Broadband Internet and Telecoms

Superfast Broadband – SW Region has worst availability – Somerton & Frome comes 621 of 632

Broadband Speeds and Superfast Availability:

Detailed Region and Constituency Level Data

 

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06643/fixed-broadband-policy-and-speeds

 

The following tables and maps are based House of Commons Library analysis of detailed postcode-level data published by Ofcom in December 2014. 50

 

As The Table shows, broadband speeds and superfast broadband availability are higher in England than in Scotland or Wales. ‘Superfast’ here uses the European definition: at least 30 Mb/s. Table A: Average Fixed Broadband Speeds and Superfast Availability, 2014 GB Countries and English Regions Outside of London, the highest English broadband speeds are found in the South East and the West Midlands. Speeds in the South West are the lowest in England and are only slightly higher than those in Scotland.

 

Country                                     % Superfast Speed           Mb/s

England                                          78%                              24.1

Scotland                                     62%                              21.3

Wales                                        57%                              18.2

 

English Region                           % Superfast Speed           Mb/s

East Midlands                             73%                              23.3

East of England                           73%                              23.9

London                                      90%                              27.3

North East                                  80%                              24.1

North West                                 81%                              24.0

South East                                 79%                              24.7

South West                                66%                              21.5                  WORST Availability

West Midlands                            80%                              24.5

Yorkshire and The Humber            72%                              21.7

 

Superfast                     Mb/s Average               Slow Connection

                                                >24Mbp/s              Down load

Constituency      % Available        Rank          Speed    Rank                 % Slow     Rev Rank

Somerton and Frome        28%      621/632         14.5      557/632                10%      91/632

http://www.middevonstar.co.uk/news/national/11846367.Broadband_speeds__postcode_lottery_/

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Slow-internet-costs-SOuth-West-firms-928m-lost/story-26217031-detail/story.html

CDS have now been awarded another £22.75M of public money, which needs to be matched £1 for £1 from local sources to extend coverage into the grey areas from 2017 onwards. This is the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP). There is very little information from CDS as to how this additional investment may be spent at present, but it is known that it will provide fast broadband to no more than one half of those areas now colour coded in grey, at some unspecified time after 2017  (relevent to 01458 44… numbers).

Plans Get Underway for Second Stage (SEP or Phase 2)

of Superfast Broadband Roll Out

Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) has announced that it will be publishing the tender for the second stage of the superfast broadband programme across the region by early February.

The announcement comes as the current programme gathers significant momentum with over 400 cabinets and nearly 100,000 homes and businesses connected to fibre.  In addition, some 2,500 individuals and businesses have attended events as part of the Get up to Speed programme, which is designed to help them get the most out of faster broadband.

Connecting Devon and Somerset will be using the Government’s national procurement framework for its delivery partner for most of the area. However, the CDS partnership is keen to open up this second stage to other potential providers. It will therefore be running an open procurement process in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks allowing bids from other suppliers.  The Parks represent some of the most challenging terrain for connecting remote rural communities to superfast broadband. Two areas in Exmoor are already being connected with the support of CDS by an innovative Yeovil-based firm, using a combination of satellite and wifi technology.

The second stage of the roll out will involve an investment of at least £38m – the largest amount of any superfast broadband project in the UK which was secured by CDS and its partners in August 2014. This funding will be spent on increasing superfast coverage and CDS are on track to reach their ambition of 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2020.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, said: “The current programme is very much on schedule and it’s great to hear the positive feedback we are receiving from households and businesses, who are already seeing the benefits of faster broadband speeds.

“Whilst we will be using the Government’s national procurement framework agreement for the tender process to continue the momentum of the roll out to date, we will also be opening it up to bids from other suppliers for the National Park areas. The National Park areas will require an innovative approach due to their remoteness and therefore we believe it is appropriate to extend this part of the tender to other suppliers so that we can see what’s out there in the marketplace and ensure we come up with the best solutions possible for our available funding.”

Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, added: “The roll out of the superfast broadband infrastructure across our region has made excellent progress despite being one of most challenging terrains in the country and the largest geography of any such programme nationally.

“The tender marks a significant step in achieving our ultimate goal of 100% superfast broadband coverage across the area by 2020. Also this stage of the roll out will put a strong focus on the business community, including homeworkers, courtesy of funding from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, eventually helping to provide a predicted three quarters of a billion pound economic boost to the region.

“We recognise that there is still a long way to go to rolling out the complete programme but we firmly believe the procurement approach we are taking with the second stage tender will ensure we remain on course and provide best value to communities at the same time.”

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), part of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and responsible for delivering superfast broadband in the UK, has recently launched a multi-channel marketing campaign to raise awareness, highlight the benefits and support take up.

 

http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/south-west/121115-?utm_source=southwest_newsletter&utm_medium=business_article&utm_campaign=southwest_news_tracker

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Broadband-market-hopes-dashed-BT-refused-join-bid/story-25990575-detail/story.html

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Calls-market-watchdog-investigate-broadband/story-26032197-detail/story.html

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/WMN-Opinion-Big-question-marks-BT-8217-s/story-26032182-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_westernmorningnews

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Opinion-Rural-areas-missed-broadband-programme/story-26161523-detail/story.html

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/WMN-Letters-Huge-investment-super-fast-broadband/story-26129737-detail/story.html

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Special-measures-broadband-16/story-26201608-detail/story.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/11467326/BT-faces-battle-for-control-of-broadband-network.html

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/98618166-cf31-11e4-b761-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=uk#axzz3VD4UaDWG

http://theconversation.com/a-promised-right-to-fast-internet-rings-hollow-for-millions-stuck-with-20th-century-speeds-39153

http://www.computerweekly.com/feature/Broadband-is-a-question-of-economics-and-risk-says-BTs-Bill-Murphy

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/bt-rapped-over-broadband-dates-230146043.html#N8OrUKT

 https://www.cable.co.uk/news/government-to-subsidise-satellite-broadband-for-rural-residents-700000532/

Superfast Broadband in Compton Dundon Update Jan 2015

BT has completed its program for the roll out of ‘commercially viable superfast broadband’ which has brought great benefits to some.

Contrary to offers like those on the comparison websites postcode checkers this has not brought superfast broadband to Compton Dundon as those who have tried to join the service have found out. BT has completed  its programme of investment  in the roll out of the superfast service in ‘non intervention areas’ like  the Street exchange area.

 

http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/where-when/

 

The Connecting Devon and Somerset Website is no longer saying “Coming soon” instead it says

 

“TA116PS (Compton Street)

According to our records your area is either currently, or planned to be, commercially covered by a private service provider. As such we are not allowed to invest in your area under European Commission State Aid regulations. You are not part of our programme and will need to contact an internet service provider (ISP) to find out about the current status/plans for your area.”

