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Membership of GigaPlus Argyll

About Membership

Invitation to apply for membership of GigaPlus Argyll

GigaPlus Argyll has been established to facilitate the supply of next generation broadband services to the islands of Lismore, Iona, Luing, and Colonsay, parts of Mull, Islay and Jura, and to the Craignish peninsula – all communities which will not be reached by the current BT Openreach roll-out of its superfast fibre programme.

GigaPlus Argyll was registered in December 2014, under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, as a Community Benefit Society (registered no. 7050). It obtained public funding through Community Broadband Scotland and entered a contract with AB Internet to build and operate a wireless network which will deliver download speeds of at least 24Mbps to customers throughout its operational area. GigaPlus Argyll constitutes the governing body responsible, on behalf of all the communities to be served, for ensuring the complete network and subsequent broadband services are delivered to the specified standard.

GigaPlus Argyll is democratically controlled by its members and membership is open to all adults who support the Society’s objects and who are resident in Argyll and Bute. Membership is also available to corporate bodies and others which have their main place of business in Argyll and Bute. More details of membership and an application form can be found here.

We encourage applications for membership from all who support this community initiative and who wish to play a part in its operation and development.

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Membership Rules (short)

Information about Gigaplus Argyll membership

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What is GigaPlus Argyll?

GigaPlus Argyll is registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 as a Community Benefit Society (registered no. 7050)

Objects of GigaPlus Argyll

The objects of the Society are to carry on any business for the benefit of the community by advancing community development in Argyll and Bute through the provision of Broadband services, telecommunication services and internet service provision, and related support, to the residents and businesses within and visitors to Argyll and Bute.

Membership of GigaPlus Argyll

GigaPlus Argyll is democratically controlled by its members on the basis of one member, one vote. Members have the important role, at each annual general meeting, of electing from amongst their number those to serve on the Board of Directors, who have the responsibility for managing the business of the Society.

Application for membership is open to all individuals, aged 16 years and over, whose primary residence is located in Argyll and Bute, and any corporate body or nominee of an unincorporated body, firm or partnership which has its main place of business in Argyll and Bute, who supports the objects of the Society and who has paid or agreed to pay any subscription or other sum due in respect of membership for the time being in force.

Completed applications will be submitted to the Board for approval at the earliest opportunity.

Member commitment

All members agree to participate in general meetings and take an active interest in the operation and development of the Society and its business. Members have a duty to respect the confidential nature of the business decisions of the Society.

Shares in the Society

All members must hold at least one share (nominal value £1). Until further notice there is no need for each member to hold more than one share.

Shares are withdrawable in accordance with the Society’s rules but shall be non-transferable except (a) on death or bankruptcy or (b) in the case of an unincorporated organisation or partnership, on a change of nominee(s) and only to the new nominee(s).

The purchase of the minimum holding of one share will be deducted from the initial annual subscription paid by all those admitted to membership.

Until further notice the Society does not expect to pay any interest or dividends upon shares.

Annual subscription

Members shall pay on joining and on 01 June in each year thereafter an annual subscription, which until further notice is fixed at £5.00.

Rules of the Society

A full copy of the Rules of the Society can be seen here.

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