What is Fastershire?

Fastershire logoFastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties, with funding from central government’s Broadband Delivery UK matched by the local authorities. The ultimate aim is that by 2018 there will be access to fast broadband for all who need it within the project area. Fibre optic cable and new cabinets have already been installed in the area which means that some Forest of Dean homes and businesses can now benefit from download speeds up to 330Mbps and upload speeds up to 30Mbps


Will I benefit from Fastershire?

Unfortunately many people who live and/or work within the Parish are connected to lines that are too distant from the nearest new cabinet to support a worthwhile fibre broadband connection. It means that many local homes and businesses continue to experience frustratingly slow broadband speeds.

What if I’ve still got a very slow or non-existent broadband service?

Fastershire aims to ensure that 100% of all premises in the Forest of Dean, including those in Staunton, are at least capable of accessing a minimum of 2Mbps. It can’t achieve this through fibre broadband in Staunton but may be able to through alternative technologies. Click here to check your broadband speed

If you have very slow (less than 2Mbps) broadband you may be eligible for a subsidised satellite solution. Click here to register now

Update on Fastershire February 2018

Fastershire has bid for funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to extend superfast broadband further. 

The project has created a number of property ‘clusters’ that could use this funding to provide faster broadband.
Residents that live in Staunton Coleford reside within one of these clusters and \are likely to benefit from this funding.  Once the funding is agreed Fastershire will seek to engage a supplier to deliver faster broadband within Staunton Coleford.  
For information about the funding, the allocation process and timescales visit
For more information about the project as a whole and to register to receive updates visit


What is the Parish Council doing?

The Parish Council continues to monitor the situation and is actively engaging with Fastershire to explore opportunities that will increase broadband speeds for people living and working within the Parish.