For those residents in Compton Dundon with an 01458 44…telephone number, this means  that subscribers may not receive a superfast broadband  service from any internet service provider via landline before 2020 unless:-

They are included in the Superfast Extension Program (SEP)

or

They are prepared to share or contribute to the cost of upgrading the BT cabinet themselves utilizing a Gap funding scheme (see more below).

 

For those residents in Compton Dundon with an 01458 27…telephone number the Connecting Devon and Somerset Website says

 

 

“TA116NZ

Your postcode and cabinet are still to be evaluated by Connecting Devon and Somerset. Your exchange is within the programme. However, decisions on which cabinets get upgraded off the exchange will depend on the outcomes of pending detailed surveying.

Estimate date range for surveys of TA116NZ –         Oct 2015 – Mar 2016”

or

if Subscribers are prepared to share or contribute to the cost of upgrading the BT cabinet themselves utilizing a Gap funding scheme.

 

The contract between BT and Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) requires BT to commit further investment if the take up of the superfast service exceeds 20% in all areas of Devon and Somerset.  So encourage subscribers to obtain a superfast package from any internet service provider in a ‘live” area (green or grey on map below) to ensure BT has to pay out for more super fast investment.

Because of this, the advertising campaign by the Department of Culture media and Sport for superfast broadband may not be a complete waste of money See

http://gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk/

“Superfast broadband options for COMPTON STREET, TA11 6PS:

It looks like superfast broadband may not be available in your area yet, but it could be coming to you soon through Government and local authority investment.”

As TA116PS is a ‘commercially viable’ post code it would be nice to know what this Government and local authority investment was and where it can be obtained.

 

 

Gap Funding Possibilities

 

Here the cost of superfast roll out is shared between Openreach and a group of subscribers (perhaps represented by the parish council) in a village or part of a village outside the above schemes. A bespoke engineering solution is planned and costed by Openreach which can vary between £12k and £25k per cabinet one off cost, providing open access via any internet service provider (ISP) but remaining the property of Openreach.

E.g. 20 users sharing a £12000 cost is £600 each! A 50% payment is made on commencement of the works with the balance paid on completion after about a 12 month process. 10 or 12 such programs have or are currently taking place in the South West. The danger here is that in order to gain certainty of time scale subscribers have to spend out and miss out on the other sources of funding. It is not possible to have competitive tendering as only Openreach may quote!

 

BT is primarily motivated by the number and proportion of customers in an area who intend to take up the superfast service in order to get a return on their investment. Clearly this demand will rise given time but BT wants a rapid return on investment. BT has requested that  all those with an 01458 44 & 27 telephone numbers who are interested in upgrading to a  superfast broadband service advise the parish council soon so the number of interested subscribers can be quantified,  

by sending their landline telephone number, via an email to 

 

hughthomascdpc@gmail.com

 

This is not a commitment to subscribe to the service but an expression of interest.

As of the 3rd of February, BT and CDS have been advised of 52  subscribers interested in a superfast service from within the Parish   ( 24 X 01458 44…..  and  28 X 01458 27….. so far).

 

When BT has advised the  Parish Council, we will inform residents in Compton Dundon with an 01458 44…telephone number the minimum number of residents necessary to commit to make a Gap scheme viable and the size of the necessary contribution per subscriber or in total, if there is adequate interest

 

Broadband Speeds and Superfast Availability: Detailed Region and Constituency Level Data

 

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06643/fixed-broadband-policy-and-speeds

 

The following tables and maps are based House of Commons Library analysis of detailed postcode-level data published by Ofcom in December 2014. 50

 

As The Table shows, broadband speeds and superfast broadband availability are higher in England than in Scotland or Wales. ‘Superfast’ here uses the European definition: at least 30 Mb/s. Table A: Average Fixed Broadband Speeds and Superfast Availability, 2014 GB Countries and English Regions Outside of London, the highest English broadband speeds are found in the South East and the West Midlands. Speeds in the South West are the lowest in England and are only slightly higher than those in Scotland.

 

Country                               % Superfast Speed           Mb/s

England                                      78%                              24.1

Scotland                                     62%                              21.3

Wales                                        57%                              18.2

 

English Region                           % Superfast Speed           Mb/s

East Midlands                                    73%                              23.3

East of England                                73%                              23.9

London                                             90%                              27.3

North East                                        80%                              24.1

North West                                       81%                              24.0

South East                                      79%                              24.7

South West                                     66%                              21.5                  WORST Availability

West Midlands                                80%                              24.5

Yorkshire and The Humber            72%                              21.7

 

Superfast              Mb/s Average                 Slow Connection

                                                >24Mbp/s               Down load

Constituency          % Available     Rank            Speed    Rank         % Slow      Rev Rank 

Somerton and Frome        28%      621/632           14.5      557/632           10%      91/632

 

 

Briefing on Superfast Broadband coverage

for Compton Dundon (CD)

At County Hall Taunton on 12th of January  2015 at 4pm

 

 

Present

 

David Hall      Somerset County Councillor – Deputy Leader of Council

Cabinet Member Business Inward Investment & Policy

Representing BDUK Connecting Devon and Somerset Program                     DHall@somerset.gov.uk

http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/council/member.asp?member_id=154

 

 

Nathaniel Lucas         SCC Economic Development Officer

on Connecting Devon and Somerset Program

nmlucas@somerset.gov.uk

http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/where-when/

 

 

 

 

Paul Coles                 South West Regional Manager      BT Group

paul.3.coles@bt.com

 

 

Laurent Boon             BT Program Director for Connecting Devon and Somerset

laurent.boon@bt.com

 

 

 

Hugh Thomas                        Compton Dundon and Littleton Parish Councillor

01458 27……. Fixed Line User

hughthomascdpc@gmail.com

 

Ian Dillamore             Resident of Compton Dundon

01458 44……. Fixed Line User

iandillamore@gmail.com

 

 

 

1. Background

 

Paul Coles gave a brief summary of BT’s involvement and progress in determining where and when superfast broadband (SFBB) is being rolled out within Devon and Somerset. The government is committed to a universal roll out of superfast broadband by 2020.

 

BT has no universal service or minimum speed obligation to provide broadband services so feels that the commitment to provide a basic 2Mbps for all by January 2016 is the Governments alone.

BT decided in 2010 to invest £2.5B in ‘fibre’ broadband in the UK, in the 2/3  of premises  where a ‘commercial roll out’  was viable over five years, now virtually completed. There are about 18 million total number of premises across the UK, There was not a commercial model that justified investment for the final third.

 

The 5000 exchanges across the country were examined to identify those that are commercially viable to upgrade, that is, have a high density of premises in close proximity. Each distribution cabinet connected to that exchange was then evaluated against the same criteria. There are about 90 thousand cabinets in the UK. So not all exchanges and not all cabinets are commercially viable unless it can be demonstrated that there is a beneficial impact resulting from the number of premises within 1.2 km of the cabinet.

