TVB Workshop and AGM.
“Drop in for coffee and a
biscuit or two and talk to the experts about anything
broadband.” That was the invitation
that was sent on-line to all the members of our local Tove Valley
Broadband network to attend a workshop in The Old School that
preceded our little not-for-profit company’s Annual General
they came – not only from the company’s core areas like
Wappenham and Abthorpe, but also from places further afield such
as Whittlebury, Canons Ashby and Moreton Pinkney. As the company
is aiming to ensure that some of its members receive broadband via
a fibre-optic cable directly into their premises, encouragement
was given to get them to co-operate with neighbours and take
advantage of the Government’s Gigabit Voucher Scheme that
is available to help defray the costs. In all 52 members attended
the drop-in workshop and many stayed for the ensuing AGM.
There, David Symmers the
Treasurer presented the Annual Financial Statement that showed a
healthy surplus. In answer to a question from a concerned member,
David assured everyone that our little not-for-profit company
operated entirely by unpaid volunteers, is exempt from paying tax.
The Directors each reported on
their area of responsibility – Keith Fenwick on Operations;
Richard Tomalin on Communications, Phil Berry on Publicity and
Peter Watkins on Network Systems.
Eric Malcomson the Chairman in
his report stated that the company now had 658 members. He thanked
all the volunteers who continually work hard to keep the network
going and for dealing with problems with very little delay.
Currently the 1,000Mbps connection is using about 90% of its
capacity reflecting increasing use of the Internet for
streaming TV and films. As a result the company’s team has
already looked into installing additional links to the Internet
and is planning its installation after the end of the financial
Eric was pleased to report
that all loans have now been repaid. This milestone in the
company’s progress signals the end of his time as Chairman and
the Board of Directors will shortly appoint someone else who will
steer the company into the next phase of its development.
Our local area owes Eric a
great debt of gratitude. Back in 2003 when it all started he had
the vision, enthusiasm, tenacity and persuasive powers to ensure
that TVB was a huge success. Thank you to a true broadband