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I requested a meeting with the Cabinet member and the head of the Fastershire project which we had this week. I will be writing a full post shortly. Basically the project will be finished (phew) within a year of the promised date (due to surveys and planning how to reach such a scattered population) and is being delivered at least as well as promised. Hope to have a full report by the weekend on my blog. These last few weeks our broadband has come to a complete halt most evenings, but maybe I can get over a megabyte, two or even twenty four by Christmas!

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Rather than start a new topic I will resurrect this one but felt I had to post a link to an article I read in the Telegraph yesterday.  In fact I had to read it several times and keep checking the date of the paper.   Did not Allpay do what the Conservatives in their wisdom think would be a wonderfully innovative solution to poor Broadband speeds in rural areas?  And what exactly happened to Allpay's Broadband?

 

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiOm-Wv0P3QAhWEIsAKHdrdB2MQFggkMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Fnews%2F2016%2F12%2F16%2Frural-families-poor-broadband-may-given-vouchers-spend-getting%2F&usg=AFQjCNHbCVByjFxi-eR2Pswp4DMNoih--A&sig2=UWJX9sqDndPMQIZNYru3aA

 

 

Admittedly this may not be of any interest to the city dwellers of HV but I think there are readers on here from shall we say the more rural areas of the county and indeed the country. 

 

Of course there is another consideration just how much of our money has BT Fastershire cost already and still it is not performing.  

Edited by Denise Lloyd

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We are actually going backwards since the arrival, of infinity broadband.
I can no longer get infinity 2 because of speeds lower than 32 mps.
The reason for this loss of speed is down to too many people having/using/wanting infinity.
 

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But I was told that tho the Council had promised 95% coverage, BT had only estimated, and allowed for, 20%. Hence when I got my fibre in after 5 months of constant problems - and I was the only house off this manifold (post) - the house next door couldn't get it at all because they'd oversupplied!! What a nonsense.

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Denise - I believe that allpay pulled the plug on new installations due to some legal implications (and possibly planning/technology advances to 4g networks) on their church broadband scheme.

 

As an example, my mum had to cancel her fixed line broadband earlier this year due to constant drop outs and poor service (well under 1mb speeds) and now has a box from EE which runs on the 4g network, which gives her upwards of 35gb data downstream - BT tried 23 engineers and still couldn't find the problem (more than likely the 40+ year old copper cables) and told her in no simple terms, we can't find the problem, keep complaining and we will disconnect you!

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Wow. I just looked at the EE website. Things have moved on great deal since I last looked at this type of thing. They have 64GB of data at 4G speeds for £30 a month. Not a bad deal really. I guess the other networks do similar deals. As long as you live in a good coverage area this should be one in the eye for BT.

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I think Allpays business model was undermined when BT supported by the government and council money came in and took the jam ie the easy and lucrative work leaving Allpay to deal with the leftovers.  Allpay led the field in inspirational delivery of Broadband in this county pity the Council did not build on it and recognise what a good idea it was.  

 

I am paying more now for my broadband since Allpay pulled out and as more houses new and old are connected in the area so the speed will decrease - so sooner rather than later I will be getting a poorer service - and they call that progress

 

It is high time BT had some serious competition they should never have been allowed to have near monopoly on provision of Broadband but beware adverts are not always what they seem 

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We have some of the slowest tinternet in Europe. http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2016/06/q1-2016-akamai-uk-internet-speeds-reach-15-mbps-vs-6-3-mbps-globally.html

According to BT I can get speeds up to 76mbs, off peak I barely get 32mb. The only way I could possibly get the magic 76 is to have fibre from cabinet to door and throughout internally. BT do not offer this option yet still insist 76mbs is possible at low demand periods!! I called a specialist fibre optic engineer to obtain a quote to install my own fibre cable to cabinet; about £1000+, only to be promptly informed that I am not allowed to do so anyway unless I provide my own trench; That would require several golden handshakes by local authorities........ or rent BTs

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A name to watch - Gigaclear an ultrafast network provider.  This company could well be picking up the areas that BT have failed to reach in Herefordshire  despite BT receiving how much of our money.

 

Gigaclear are being used by other Councils so no doubt somebody knows somebody etc ..................

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My mum and brother have just got fibre in the Golden Valley, was switched on last week - not bad considering up until June of last year BT were telling her that she shouldn't be able to get any broadband service up where they are (even though they have had internet since the early 2000's)

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A name to watch - Gigaclear an ultrafast network provider.  This company could well be picking up the areas that BT have failed to reach in Herefordshire  despite BT receiving how much of our money.

 

Gigaclear are being used by other Councils so no doubt somebody knows somebody etc ..................

 

More than twice the cost of my present BT fibre broadband for the same speed (50Mbps) plus a load of serious charges for cabling - I don't think so.

Edited by twowheelsgood

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I thought this was worth a mention.  This Green Cabinet is in Kingstone.  Does one suppose it is laid ready for tea to fully appreciate the views? or is it the new fashion for Green Cabinets? or is it the only way the very latest high tech box can keep the rain out?  No doubt after spending millions of pounds on the Fastershire project in the county HC are once again getting value for money

 

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I did rather want to post the photo as it is on here but my tech abilities fail me on this occasion!  You all have to agree it really is magical 

Edited by Denise Lloyd

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