At longer average distances between the premises and the cabinet, the potential improved speed resulting from the fibre cabinet and the cost/benefit is reduced.

 

The commercial viability is determined by BT (and by Local Councils for intervention areas), taking regard of number of properties,  possible impact on businesses and the local community, together with an assessment of likely uptake of SFBB. The  BDUK  and Connecting Devon and Somerset programme target is to have 90% of premises  covered by end of 2016 by funding the roll out to the areas which are not commercially viable called an ‘intervention areas’. BT is investing about £700M in intervention areas across the UK.

 

BT’s definition of SFBB is to provide download speed of 24Mbps, compared to the European definition of SFBB, which is 30Mbps. Compton Dundon is split between premises supplied by Somerton Exchange, with prefix 27 numbers, and Street Exchange with prefixes 44 via cabinet Street 6 . Those with the 27 numbers connected via the Somerton exchange and Somerton 5 cabinet will be included in the initial assessment of CDS, and survey is planned to start between Oct 2015 March 2016 and  could take 3 months.

 

CDS’s original program consists of 11 nine month phases (adds up to eight and a quarter years  from 2010 ?) each starting with a surveying and planning phase which proceeds with implementation with the CDS website updated from “Under evaluation” blue to “Coming soon” brown 3 to 4 months prior to going live when “Live” green is posted on the maps postcode area.

See http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/where-when/

 

 

For areas of the parish like Street Road, Somerton Road, Ham Lane, Compton Street, and also Littleton  which is outside the CDS program because it does not have a cabinet and the connections may be connected via “exchange only lines” (LB requires example phone numbers in the area to investigate). Here as with other subscribers within the parish, alternative solutions may be provided by CDS under the superfast extension program (SEP) commencing with the appointment of a provider in spring 2015 where the Government has provided another £22.75m to take the service up to 95% of premises ( though CDS is committed to pushing the %age higher) in 2017.

You can find out which cabinet (or none) connects you here

http://dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLChecker.TelephoneNumberOutput

 

Fibre service to Compton Dundon School (now closed)

PC This was probably a leased line going direct to the exchange (Somerton?).

Not suitable for Superfast distribution but may be able to be incorporated into a gap  funded scheme subject to ducts etc. Actual details could be clarified given the circuit number or related phone number.

 

 

Gap Funding Possibilities

 

Here the cost of superfast roll out is shared between Openreach and a group of subscribers (perhaps represented by the parish council) in a village or part of a village outside the above schemes. A bespoke engineering solution is planned and costed by Openreach which can vary between £12k and £25k per cabinet one off cost, providing open access via any internet service provider (ISP) but remaining the property of Openreach.  A 50% payment is made on commencement of the works with the balance paid on completion after about a 12 month process. 10 or 12 such programs have or are currently taking place in the South West. The danger here is that in order to gain certainty of time scale subscribers have to spend out and miss out on the other sources of funding. It is not possible to have competitive tendering as only Openreach may quote!

 

Other future possibilities

Wireless including 4G & 5G mobile technologies and satellite solutions

 

2.  However, ID pointed out with regard to telephone numbers with the 44 prefix, these have NOT been included in the CDS programme, and we have been bounced between BT, Openreach and CDS for answers as to what plans does our ISP ( i.e.BT), have for developing SFBB to us. LB confirmed that we are connected to the Street exchange, box 6, which has fibre connection. PC apologised and indicated that he had delayed Openreach answering by e-mail regarding a gap funded solution, as he wanted the opportunity to meet face to face and discuss possible options.

 

3. PC indicated that the next tranche of funding for £38 million has been agreed, and this will be used to launch Phase 2 of the CDS programme (SEP) to take the coverage from 90% to >95% of premises.  He indicated that BT would be adding additional funding to meet a clause added to their agreement with CDS, provided there was a take up of more that 20% ( to SFBB). Under these circumstances, it was POSSIBLE that the CD 44 area, could be included within this development. Timing on plans are still being worked out, but NL indicated that plans should be known by Spring this year. However, it is planned that Phase 2 will be complete by end of 2017. Hence, IF CD 44 numbers are included ( and everyone seemed to think this was likely), then 44 numbers could be receiving SFBB by the end of 2017.

 

4. If residents within the 44 area felt that under these circumstances, it was not advantageous to wait until the Spring of 2015 to find out if they have been included in the next Phase, and also that end of 2017 was too long to wait anyway, then there was another option to consider which PC explained would require funding from Openreach, together with some funding from residents ( Called GAP funding). ID pointed out that residents could not be asked to comment on this until fundamental questions had been resolved :

a) How much would it cost? What would residents be asked to fund?

b) When would it be completed?

c) What Download speed could residents expect?

 

PC  asked for about 15 to 20 telephone numbers (for engineering purposes) of residents using the 01458 44… prefix to be forwarded to him. He would then arrange for an Openreach engineer to survey the area, and he could provide an estimate  to answer these questions. He pointed out that since each area has its own logistical and technical difficulties, it has to be surveyed and dealt with separately . If we HT/ID provide the telephone numbers, PC will arrange. E.g. 20 users sharing a £12000 cost is £600 each!

 

5. PC gave a brief synopsis of some of the developments currently being trailed by BT, in conjunction with other Companies, which look to have very promising results for future delivery of very High Speed Broadband . One of these was development of small copper based delivery systems, which could be placed on existing telegraph poles and be capable of delivering speeds of up to 600Mbps, within a distance of 100 metres!! ID asked if CD could be used to trial it!!

 

6. Finally, ID asked if BT and CDS could review their communications and ensure that information is available to the general public in a timely and effective manner. It would be useful for ONE source to be nominated to have responsibility for this, so that if any member of the public needs to know the latest development, they can contact this one source for the information. It is appreciated that the whole programme is a complex and moving project, but this is even more reason to control communications accurately.

 

Note regarding misinformation

 

We were advised by the CDS team in the meeting that it was extremely rare for a postcode to be classed on the CDS website as “Coming soon”  progressing within months to being “Out of the Program”.

 

This contradicts our experience in Compton Dundon.

Following the update of the CDS website on 30th of July the information for  postcode TA11  6PS reported the superfast service as “Coming soon”.

 

The parish council followed the advice from CDS on the parish website.

” Please also continue to support the programme by encouraging constituents in areas that are live to take up a superfast broadband service and drive take-up across the programme area.

 

Please advise your businesses and residents that improvements to their broadband speeds will not happen automatically. When an area becomes ready for service, businesses and residents will need to purchase a superfast broadband package from their internet service provider. In many areas that are live, the service is being offered by a range of different providers, so please encourage constituents to shop around and get the best deal.”

 

Parishioners continue to shop around and receive offers of SFBB from price comparison websites that thrive on commissions for referral and churn so are motivated to propagate misinformation.

