14th December 2017

Dear Sir or Madam,

Broadband Satellite Option

You will recall that in November we sent you a message saying that unless there were a last-minute change of political will, or some other initiative, we would have to look at ways of winding up GPA. Unfortunately no such miracle has occurred, and having exhausted all ways of moving forward and been thwarted by the Public Sector at every turn we have reached the end of the road. We are taking legal advice, and when we know more about the necessary procedure for winding up GPA we will proceed.

The purpose of this message is to remind you that there is still an opportunity for some to apply for a subsidy for a satellite dish connection, but the scheme expires on 31st December 2017. You need to apply by this date, but the actual installation can be next year. You are eligible if your current speed is below 2Mb/s.

Satellite is not the best technical solution, and it can be expensive if you are downloading a lot of data or streaming video. Taking out a broadband service under this scheme will not prevent your premises from being considered for superfast broadband in the future. You can find out more here.

There are several suppliers. GPA is unable to make any particular recommendations, but one firm of which we have heard good reports is 'NotSpot'. They have shown themselves willing to come to Mull to install satellite dishes, but this should not be taken as an endorsement. You might be able to negotiate a discount if you can team up with neighbours so that several can be done at once.

The directors of GPA greatly regret that all the early promises and subsequent effort have come to nothing. It has not been for want of trying on our part.

We wish you a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Moray Finch
Chairman, GigaPlus Argyll