The June newsletter from Superfast Surrey was published on Friday. Today marks the end of another roll-out quarter, and as far as we can tell from the Tumblr postcode announcements and our own BT availability checks, the project progress appears to be more or less on track.
Since the last update, I have received the following replies to my enquiries from Superfast Surrey:
High Level Review – Ewhurst Parish With regards to the high-level review that Superfast Surrey undertook of broadband speeds in the Ewhurst Parish, this involved reviewing fibre broadband speeds to each premises and plotting the broad areas adversely affected by long copper lines. This work was based of speed mapping provided by BT. As the premises analysed in the review had already been connected to the fibre network as part of the BT commercial roll-out and were therefore not included in the Superfast Surrey deployment, the document was passed to BT Senior Management on 31st January 2013 for their consideration. Superfast Surrey have no oversight over the commercial programme and we have received no indication as to the timeframes of when this report might be reviewed. We are awaiting contact details from Openreach for commercial rollout enquiries, but in the meantime Surrey County Council will continue to raise the concerns of those residents who are in the commercial roll-out with BT Group.
Clawback Surrey County Council’s contract with BT incorporates provision for clawback based on the level of take-up across the intervention area. It is too early to assess the level of clawback and consequently no decision can be made at this time on how any funds may be reinvested.
Contract performance monitoring Contractually, 94% of the premises in the Superfast Surrey deployment area will get Committed Access Rate Speeds of 15 mbps or more. Surrey County Council is overseeing the delivery of the contract to ensure that it is delivered within the agreed timeframes and budget and meets the contractual requirements regarding speed and number of premises connected. Due to contractual and commercial sensitivities, it is not possible to publish this data until the end of the programme. It should be noted that BDUK also undertake independent monitoring of BDUK contracts.
Solutions for long lines With regards to any improvements to premises with slow speeds, the Superfast Surrey Programme Team will begin a review of all the premises with slow speeds in the Superfast Surrey deployment area in June with a view to identifying what if any improvements can be achieved within the constraints of the budget available. For this reason, we are unable to advise you at this time of what solutions may be considered. For a very small minority of residents and businesses that have been acknowledged as being outside the confines of our standard fibre deployment, the team is also investigating if there are alternative technologies that could be deployed. In these circumstances and where appropriate, we will engage with specific residents.
In view of the last response above, during June I advised all my relevant contacts to email Superfast Surrey and press their case. This applies to any premises covered by Superfast Surrey (i.e. non commercial areas) who cannot achieve 15+ Mbps download using FTTC services. In our Parish this probably includes many Ellens Green residents.