 

 

More recently the information on the CDS website for  postcode TA11  6PS reported the superfast service as

 

“TA116PS (Compton Street)

According to our records your area is either currently, or planned to be, commercially covered by a private service provider. As such we are not allowed to invest in your area under European Commission State Aid regulations. You are not part of our programme and will need to contact an internet service provider (ISP) to find out about the current status/plans for your area.”

http://gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk/ says

“Superfast broadband options for COMPTON STREET, TA11 6PS:

It looks like superfast broadband may not be available in your area yet, but it could be coming to you soon through Government and local authority investment.”

As TA116PS is a ‘non intervention area or commercially viable’ post code can the team advise us what this Government and local authority investment is and where it can be obtained. Is it the SEP or something else?

Uswitch Broadband postcode checker – link is totally misleading

http://www.uswitch.com/broadband/postcode_checker/?postcode_deals=TA11+6PS

Confused? I know I am – So now “Out of the programme”

What is to be done to reduce misinformation to the public?

For those residents in Compton Dundon with an 01458 44…telephone number, this means  that subscribers will not receive a SFBB service before 2020 from any internet service provider via landline  under the original CDS program but they may be included in the SEP or via GAP funding.

 

In mitigation for the misinformation the team explained that the implementation of the program was highly complex.

 

7. ID and HT thanked everyone  for their contributions and for their time in explaining how CD is being handled.
Conclusions

 

The government is committed to a universal roll out of superfast broadband by 2020 and to provide a basic 2Mbps service for all by January 2016. The Government DCMS is currently running a large advertising programme saying “Now’s the time for superfast broadband”

 

 

BT has no universal service or minimum speed obligation when providing broadband services. BT has completed  its programme of investment  in the roll out of the SFBB service in ‘non intervention areas’ like  the Street exchange area. BT is contracted to contribute to greater SFBB roll out when take up of the service reaches 20% of premises.

 

 

For 01458 44 ….numbers the superfast broadband service will be

Delivered by 2020 or

may be delivered by 2017 if covered by the CDS SEP

or by gap funding with Openreach if subscibers are interested in contributing

 

For 01458 27….numbers the superfast broadband service will be

Delivered by 2020 or

may be delivered subject to a survey commencing in 2015/16

covered by the CDS original program by 2017

or by gap funding with Openreach if subscibers are interested in contributing

 

 


Agreed actions

 

HT to provide PC  with about 15 to 20 telephone numbers (for engineering purposes) of subscribers using the 01458 44… numbers interested in SFBB.

 

HT to provide LB numbers for Littleton subscribers

e.g. 01458 270086, 273943, 272741, 272430, 273520, 274074

HT to provide PC with Compton Dundon School numbers

it was Compton Dundon CofE VC Primary School       School Lane, Compton Dundon, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6TE

Telephone: 01458 272766 Fax: 01458 272388

 

HT & ID identify 01458 44… number subscribers interested in SFBB

 

PC to provide HT with cost indication for Gap funding of a cabinet in CD for :- subscribers using the 01458 44… numbers.

subscribers using the 01458 27… numbers

 

PC to provide ID & HT with guidance links for subscribers for fault diagnosis   and reporting

 

NL to advise HT if CD 01458 44 ….numbers will be in the SEP when known

 

 

Links

 

http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/where-when/

 

https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk

 

http://gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/superfast-broadband-extension-programme

http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/rural-broadband/

http://www.enta.net/opinion/2010/11/09/what-exactly-is-superfast-broadband/

 

HOUSE OF LORDS Select Committee on Digital Skills Report of Session 2014–15

Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldselect/lddigital/111/111.pdf

 

 

 

 

South Somerset and East Devon DC’s report on poor transparency on CDS program

http://issuu.com/gglong/docs/broadband_taff_final_report_161014/1 

 

MPs criticise slow broadband rollout

http://www.rsnonline.org.uk/services/mps-criticise-slow-broadband-rollout

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

 

Select Committee Announcement

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmenvfru/834/83402.htm

Tuesday 3 February 2015

 

HARDEST-TO-REACH MUST NOT BE LEFT OFFLINE

 

Government plans to transform UK broadband must not leave rural farms, businesses and homes offline or on slow connections, MPs have warned. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee fears hard-to-reach rural communities are being overlooked in the race to upgrade basic broadband to superfast for 95% of the country’s premises by 2017.

 

Said Committee Chair Anne McIntosh MP:

 

“People living in the hard-to-reach 5% of premises need the same access as the rest to online and digital services. 

 

There is a risk in the current approach that improving service for those who already have it will leave even further behind the rural farms, businesses and homes who have little or none.”

 

In their report, Rural broadband and digital-only services, MPs raise fears that a focus on improving access for most of the country may leave a minority with little or no ability to use key government services switching to online-only or mainly online delivery.

 

The Government plans to transform broadband require 95% of premises to have superfast speeds of 24 Megabits per second by 2017 then, although BT told the Committee that that target might slip into 2018.

 

Miss McIntosh added: “The Government has committed to providing universal basic broadband coverage and superfast broadband coverage for 95% of premises by 2017.

 

We are concerned that the current broadband rollout targets are based on inaccurate assumptions that universal basic broadband coverage has largely been achieved when the reality is that many rural communities are still struggling with no access, or slow broadband speeds.

 

There is a fear that upgrading the majority who already have access to basic broadband is creating an even bigger gap between those with and those completely without broadband access.”

 

Broadband delivery

 

Speed and delivery are vital components of the broadband rollout plan. The majority of broadband available in the UK is currently delivered by fixed-line methods, requiring a physical cable between premises and street cabinets. The most popular delivery method being Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). FTTC can present two main problems. Firstly; the further you are from the cabinet, the slower the broadband your premise received; and, secondly there remain some premises where the infrastructure simply cannot reach.

 

Miss McIntosh recommended: “Alongside the continued investigation into alternative broadband delivery methods, subsidised access to Satellite broadband for those who are unable to access fixed-line broadband or broadband of basic speeds.”

 

As the basic and superfast broadband is rolled out, the minimum speed committed to by the Government is 2 Megabits per second. The Committee strongly recommends that this speed is too low, must be reassessed and a new minimum speed identified.

 

Miss McIntosh said: “The Universal Service Commitment of 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) is already outdated. This is a minimum speed commitment to the public and it must reflect modern technological demands, it is not high enough; 10 Mbps is a more suitable target. Further, it should be regularly reviewed to ensure the UK does not slip behind other European countries.”

 

Digital-only services

 

From 1 January 2015 all CAP funding applications must be made online-only. This is part of a wider Government policy for services to become ‘digital by default’.

