Sunday, 29 May 2016

Superfast broadband - update


My last blog on this matter was dated 22nd May 2016.

Project Update - Week ending 27th May 2016

'Delayed cabinets - Metheringham 3/2 (Nocton) - Site meeting held with Highways Authority and sub-contractor; cannot re-shell the pillar in its current position as stood on the foundations of the post office. Pillar will have to be moved across the road.'

My update

There was another site meeting on Friday 27th May between BT, BT Openreach and Carillion telent - I managed to speak with the guy from BT.

It appears the cabinet Pillar 3/2 cannot be re-shelled because of its location abutting the wall of the Post Office. One solution would be to replace the newly installed fibre Cabinet 17 with a cabinet that can combine Pillar 3/2 and Cabinet 17 content/services. The other solution would be to erect an extra cabinet as a replacement for Pillar 3/2. There may also be further road works required.

BT are clearly aware of the issues facing those local residents still connected by a legacy line to Cabinet 3 at Dunston and it is now part of their project to review these. It is hoped there will be sufficient spare existing lines to connect these properties from the telegraph pole in Main Street to the new fibre cabinet. If not, it will require extra work and cost which will need to be considered.

Finally, there appear to be more positive noises emanating from the various people I am speaking to; there is certainly more awareness of our issue. Rightly or wrongly, I am feeling more optimistic that a solution will be found to our broadband 'problem'.

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