Author Archives: David Nye

Box Broadband Ultrafast Proposals

Firstly, a massive THANK YOU to all those who took time out to attend one of the sessions on Tuesday. The Box team surprised me by presenting costs based on a “commercial” funding model, which they had previously thought unrealistic. … Continue reading

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Tuesday Ultrafast Event Times Extended

To help our commuters, Box Broadband have kindly agreed to keep the doors open until at least 8.30 pm, and to re-run their Ultrafast Broadband presentation for late arrivals, if requested. The event at the EYSC (on the central recreation ground, … Continue reading

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Community Broadband Drop-in & Talk on 24th January

The event will be presented by Box Broadband Limited at the EYSC, from 2pm to 8.30pm. This new company has been set up by Chris Box, MD for the well-established rural FTTP installation firm Boxcom Synergy Limited. We are lucky … Continue reading

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Exciting New Opportunity – Open Public Meeting

My long search for a credible alternative provider of pure fibre broadband to the Surrey Hills area has finally delivered. This company has been installing symmetric gigabit FTTP (widely acknowledged as the ideal solution) very successfully for several years. A … Continue reading

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SCC Cabinet Report

This Surrey County Council report, dated 13th December, appears to have been written to get formal approval from Cabinet for the “claw back” funds to be used for further broadband improvements. It provides some insight into where we are in … Continue reading

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BT Community Fibre Application Submitted

Our application for the BT Community Fibre Programme was submitted on 12/12/16 and was acknowledged on 14/12/16. It included 66 registered broadband connection records which I believe to be eligible; 9 records were excluded because “superfast” broadband is already available, … Continue reading

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Community Fibre Registration Progress

I have so far received 66 replies to my invitation to register for the BT Community Fibre Programme. Of these, 61 can be included in our application, and the premises concerned are distributed as follows: Community Fibre Registration Summary by Road … Continue reading

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Community Fibre Invitation to Register

I have been looking at the BT Community Fibre Programme as a potential way to improve broadband performance for those of us too far from our cabinet to achieve “superfast” speeds. The programme is open to “communities” below the BT “superfast” … Continue reading

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Is Ewhurst OK for High Speed Broadband?

This was a question posed to me recently, with another, much simpler: What is the location of BT boxes able to connect to high speed fibre? Is every location in Ewhurst OK for HIGH speed broadband? It’s still a very … Continue reading

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Brexit and broadband

Superfast Surrey have stated that the Brexit vote will not have any immediate impact on their next phase, and the BDUK process is likely to continue for the next couple of years at least. Once their “NGA white” or “target … Continue reading

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Ransomware warning

One of my clients has been the victim of ransomware, delivered via an email attachment which was opened by an employee (supposedly about a Fedex delivery). Apparently all files on the whole network were encrypted, which included all recent backups, … Continue reading

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Help to improve our local broadband speed

I have extracted the data for Ewhurst, Ellens Green and some adjacent postcodes from the public consultation document referred to in the last article. The results are listed below. Superfast Surrey are essentially asking us to identify any addresses which … Continue reading

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Superfast Surrey State Aid Public Consultation

Finally, having been delayed since last autumn, the consultation has just been announced. I have not had a chance to look at it myself yet, but wanted to get the link out right away, since it only runs for one … Continue reading

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Broadband in the Neighbourhood Plan

Today is the closing date for Ewhurst and Ellens Green Neighbourhood Plan Survey entries. These can be completed online at the link below. Question 12 asks you to rate the broadband infrastructure to your household, and question 14 provides a … Continue reading

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Superfast Surrey Statement

I have just received the following statement on the latest position from Superfast Surrey, following completion of the first stage of the OMR. “Surrey County Council has now finished the main phase of its Superfast Surrey Broadband programme to bring … Continue reading

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Contract Renewal

A couple of people have come to the end of their 18 month “BT Infinity” contracts recently, and asked whether they should switch ISP. BT’s reputation as an ADSL service provider was pretty poor, so I usually say “definitely”. But … Continue reading

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Email Scam Warning

A number of people from or associated with Ewhurst have received the following scam email today: Subject: Terrible News I really hope you get this quickly. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we had … Continue reading

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Superfast Surrey – Scrutiny of Performance

Thanks to Phil for spotting an internal report to the SCC Overview & Scrutiny Committee for their meeting on 23rd April. Such reports are made available on the SCC web site, but are not generally brought to public attention. It contains … Continue reading

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Surrey County Council’s new broadband Open Market Review

Superfast Surrey have just published their new “Request for information on broadband infrastructure provision” at superfastsurrey.org.uk. This paves the way for a Public Consultation, due to take place in the Autumn, which will help determine any further public investment in “superfast” broadband … Continue reading

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SCC Mandate for Ewhurst

I have received a statement from Superfast Surrey which indicates that the team finally has the authority to work with areas which are part of BT’s commercial roll-out, including Ewhurst. However, limited funds and the Open Market Review (OMR) timetable mean … Continue reading

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