 

Miss McIntosh said: “Farmers are key drivers of the rural economy, ensuring that all farmers are able to access the new online-only CAP applications later this year is absolutely vital. The new CAP represents a change in the system and delivery. Defra and the RPA must draw on lessons learnt in the past to minimise the risk of further disallowance and also ensure that all farmers have adequate access to the system.”

 

Rural broadband policy

 

It has become evident during the course of the inquiry that poor broadband coverage is not only an issue in remote, rural areas. Premises in developed, urban areas can face the same issues if they are located a long distance from their local street cabinet.

 

Miss McIntosh said: “We recognise that poor broadband access is not exclusively a rural issue. The Government’s ‘Innovation Fund’ is the first step towards providing broadband to the final premises without access, whether they are in rural or urban areas.”

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

 

Committee Membership is as follows:  Miss Anne McIntosh (Chair), Richard Drax, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mrs Mary Glindon, Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck, Iain McKenzie, Sheryll Murray, Neil Parish, Ms Margaret Ritchie, Mr Mark Spencer, Roger Williams

 

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Media Information: Nick Davies daviesnick@parliament.uk 020 7219 3297 / Rosie Tate tater@parliament.uk 020 7219 5012

 

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Update July 2014

Connecting Devon and Somerset have issued an updated Website with new mapping.

This appears to show the following for the ‘Superfast Service’ in the parish:

That for those with ’44’  at the front of  their telephone number  is “Coming Soon”

shown brown on the map – see also http://comptondundon.com/?p=3470

That for those with ’27’  at the front of  their telephone number  is “Under Evaluation”

shown blue on the map. This is  a serious concern that the  surveying is not programmed to  start in Dundon for  another year (Oct 2015 – March 2016) indicating  the improbability of meeting the promise of a universal minimum 2Mb/s broadband service in 2016.

Our parishioners in Littleton shown grey on the map will no doubt be disappointed to learn that despite over £50M of public money being proposed to be spent and with a BT duct containing fibre networks passing within yards of their doors on the B3151 they appear to be “Out of the Programme” for Connecting Devon and Somerset

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see http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/where-when/

Members Briefing from    Connecting Devon and Somerset                           July 30th 2014

Progress update: 

Latest announcement: CDS launched its new website on Wednesday 30th July. The programme has reached a point in the roll out where it is able to share more detailed and wider ranging information than we have been able to until now. The new website is easier to navigate with more features including a zoomable base map that will make it far simpler for residents and businesses to find detailed information that is relevant to them. The CDS website address remains the same www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk.

Key features:

  • The map and website are now compatible with the majority of tablets and smartphones and both are faster loading across all platforms.

  • There is now only one map, which displays all current roll out information to 7 digit postcode level. It combines the 3 maps on the previous website and displays more detailed information.

  • The new map includes the locations of the ‘final 10%’ – premises that will not be able to access superfast broadband by the end of 2016*- to 7 digit postcode level.

  • The new map includes estimated survey dates for all areas under evaluation to 7 digit postcode level.

  • Using 7 digit postcode level information means that the information we supply is more detailed than the earlier map’s ‘exchange level’ data, where an exchange was marked as live as soon as the first cabinet was enabled. This led to some understandable confusion when not all cabinets at the same exchange were enabled at the same time.

*CDS has submitted a full funding application to BDUK’s Superfast Extension Programme (SEP). Should this be successful then the CDS partners aim to reach 95% of premises by the end of 2017.

Please advise your businesses and residents that improvements to their broadband speeds will not happen automatically. When an area becomes ready for service, businesses and residents will need to purchase a superfast broadband package from their internet service provider. In many areas that are live, the service is being offered by a range of different providers, so please encourage constituents to shop around and get the best deal.

 

Please also continue to support the programme by encouraging constituents in areas that are live to take up a superfast broadband service and drive take-up across the programme area.

 

We are also keen to develop case studies of businesses, home workers and families who are taking up the new service.  If you hear of anyone in your constituency who would make a good case study and would be willing to take part, please put them in touch with Sofie Francis (see below).

For further information please contact Connecting Devon and Somerset: broadband@devon.gov.uk or visit www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

 

Where & When Map Considerations

Please note the following in regards to the map data

Timescales and plans may change

The map and related messaging are only a guide. They should not be viewed as a definitive answer to current or future broadband coverage:

  • Survey dates are only estimates. Programme wide factors may stand to impact on survey dates causing shifts (either forwards or backwards) in relation to the programme’s schedule.
  • Survey dates are not necessarily an indication of proximity to upgrade. Surveying in one area could happen far in advance of the area going live.
  • Just because an area is down to be surveyed does not necessarily mean it will be upgraded. The engineering, logistical and technical issues found during surveying will inform which cabinets get enabled off an exchange.
  • We have applied for additional funding from central government and other sources. If successful with our bids, such funding will go towards increasing superfast coverage beyond our current 90% superfast target. As such this may lead to premises, currently listed as out of the programme (grey), being included through programme extensions in the future. Note however that the timescale for any such extension will probably be beyond the end of 2016.

The map provides postcode, not premise level information

Not all premises within a postcode marked as live may be able to access a fibre service. This is because:

  • There may be more than one cabinet serving a postcode. Not all cabinets serving a postcode may be enabled by the programme (either at the same time, or at all by the end of 2016):

– You will need to contact an internet service provider to determine which cabinet you are connected to.

– We list the cabinet/s related to each live, or soon to be live, postcode on our map page.

– For any partially enabled postcode that is marked as live on our map. If we intend to conduct further surveying for the other areas of the postcode that arn’t yet enabled, we will display the related survey window for such work on our map page. However, the results of this additional surveying will ultimatley determine if additional cabinets serving the postcode are upgraded at a later point in the programme.

  • Factors such as copper line distance from the cabinet, or copper line quality, may mean that a fibre service in the form of an uplift in speed or a superfast (24Mbps+) connection is not available at a premise. The only way to determine this is to get an internet service provider to run a check on the line once your cabinet is shown as live on our map.
  • Some premises within a postcode may be connected directly to the exchange rather than a cabinet (so called exchange only lines). For technical reasons exchange only lines will not be able to access the benefits of fibre cabinet upgrades. We are investigating a range of alternative technologies for exchange only lines, including: fibre to the premise, network rearangement and other alternative technologies. However, not all exchange only lines may be upgraded by the end of the programme. We will provide postcode level notice of any exchange only line enablement on our map. You will need to enquire with an internet service provider to see if you are connected to an exchange only line.
  • Some postcodes may be covered by both private (commercial) and public rollouts of fibre – some premises within a postcode being covered commercially by private providers, and other premises covered by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS). Given the fact our map is postcode level only, we have chosen to shown such postcodes as within the CDS programme. However, for such postcodes, any commercially covered premises may be upgraded following a different timescale to those covered by CDS.

Fibre service availability is not the same as infrastructure availability

Connecting Devon and Somerset is tasked with delivering fibre infrastructure capable of delivering superfast (24Mbps+) services to 90% of premises by the end of 2016. It is not tasked with delivering fibre services and is not an internet service provider.

