Status update on additional broadband coverage - 19th October 2016
Update - 'We had expected to be in receipt of a latest set of proposals from BT, to cover some additional work that they were 'modelling'. Upon receipt, we will analyse what levels of further broadband coverage we might expect to achieve and how this might look from a value for money perspective.
We are conscious that we had communicated to a number of people who had been in contact, that we were waiting for this data and were expecting it on 12th October at the latest.
Unfortunately, BT still hasn't delivered the proposals and we are unable to analyse what is on offer. It is hoped that they can remedy this position quickly and we can continue to examine how we can further extend broadband across the county.
Please accept our apologies for the ongoing delay.'
Project Update - week ending 28th October 2016
'Metheringham 3/2 (Nocton) -
Update - 'Issues have been rectified, services should now be available' (see Comments to this blog).
Change Request 22 - Nocton
I am now pleased to report that BT Openreach have completed the work to insert new copper cables between pole DP108 (Main Street) and the new Cabinet 17 (The Green). All consumer lines on that pole were moved over to the new cable yesterday, meaning they are no longer connected to Cabinet 3.
As BT Group has not yet officially signed off the Change Request 22, I must thank two people in particular, Ian McEwan (Senior Project Manager, BDUK / SEP Lincolnshire & Rutland at BT Openreach) and Steve Brookes (OnLincolnshire at Lincolnshire County Council), who have taken a pragmatic approach in solving our 'problem'. Ian and Steve have gone out on a limb to make sure the work is completed, due to the lengthy delay experienced in obtaining the relevant permissions.
This is a great outcome for those residents of Main Street who wouldn't have otherwise been able to upgrade to superfast broadband, despite a fibre cabinet being literally on their doorstep.
Please note the records still require an update to reflect the alterations; it will take a couple of weeks or so for ISPs to be advised a fibre service is now available for these DP108 consumer lines. When finalised, customers will then be able to apply for an upgrade to BT Infinity, if they so wish.
I have been persistent getting these 'legacy lines' sorted under the BDUK Project, because once the fibre infrastructure is in place, BT are prevented from re-routing consumer lines from one cabinet to another. There is no actual mechanism in place whereby a consumer can request such a transfer.
OFCOM has demanded there are rules in place, called 'Equivalence', which are aimed at stopping BT altering the infrastructure to the financial benefit of their own customers and not their competitors.
Finally, I have yet to receive feedback from those residents who were previously connected via Pillar 3/2 (Post Office) and are now routed to Cabinet 17, with any successes in upgrading to fibre broadband. If you have managed to order BT Infinity from your ISP and are now receiving superfast broadband, please do let me know via the Comments section in my blog. Perhaps you could also let me know the increased speeds [Mbps] you are achieving too, so we can analyse the benefits of the fibre service for the extra costs.
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