Superfast broadband available in Barton please contact your Internet Service Provider for details. What it means for you and what else we want is covered below. However a quick note about problems with Broadband.
Super Fast Broadband (FTTC) has now been available in the village for nearly 3 years and after a number of teething troubles, seems to have settled down reasonably well. If anyone still has any serious ongoing problems that are not being addressed adequately by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) please give me (Paul Eitzen) a call on 850011. I cannot promise to solve your particular problem but I might be able to make relevant agencies aware if it is evident that all is not well. If you are not yet on Super Fast Broadband contact your Internet Service Provider for details and costs.
What does it mean for you?:
Villagers can now ask their ISP (BT, Talk Talk, Plusnet etc) for Fibre optic broadband (also known as FTTC). Depending on your requirements this will cost approx £50 for fitting and a new modem router and then approx £15-£30 a month. Speeds of over 45Mbs are possible dropping to 5-10Mb at the outer reaches of the village. This compares favourably with the previous top speed of around 1.5Mbs!
For those wishing even faster speeds it should be possible to ask BT for a FTTP connection where the fibre optic cable is linked direct to your house. Costs vary but a setup fee of approx £300-£600 plus an ongoing monthly cost of £40-£50 and speeds of over 100Mbs are possible.
++ Please note these are estimated speeds based on outline information ++
The Parish Council are also working to find out if BT are going to replace the ageing aluminium cables within the village. This is more aimed at gaining a reliable connection rather than increasing broadband speeds although you may see an impact.
Update: 26 March 2019
What is the latest on telephones and broadband?
An appraisal of broadband and telephony to and within the village has been carried out and recommends, for reasons of security and safety, that the telephone lines between the village and the Baltonsborough exchange are upgraded either by replacement or use of the FTTC for telephony. It also recommends that the metal lines from the cabinet near the telephone box to residences in the village be replaced by overground fibre. Openreach have now been separated off from BT and the Chairman of Openreach is thought to be perhaps the best person to lobby in the first place. In press interviews he has indicated his disappointment in the level of investment in fibre by BT. The Parish Council is currently studying the appraisal and determining the best approach to try and achieve the recommendations. A copy of the appraisal can be read here: BROADBAND & TELEPHONY IN BSD.
Recently the ‘speed’ divide in the village seems to have worsened in that speeds for those further away from the FTTC cabinet seem to be slowing down whereas some within a couple of hundred metres can get speeds in excess of 65Mbps. Inevitably a lot of speed assessments are a bit subjective and actual speed checks are very much spur of the moment. There is, however, a web site that will check your download and upload speed at regular intervals over a significant period. The results are tabulated with the time taken and can provide quantitative results with which to approach your ISP if the speed is not what it should be. (Note: you do not need to sign up with the website unless you are doing tests every few minutes). The downside is you have to leave your browser connected for the whole period you are carrying out the tests but it does not prevent you using another window in the browser. The speed tester is testmy.net/auto. If you could send your speed results together with your location within the village to firstname.lastname@example.org a central database of speeds will be kept. This can then be used to provide further quantitative evidence to support upgrading from metal wiring.