  • We are not able to provide information on internet service provider take up at a cabinet/postcode level. However, we notify all internet service providers far in advance of a cabinet going live, and in general, the main internet service providers usually take up the infrastructure by the time we announce a cabinet.
  • Please bear in mind that internet service providers might not inform you of infrastructure availability when you enquire about coverage. They may simply tell you if they do, or do not provide a fibre service to your premise. This is not to say however that fibre infrastructure capable of an uplift in speed, or a superfast (24Mbps+) service is not available to you:

– If the first provider you check states that a fibre service is not available for a premise, we would advise you to check with a range of other internet service providers.

– If no providers are offering a fibre service and your cabinet is marked as live on our map, it is likely that factors such as copper line distance and line quality mean that a fibre service is not available at your premise.

 

Somerset County Council
Press Release

£38m funding confirmed for superfast broadband improvements

 

Connecting Devon and Somerset has confirmed that an additional £38 million will be invested in improving superfast broadband coverage across the region. This funding will be spent on increasing coverage to 95% of homes and businesses by 2017.Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, said: “We are delighted to announce that Connecting Devon and Somerset and its partners have raised over £19 million towards better superfast broadband coverage in Devon and Somerset. This means that together with the matched funding from Government we have over £38 million to invest, the largest of any superfast broadband programme in the UK. This enables us to increase coverage to 95% of homes and businesses by 2017. It puts us well on the way to our ultimate ambition of 100% coverage by 2020.“Our next step will be to run an open procurement exercise to find the best partners to deliver this investment. We aim to start this process in September and select one or more partners by next February. By that time, we will also be able to identify the next communities that will benefit from the additional funding.“In the meantime, we are focused on raising a further £3 million to bring us up to our original target of £22.75 million of funding. This will then release the equivalent government match funding which is still available. So there is still time to get an even better deal for the region.”Connecting Devon and Somerset is the largest project of its kind in the UK and has made a significant contribution to the recent national milestone of one million premises connected in the UK. The project has now reached 63 communities across the two counties by connecting 261 cabinets to the fibre network.Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “This is a very important announcement for Devon and Somerset. This fantastic news means that that even more homes and businesses will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband. More businesses will be able to access new markets, increase their trading potential and their productivity. More people will be able to use online public services, stay connected with friends and family, and search for employment opportunities. Children and adults will have far greater access to online educational resources.“There is still a lot of work left to do with many communities yet to be connected. Our energy and focus, boosted by this exciting new investment, remains directed towards connecting the whole of Devon and Somerset as rapidly and efficiently as possible.”More information is available on Connecting Devon and Somerset’s web site at www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk, where you can search for your postcode to check on superfast broadband in your area.EndsNotes to EditorsFor further information please contact: Richard Brown or Chris Lawrance at JBP on 0117 907 3400 / 07850 713 778 or email richard.brown@jbp.co.uk or chris.lawrance@jbp.co.uk.The £19 million of local contributions are made up of EU funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership (£4.275m); the Growing Places Fund, also from the LEP (£4.2m); Somerset County Council and Devon County Council (£5.18m); and other district and unitary authorities, and National Parks (£5.512m). The Superfast Britain programme in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport is matching these contributions, bringing the total investment to over £38 million.

Some funding is currently committed in principle, so Connecting Devon and Somerset will be working closely with its partners to confirm this funding over the coming months. The commitment has been fully accepted by government hence its agreeing to match it in its entirety.

The government has allocated a total of £22.75 million to match contributions raised by the region itself, and Connecting Devon and Somerset is working with its partners to raise a further £3 million and release the remaining matched funding available.

About Connecting Devon and Somerset
Councils and other organisations across Devon and Somerset are working together to bring faster broadband to the area and deliver improved broadband for rural Devon and Somerset – the “final third” – rural areas that are unlikely to benefit from commercial investment in broadband.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset project covers Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council, and North Somerset Council areas.

The project has already secured £32 million of funding from the government agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and both Somerset and Devon County Councils have put in £10 million each. Further funding from Bath and North East Somerset Council brought the public sector total close to £53 million. With the £41 million additional investment from BT and the latest announcement of £38 million, Connecting Devon and Somerset is now a £132 million project.
For more information, visit www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

About Superfast Britain
Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio is comprised of three elements:
• £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017
• £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities
• £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services
Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.
For further information, visit https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk

 

Broadband Fast fibre: A community shows the way

Everyone can get involved !

This Broadband network is being built by the community, for the community.

This is a community-wide, co-operative, and collaborative initiative

to do the job once, and do it correctly without costly stop gap solutions –

See more at:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-rural-community-is-building-its-own-gigabit-fibre-network

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21442348

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gU5dinCbomSDnytqRcZ2GglLwvzvaXi6LxFqQQVE8cE/edit

Leave a reply above to declare your interest

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCCS4nLr1B0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP14y4yLYjs

http://b4rn.org.uk/#sthash.gu0foMJR.dpuf

http://www.b4ys.org.uk/weve-got-bt-coming/

http://www.cybermoor.org/cybermoor/cybermoor

http://www.wansdyketele.com/

Fibre Optic Ducting

http://www.emtelle.com/

Broadband in Compton Dundon – Superfast Progress ?

For those who have been following Compton Dundon’s painfully slow progress along the path towards the age of fibre optic communications, we have had our hopes dashed repeatedly by broken promises and uncertainty.

Despite the forward march of technology our telecom services  are delivered over the same exchange based topography over copper wired infrastructure as introduced by the post office more than 60 years ago.  With regards to the existing fibre optic cable to the school among others that pass through our parish, no suppliers could be identified as interested in distributing the benefits to local residents.

After all the talk about improving rural broadband recent government initiatives have perpetuated the disadvantages that have served Compton Dundon so badly in the past. Because our village is split between the Somerton and Street telephone exchanges, this is the basis that the EU and UK Government views our current infrastructure needs. The Street exchange (for those in Compton Dundon whose telephone numbers start with 44) has not qualified  to benefit from public funds for superfast broadband because it is  commercially viable, where the Somerton exchange (numbers start with 27) has qualified.

Despite the commitment to spend over £100 million pounds of public money in Devon and Somerset the situation remains unchanged that the only commitment to Compton Dundon is the delayed universal commitment by the Government  to deliver a two megabits per second broadband service by 2016 which is a little better than what many of us experience already. No Internet service provider or telecoms operator (at the time of writing) has made any commitment to invest in telecoms infrastructure in the parish.

I was however slightly encouraged by the announcement from the Connecting Devon and Somerset website:

“Street Exchange

This exchange has been fibre enabled under BT’s commercial roll-out. The first cabinets are now live and the service is now available in parts of the exchange area. Please contact an internet service provider to check if fibre broadband is available for your property.

