Category Archives: Information

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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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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Universal Service Commitment

The House of Commons has published another report covering broadband issues from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee. It includes the following viewpoint. “40. The Universal Service Commitment of 2 Mbps is a big step forward for households and … Continue reading

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Sky Broadband Reps Mislead Customers

I have just been conversing with the third Ewhurst resident who appears to have been deliberately misled by a Sky sales rep in the same way. These existing Sky customers have all been incorrectly informed that only BT can provide FTTC … Continue reading

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Understanding the FTTC upgrade

I (Walter) have been asked by a resident from The Street to provide a reminder of the current situation for Ewhurst residents in relatively simple terms. However this topic can be far from simple in many circumstances so if in … Continue reading

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What can I do about Phishing?

At least one resident has recently fallen victim to a “phishing” email they received. Clicking on a plausible looking link apparently compromised their entire address book. Emails like this are often sent from your own contact addresses, so it looks … Continue reading

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Updated History of Ewhurst Broadband

by Walter Willcox Around 2004 I became aware of a number of users particularly around Pitch and Holmbury Hills that were either experiencing very poor broadband performance or who had no broadband signal. 

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Recommended Reading

The SCC FAQ on superfast broadband provides some excellent answers to common questions. Please read this and then complete the surveys.

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1Gbps Community Project Launched

Rural communities in the North embark on possibly the most ambitious community project yet. 1000Mbps symmetrical broadband for £25 per month, available from early next year. Meanwhile, Surrey County Council seem to think that 100Mbps is the maximum speed they … Continue reading

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BT Solution for “Outliers”

Concerns have been raised that FTTC will not benefit many of those currently suffering connection speeds below 2Mbps, due to the 15Mbps minimum speed threshold for BT-Infinity. Of course, it was always inevitable that others would provide services to meet … Continue reading

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Mobile Broadband Coverage

If you have an Android handset, take part in the ground-breaking BBC survey of mobile phone signal coverage. Read about it here.

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Framework for Broadband Procurement

BDUK is developing a Framework Contract to facilitate the procurement process for local authorities.

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Ofcom Broadband Map

This new UK map shows, by county/administrative authority: Overall performance Average broadband take up Percentage receiving less than 2Mbit/s Superfast broadband availability Average modem sync speed Each area has been ranked on how they score on four broadband metrics, on … Continue reading

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Cumbria Communities Get Together

Cumbria communities, together with the County Council and BDUK, seem to be leading the way in putting pressure on suppliers to offer fast broadband solutions that best suit each individual community. Read about their Stoneybeck Event here, and their proposals … Continue reading

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(Fat) Pipe Dreams

The industry often talks of “fat Pipes” to the home as having an almost infinite broadband capacity and speed. This is not yet the case for domestic users anywhere around Surrey to my knowledge. However a reasonable speed is available for … Continue reading

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Waverley Welcome SCC Project

Waverley Borough Council issued a press release in support of the Surrey County Council commitment to 100% “superfast” broadband coverage by 2013 earlier this month. Members of the ESHB committee have expressed doubts over the proposed budget and timescale. It … Continue reading

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FTTP in Capel

Our immediate neighbours on the Capel exchange have been told by BT that around 70% will get Fibre To The Premises (FTTP aka FTTH, Fibre To The Home) by mid-2012. This means that friends as close as Ockley and Holmbury … Continue reading

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Cranleigh FTTC Target Date

The “Ready For Service” (RFS) target date of 01/03/2012 for FTTC in Cranleigh (covering Ewhurst) has now been published at SamKnows – see the FTTC Status under BT Wholesale information. However, the BT Openreach list still just states “2012″, and … Continue reading

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Watching the FTTC Roll-out

The official position is that Cranleigh is still scheduled for upgrade to FTTC in the first 3 months of 2012. There are also indications that all 4 PCP street cabinets which serve our area should be included, if all goes … Continue reading

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Speed Boost for FTTC

The theoretical maximum speed of FTTC broadband connections is set to roughly double from 40Mbps to around 80Mbps.

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