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Hello, I want to know which company will roll out the fastest to our city (Rustenburg) and how many sign-ups they need.
The best way to get fibre to your area is to run an open RFP (request for proposal) process. Create a website (I suggest rustenburgfibre.co.za, you can copy any and all information form the lynnwood Fibre website). Create a facebook page and run a facebook add in your area to get some likes. Create a survey for people to complete (you can again copy the LFI survey) but keep it simple. Focus on email addresses, a yes I want fibre question, and their location. Lastly (and most important and time consuming) interface with your community. Get an article in your local newspaper, ask the ward councillors to e-mail everyone on their ward distribution list (they will be hesitant, but it works if you can explain the idea and benefits to them to them, that you are a private individual wanting to improve your area, and if you can show some existing survey results i.e. 50 people completed the survey so far and 49 said yes!). Also try the other community organizations, community security, residents associations, etc. Anything with an existing communication network in your area. You can also try and distribute flyers but this is expensive, and you need someone with a marketing degree to help you out here. Another idea that I have not tried is to get a group of people, print them all t-shirts with the rustenburg fibre logo, and go door to door asking for signups (either on paper with a shortened version of the questionnaire or on-line via a tablet that you carry). Rmember e-mails, a yes or no to I want fibre question, and an address. Brute force but effective.
We managed to get 7 proposals within 2 months this way. Now Frogfoot will connect more than 22k homes in the east of Pretoria / Tshwane in the next 18 months.
Best of luck!
I will defiantely set up a website because I have been learning web design and development for quite a while now. Also FB pages. I am just shy/scared to go out to the community and tell them. They are "behind on technology" and won't know what I'm talking about
The community is actually responding very well... I don't think I will need a website, I can update the facebook page regularly for info. I will get flyers out in this vacation!