Additional areas will shortly be fibre-enabled under the Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme with the service likely to start to become available from Sept ‘14”

 

For the Somerton Exchange ( those parishioners whose telephone numbers start with 27) it says that ‘further planning work will be undertaken’………sometime…never.

 

That means that those in Compton Dundon who use the Street exchange ( those whose telephone numbers start with 44) should be looking at when their current contract runs out. If the above announcement is to be believed, then from this  autumn  ‘superfast’ suppliers may be able to provide you with a service.

 

Businesses and residents will need to purchase a ‘superfast’ broadband package from their existing or a new internet service provider. In many areas that are live, the service is being offered by a range of different providers, so shop around and get the best service. The more people ask, the more the service providers will be encouraged to supply. If you are motivated, keep asking on a monthly basis from this autumn !

http://www.cable.co.uk/compare/fibre-optic-broadband/

 

Please keep us informed about how you get on, using the ‘leave a reply’ link above.

 

Clearly if the service goes live in Compton Dundon, with all this public money being spent on our behalf, it would be a dreadful waste not to have put ourselves in a position to take full advantage of benefits these services bring.

 

 

You can join the Connecting Devon and Somerset survey here

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zS7QKos8VPnHxbe5Gzxyhm7Tbu5v57q4zf6CdhOUYR0/viewform

http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/where-and-when/

 

Parish Briefing July 2014

 

Progress update: Connecting Devon and Somerset

Latest announcement: CDS has confirmed the next 25 communities who are now ready to connect to the high-speed fibre broadband infrastructure being delivered by the £94 million programme to bring superfast broadband to rural areas. This means that businesses and residents in these areas are able to upgrade their broadband to a superfast package.

The latest locations in Devon include Parts of: Ashford (near Barnstaple), Braunton, Burlescombe, Chudleigh, Heanton Punchardon, Ilsington, Landkey, Mortehoe, North Tawton, Swimbridge, Tedburn St Mary, and Whitestone.

The latest areas across Somerset to benefit from the £94 million programme’s roll-out plans include parts of: Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Milverton, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Otterhampton, Pawlett, Puriton, Spaxton Barrington, Dowlish Wake, Horton, and Kingstone in South Somerset.

 

Additionally, further communities will be connected by October 2014

(subject to engineering considerations).

In Devon these include: Combe Martin, Denbury and Torbryan, Dunkeswell, Great Torrington, Ilfracombe, Ipplepen, Kingsbridge, Stokenham, West Alvington, West Down and Woolfardisworthy.

In Somerset these include: Ashill, Beercrocombe, Catcott, Chilton Polden, Edington Fivehead and Milborne Port

This means that a total of 56 communities in Devon and Somerset now have access as the programme continues to roll-out, bringing new technology and faster speeds.

Superfast Extension Fund (SEP):

Following the announcement from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) made on February 17th 2014 of the additional £22.75 million funding for the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme, the application was submitted before deadline on Monday 30th June.

CDS has been seeking assistance from District Councils across the programme area and have succeeded in securing ‘agreements in principle’ from numerous partners. We have been able to secure match funding from a range of sources, including local authority contributions, Heart of the South West LEP and EU Structural Investment Funds. If the bid is successful, an open procurement process will take place later in the year to extend superfast connections to 95% of homes and businesses.

 

Ready for Service map:

 

As always when we make these announcements, we will be updating the Ready for Service map on the Connecting Devon and Somerset website to reflect where fibre broadband is available as each cabinet gets connected. Unlike the final coverage map, this map is accurate at postcode level. The map does not indicate expected speeds as this is dependant on the distance between the premise and the relevant cabinet.

 

We are making changes to our website, including new maps that set out the programme coverage in greater detail. We are planning for these to go live in mid July.

 

Parish Communications:

 

We will shortly be sending out letters to all the parishes that have recently been connected to let them know the service is available. In addition, we will be asking our parishes if they will be willing to help in distributing fliers to households and businesses and any relevant premises like community halls, village shops and pubs.

 

Looking ahead:

 

Business and Community Engagement: The programme appointed the Cosmic Peninsula Consortium who have begun to deliver the Get up to Speed programme of business and community engagement across Devon and Somerset. So far, the team have delivered bespoke sessions for farmers and business organisations, visited parishes and taken briefing sessions to Barclays Bank to help them advise rural businesses. Later in the year, the programme will be undertaking a three event roadshow around Taunton Deane. In September, the team will be joining forces with the Met Office who will be talking about their digital strategy for working with small rural businesses.

 

 

How you can help us:

 

Please continue to support the programme by encouraging residents and businesses in areas that are live to take up a superfast broadband service and drive take-up across the programme area. When an area becomes ready for service, improvements in broadband speeds are not automatic.

 

Businesses and residents will need to purchase a superfast broadband package from their internet service provider. In many areas that are live, the service is being offered by a range of different providers, so please encourage constituents to shop around and get the best deal.

 

We are also keen to develop case studies of businesses, home workers and families who are taking up the new service. If you hear of anyone in your area who would make a good case study and would be willing to take part, please put them in touch with Julie Everett (see below).

 

For further information please contact Julie Everett: Julie@coastmarcoms.co.uk or visit

www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

 

Appendix – Full list of areas live and next in line across Devon and Somerset

Alongside the latest areas to go live set out in this briefing, many premises in the parishes below will already be able to connect to superfast broadband infrastructure.

 

A comprehensive postcode list is available on the Connecting Devon and Somerset website.

 

Belstone, Bishop’s Hull, Bishop’s Lydeard, Bradford-on-Tone, Combe Florey, Cotford St Luke, Crediton, Creech St Michael, Dunchideock, Exminster, Hatherleigh, Hemyock, Holsworthy, Newton St Cyres, Nynehead, Okehampton, Okehampton Hamlets, Petrockstow, Ruishton, Sandford, Shillingford St George, South Tawton, Sticklepath, Stoke St Gregory, Thurloxton, Wellington, West Buckland, West Monkton, Kennford, Henlade and North Curry. The programme has also been able to provide additional coverage around the fringes of Barnstaple, Bideford, Totnes, Newton Abbot, Honiton, Ilminster, Taunton and Bridgewater.

 

In total, CDS has announced a further 17 communities to be connected by October 2014 (subject to engineering considerations).

 

In Devon these are: Combe Martin Denbury and Torbryan, Dunkeswell, Great Torrington, Ilfracombe, Ipplepen, Kingsbridge, Stokenham, West Alvington, and West Down

 

In Somerset these are: Barrington, Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Dowlish Wake, Horton, Kingstone, Milverton, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Otterhampton, Pawlett, Puriton and Spaxton

5 thoughts on “Broadband in Compton Dundon – Superfast Progress ?”

