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 in Surrey.
The document appears to retrospectively downgrade the targets for the Superfast Surrey project, quoting “98.6% of those premises were to be connected to the fibre network”, previously 99.7%; and “93.9% of premises connected to the fibre network as part of the Superfast Surrey project to be able to access minimum download speeds of 15Mbps”, previously 94.6%. This may perhaps be explained by an increase in the number of premises in Surrey, quoted at “506,032 premises, of which 482,302 are residential and 23,730 are non-residential. In addition there are 772 Surrey premises in postcodes that are split across other counties.” Estimates I have seen previously have been closer to 450,000. This may also tie in with evidence that some cabinets were completely missed off the original project lists. Since BT blocked publication of the relevant section of their contract with SCC, we cannot know whether the revised percentages reflect a breach.
David Cooper’s detailed analysis of actual coverage estimates that about 90% of premises in the intervention area could possibly meet the target of 15+ Mbps in December 2014.
At least one such Surrey community have lost patience and agreed to pay for their own FTTC cabinets. Read the Hydestile, Hydon Heath and Feathercombe story here