everyone working together  – you, your neighbours and Openreach.

“Everyone who pledges a voucher will be doing their bit to help make Moore one of the best-connected places in the UK.”

“We’re investing £15 billion to build full-fibre broadband to 25 million homes – and more than six million of those will be in the toughest third of the UK – but we can’t upgrade the whole country alone. This latest support from government is a vital part of that process.”

Once the pledge target for the scheme is reached, residents need to ensure they then validate their vouchers with the government so that Openreach can confirm that building work can get underway.

As part of the funding conditions, residents are asked to commit to ordering a full fibre service from a provider of their choice for at least 12 months once the new network is available, and confirm that they are connected.