  1. Hugh ThomasPost author
    For your information
    DeanDean Ruddle
    Sent from my iPhoneBegin forwarded message:From: “Nathaniel Lucas”
    Date: 9 July 2014 12:15:06 BST
    To: “Dean Ruddle – Councillor” Subject: Connecting Devon and Somerset: progressDear Dean,Thank you for your recent email regarding broadband coverage in Somerton.Unfortunately at present I am unable to confirm timescales for when the Connecting Devon and Somerset rollout will reach the area you represent; this is because the deployment plan is subject to change following the survey and planning phase and until we have the survey results in, it is difficult to predict with 100% certainty the path that the rollout will take.The rollout is very complex due to the size of area covered and the factors that govern it. Specifically they are as follows: –

    · Current infrastructure.
    · Engineering requirements, and
    · Value for money.

    It is essential that we stick with these principles so as many businesses and communities as possible feel the benefit of a faster broadband service and we achieve our target of 90% coverage.

    Announcements on the next enabled exchanges are made quarterly followed by a breakdown of the communities that each tranche of work will reach so I would suggest keeping abreast of these announcements via the CDS website (please note that the CDS website will be re-launched at the end of July and this should provide a deeper understanding of timescales and coverage for residents and businesses across the CDS geography).

    I apologise for not being able to provide you with time scales at this time, however what I can assure you of is that the CDS project team are working tirelessly, driving BT to carry out improvements as quickly as possible so residents and businesses can feel the benefit of faster broadband as soon as possible.

    I hope this response goes some way to addressing your concerns, however if you have any additional questions or require clarification on anything I have written then do not hesitate to come back to me.

    Kind Regards

    Nathaniel

    Nathaniel Lucas
    Economic Development Officer
    Economy Group
    Somerset County Council

    Office: 01823 355611
    Mobile: 07584 151008
    NMLucas@somerset.gov.uk

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  2. Hugh ThomasPost author
    Dear Councillor HallIn response to your email of the 16th of June, I do not have a poor opinion of what will be deployed, as CDS (or your response) is yet to provide clarity on what is to be provided in Compton Dundon. Please could you provide clarity regarding the time table for what seems to have been an interminable planning and surveying for each phase and what the 11 phases are. I am glad to hear that the process of redesigning the website and the mapping contained within, will result in more clarity as it is currently not fit for purpose – individual premises need to be shown.Thanks for your only commitment to everyone (including Compton Dundon), to provide a reliable 2Mbps service by 2016. I invite you to come and meet the parishioners to promote the benefits of this improved service and defend it in comparison with what is available elsewhere.The service available on the moon for example! – Note the density of premises in the locality !!!The distance between Earth and the Moon is vast – just under 400 thousand kilometers. However, the team has successfully managed to transfer data at a rate of 19.44 megabytes per second and impressively has managed to download data at a rate of 622Mbps.http://rt.com/news/161760-internet-broadband-space-moon/Regards
    Hugh ThomasFrom: David Hall – Councillor
    Subject: RE: Devon and Somerset Broadband Roll Out – the last 5% left without a ‘superfast’ service
    Date: 16 June 2014 15:49:02 GMT+01:00
    To: Hugh Thomas CDPC
    Cc: broadband@devon.gov.uk, Dean Ruddle , Greg Jones , davidheath@davidheath.co.uk

    Dear Mr Thomas

    I write in response to your e mail of 4th June. You clearly have a poor opinion of the broadband services which will be deployed across Somerset over the next two and half years, I disagree with your opinion. Whilst it is true that at the time the correspondence to which you refer was written, “no telecoms providers had made any commitment to invest anything in new fibre optic, or communications mast infrastructure in Compton Dundon”, this does not mean that the foundations have not been put in place to provide improved broadband services in the future

    It is important to understand that currently there are two fibre broadband infrastructure programmes taking place across the county. The first is BT’s own commercial rollout; this is purely funded by BT and covers areas of the county that are deemed to be a commercially viable. In short they are deploying to areas where generally there is higher density of premises, which provides a viable return on their investment. The second rollout focuses on areas that are considered by BT and the market not to be commercially viable, generally where there is a lower density of premises, higher associated costs and therefore no commercial justification for investment. Across Devon and Somerset this rollout is known as Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS). The programme gap funds investment in order to make it a commercially viable proposition for BT to rollout a fibre broadband infrastructure.

    Compton Dundon, which is connected in the most part by the Street exchange, which comes under BT’s commercial rollout (please note that a small part of Compton Dundon to the south of the village is fed by the Somerton exchange and therefore is eligible for investment through the CDS Programme). Street exchange has already been upgraded. What remains to be done is improvements to the local network and whilst CDS are not able to intervene at this point in time, it has recently been provisionally allocated additional funding (which is not limited by the current intervention area) from central government to push the fibre network even further into rural areas and reach 95% superfast coverage across Somerset and Devon. This funding is by no means a given but CDS is currently working hard to raise the required 50% match required to draw down this additional funding.

    You should also be aware of CDS’s commitment to deliver a minimum of 2Mbps for all premises across Somerset and Devon by the end of 2016. Whilst it is not superfast a lot can still be done with a reliable 2mbps connection.

    I note your comment in terms of the length of time residents and businesses in the Connecting Devon and Somerset Intervention area have been waiting to be advised on fibre based broadband services for their premises, but once again I must respectfully disagree. I’m sure you are aware that there are a range of maps available through the Connecting Devon and Somerset website. These maps show the status of each exchange area, the extent of the current deployment – which to date has delivered fibre broadband access to well over 32,000 premises – and a final coverage map that is intended as a high-level guide to the predicted final coverage by the end of 2016.

    This is a significant amount of information; it isn’t as detailed, in some instances, as residents and business owners may wish but there is a reason for that. We have to plan and survey each phase of the programme, there are eleven in total, and until we have done this we can never be entirely sure of the final coverage. We don’t want to give out inaccurate information so that is why until this work is completed the information we provide is an indication only. We are, however, in the process of redesigning our website and the mapping contained within, which will result in more clarity.

    I cannot comment on BT’s commercial activity, only the deployment of fibre based broadband under the CDS programme, which is well on the way to achieving its target of 90% superfast broadband by the end of 2016, with a minimum of 2mbps for all. To date over 32,000 premises can connect to fibre based broadband that without the intervention of Somerset and Devon Councils would otherwise have remained on ADSL copper services.

    I have previously stated, every home and business will receive at an absolute minimum a 2mbps service. We aim to go further than this by working with our partner BT to deploy new technologies into the later stages of the programme. I can assure you that we are working to meet this requirement which should reinforce to you our commitment and how seriously we all take the issue of rural broadband.

    Regards

    David Hall

    Cabinet Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy
    Somerset County Council

    Mobile: 07813 130738
    e-mail: dhall@somerset.gov.uk
    Website: http://www.somerset.gov.uk?

 

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