Author Archives: David Nye

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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5 Mbps USO

We have been campaigning hard for a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO). The government’s latest digital communications policy paper, announced in the Budget, finally seeks to make this happen. We hope this will soon replace the current 2 Mbps Universal Service Commitment … Continue reading

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Ellens Green gets partial FTTC availability

Ellens Green premises are mostly connected to cabinet 2 on the Rudgwick exchange, so were waiting on the West Sussex roll-out. Whilst not all checkers have yet been updated, the key BT Wholesale checker is now showing FTTC (“fibre” broadband) availability for … Continue reading

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Fibre Options for Ewhurst Communities

Openreach have contacted us to discuss their options for those still not satisfied with their broadband performance. Private FTTP (FTTH) The ideal, but expensive, solution is to run a fibre optic cable right to the premises. The Openreach variant of … Continue reading

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Final month of “main” Surrey fibre deployment

The December edition of the Superfast Surrey newsletter is rather more informative than the last few. It reveals that the more challenging jobs have now been relegated to a secondary deployment; i.e. as per usual practice, Openreach just bump them back one … Continue reading

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Opportunity and Rumour

Some time ago I asked Kenney Jones whether his plans for the Polo Club include Fibre To The Premises (FTTP or FTTH), and if so, whether this can be done as part of a community broadband project. We discussed the support … Continue reading

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