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Broadband for Caston
by Brian Brooker - 09:46 on 17 September 2016
Below is a letter forwarded to me by Alistair Skipper and includes a House of Commons letter from The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture.
I recently received the attached letter from the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, the Rt. Hon Matthew Hancock MP. This provides an up to the minute answer from the horses’ mouth and shows that Caston will have to continue to wait due to the lack of investment by BT. I thought that other residents may also be interested in this unfortunate news.
I would also point out to residents that TalkTalk, Sky, Vodafone & the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) have set up a campaign called, “Fix Britain’s Internet.”
“It is a campaign that aims to fight for the best possible internet for Britain's communities. The campaign was started by an industry coalition comprising Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and the Federation of Communication Services - and we're growing every day. We represent millions of consumers and businesses who rely on Openreach, but are let down every day, struggling to get the internet speeds they need. Together, we're asking Ofcom to be brave and make the radical changes needed to create an Openreach that delivers the broadband Britain deserves.”
It encourages people to e-mail Ofcom to try and persuade them to break up BT’s Openreach who are responsible for providing the Broadband infrastructure. This web link allows you to add your name. http://www.fixbritainsinternet.co.uk/page/speakout/fix-britains-internet
Recent research has found that contrary to claims by politicians and BT, Britain as the attached graph shows, has an extremely low investment in Superfast Broadband and has no VDSL uptake, (the next big thing),which is capable of 300Mbit/s. This is in spite of a £1.7 billion investment by the UK Government, EU and District Councils into BT who are responsible for the digital upgrade. Residents may well be unaware that the BT Group which owns Openreach, Plusnet and EE in the UK, is a global player. This means that there is the possibility that BT could use UK taxpayers money it receives to fund their projects around the world.
Following your message last week that fibre was not due to be installed in Caston for quite a while I emailed the man in charge of fibre roll out at BT who told me in January that we were scheduled to be upgraded between January and March next year.
Below is the response I have received from someone in his team confirming that the position hasn't changed and they are on target for the early months of 2017. Please feel free to pass it on.
I can confirm that while Openreach is contracted to deploy fibre broadband to Caston in the first half of 2018, it remains on target to bring forward this deployment to between January and March 2017, so the position has not changed since Bill was in touch with you in January this year.
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