BT and Warwickshire County Council, main members of the CSW Partnership, have made an important announcement about the introduction of Superfast Broadband. An extract follows, together with a link which provides fuller details of what is going on: “From Spring 2014, superfast fibre-based broadband will start to become available for the first time in parts of Alderminster, Fillongley, Henley-in-Arden, Kineton, Quinton, Long Marston, Snitterfield and Welford-on-Avon. In addition, fibre will also ‘go live’ in areas of Stratford-upon-Avon and Wellesbourne not already enabled by any commercial rollout. Further updates about the rollout will be made in the coming weeks via council briefings and the CSW Broadband website: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk where local people can also sign up to receive updates.” That announcement is very interesting but does not provide the information we, in Bearley, want – When are we going to go superfast? However, different BT Openreach engineers working on cable ducting, via manholes at various points between Snitterfield and Bearley, have said that they are readying the ducts for optical fibre cables. When the fibre is installed, it may well run from Stratford Exchange but it would seem very unlikely that they would not make some sort of provision for Bearley at the same time. Perhaps they have a later date in mind for switching Bearley over to fibre equipment. Maybe smaller villages like Bearley and Aston Cantlow are on a back burner. CSW have been asked to clarify where we stand.
Meanwhile people should fill in survey forms, on-line, if they have not already done so – for consumer and/or business interests as appropriate.
Superfast Broadband Bulletin No. 1
I will issue bulletins, from time to time, about Bearley’s prospects of getting faster services. This first bulletin also gives some tips on how you might get a useful boost to your broadband speed.
Most people know that fast broadband is now enjoyed by many people around the country and some are getting 20 – 50Mbps whereas in Bearley we are getting around 1, 2 or 3 Mbps. So, you are cut off from using all sorts of exciting and useful new on the Web. At present, published plans indicate that Bearley’s speed may be limited to a “minimum of 2Mbps” until 2018 or beyond.
So, what are the first things we can do to speed things up? Well:
3. Ensure you have micro-filters on each telephone socket.
4. Complain to your ISP (BT, Talk Talk, …) if your speed is slower than your neighbours, or, if in any sense, the phone reception is not first class. I did and BT provided me with a free upgrade pf my router.
I hope this is helpful – Mike Whitecross, Broadband Champion
SUPERFAST Broadband for Bearley?
First of all, let me introduce myself, my name is Mike Whitecross and I have volunteered to act as Bearley’s Broadband Champion.
In conjunction with the Parish Council and other villagers, my role is to lead the village’s campaign for superfast broadband for residents.
The World Wide Web has become a miracle of the modern age for those who access it. Increasingly, many of us are already using it for entertainment; news; education; banking; online shopping; sports coverage; downloads of music, software and, now, feature films ...
So why do we need a campaign?
A campaign is vital because the broadband services provided here, by and via BT, are so slow we are being left behind by developments in the World Wide Web. Take BT, for example; they keep advertising their Infinity and BT Sports facilities but provide most of us with a line that is too slow to receive the programmes. Already, adjacent villages are enjoying broadband speeds that are 5 or 10 times what most of us can get here. Recently, my service has been running between 1 and 1.7 Mbps*, others get much less. People in Welford already get around 8 and it appears that Superfast broadband speeding at 26Mbps will reach Stratford by 2015.
But will we get a superfast service in Bearley?
My hunch is we will only get proper broadband if we campaign vigorously. We have to persuade the authorities and the suppliers that the prosperity of rural villages like Bearley depends on it having competitive access and speeds from broadband?
Here are a few important ways in which you can help the Parish Council and me, its Champion, to get the campaign underway:
If you just do two things to help, go to www.cswbroadband.org.uk for a quick glance at the ambitious plans to bring broadband to new levels across Warwickshire. Then move swiftly to point no.2 below.
Most importantly, stop on the first page of that site, click on Residents Survey at the top right hand corner and then tick the boxes in the survey. Scores of villagers have already filled in the questionnaire but we need many more to press home our case to the CSW team and its masters.
Equally important, please check your broadband speed to see what your Internet Service Provider (ISP) delivers to you. Search on Google for “broadband speedchecker” (without the quotes), for example, and you will find plenty of sites which will check your speed.
I use BT’s own test - http://speedtest.btwholesale.com/ - to get the facts from the horse’s mouth – partly because they don’t try to sell you dodgy software or gadgets.
Feel free to contact me, at that address, if you wish to volunteer to help to speed things up – maybe, for example, by distributing leaflets or by helping people in your road to fill in and email the survey form.
Finally, we would welcome ideas and information that might help us to succeed!
One Mbps is simply a speed of information transfer at a rate o one million bits per second