Watch this space for updates as we try to improve the speed of our internet in the village.
Broadband funding progress
02/11/2017: Although we still have a small gap to the target, we have signed the contract and hope to close the gap before the invoice arrives. The good news is that the village will get Superfast Broadband.
For some time we’ve been looking at the possibility of getting Superfast Broadband (fibre) in the village. Currently, the average internet speed is about 2.5Mbps but could be increased to between 60Mbps and 20Mbps depending on the distance from a proposed new cabinet positioned at the Dale View end of the village. The current cabinet is in Longnor on the Hollinsclough road and the distance between it and Earl Sterndale is the reason for the slow speeds and drops in service.
We are trying to find as many houses as possible who want Superfast Broadband and would contribute towards the set up of the cabinet. The more households, the less the contribution. If we can get 34 households to contribute, the initial outlay will be around £xxx per household (some values have been removed but contact us if you want details). If we cannot get at least 34 houses to sign up, we will not continue with the project.
Once the infrastructure is in place each household is free to choose to receive broadband from any available supplier (not just BT). Depending on which broadband supplier you choose and the packages on offer at the time additional costs such as a connection fee (up to £50) and a slight increase to monthly cost (£7) could occur. It may take time to get the cabinet installed so it is difficult to predict prices for 6 months to a year away so these may change.
The benefits this scheme will bring to households include:
- Download High Definition films in minutes not hours.
- Stream without interruption from content suppliers such as Netflix, Sky or Amazon Prime.
- Play games online without lag (one for the kids!)
- Local businesses who work online will see a real benefit.
- Greater freedom to work from home, job permitting.
- Better video messaging with family and friends near and far.
- Less drops in the service
Plus the school will benefit allowing complete access to online teaching resources, educational software and homework resources.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
To give a balanced view, it is worth looking at an article on Whathouse.com. It gives some facts and figures around house buying and faster internet connections.
The above answer was based on a vague reply from our contact. We asked for some clarity and an equally vague answer came back. I believe (reading between the lines) that the answer should be "yes, you can remain on your current contract but, no, you will not see an increase in speed". The new cabinet may not have the capability to provide ADSL (which is what we all use today). You will need to have a fibre contract before you are connected to the new cabinet and therefore will not see any change without a new contract.