Broadband – 4 months on
We easily forget what life was like before joining the fast lane with decent broadband in the village. Some properties are still waiting for it to become reality for them: primarily at the foot of Gangsdown Hill and the Technical Site at RAF Benson.
OCC/Openreach is keeping us informed …
“Regarding properties that are not getting faster fibre speeds, we need to complete the current phase of the project which is enabling more than 47 FTTC cabinets in this area (due to complete at the end of June) to get an accurate picture of speeds for all properties in the phase. We will then develop an ‘infill’ plan for the complete phase and roll that out. So unfortunately, there isn’t immediate news for Mays Farm Cottages but the properties are on our radar and there is a commitment to address all properties with a minimum of 2Mb speed by the end of 2015 using FTTC or alternative technologies. We have a whole county to cover (~500 FTTC cabinets) so work has to be planned and resources used effectively.
Once this phase is completed at the end of June and the report is collated for the phase, a workplan will be developed in July for properties that fall below the 2 Mb threshold.
Regarding Exchange Only (EO) configurations – (the more complex installs around the RAF Benson Technical site). These are planned for phase 3 as we are on a six month cycle and until we get the FTTC installs completed in the surrounding area we won’t be able to plan the fibre spine for EO. Phase 3 is due to start in July 2014 and will be a six month cycle so the EO installs should be coming on stream around Oct-Dec 2014.”
There’s work going on in the surrounding area too, so our neighbours may be getting big improvements soon. And finally, dedicated donglers are reporting much better speeds again presumably as other users move to landline broadband.
Some people are finding response times slower than they expected. That’s often because everyone is looking at the same website at the same time, their computer is a bit aged or clogged up, or everyone is downloading a video. There are inevitable peaks and troughs.
But generally, everyone’s forgotten that 3 seconds is the limit of human patience when waiting for a computer to reply from anywhere – we discovered that 50 years ago!