As many of you have no doubt will no doubt be aware the latest news on our update to fibre broadband is not good.
The goal posts have appeared to once again have been moved, this time with an estimated roll out of Summer 2017. While this was extremely disappointing to those of us who naïvely believed that once the cabling was in place it was only a matter of weeks before we were joined up for ‘Superfast’ broadband, it seems that the situation is worse than any of us have imagined.
An article in the May 5th edition of the Daily Telegraph discussing the plight of those of us living in rural situations and wanting the internet speeds of our urban cousins opens thus:
High speed internet will not be automatically delivered to countryside homes after ministers claimed some people living in rural areas do not “want to be connected”.
It would appear that the pledge by the government to provide high speed broadband has been abandoned in an attempt to save money.
The article goes on to say:
Instead fast broadband will only be provided in rural areas on request because, according to a Whitehall document, “it is unlikely that everyone will want to be connected”.
Given the fact that the article then continues:
It also emerged that people living in the countryside will have to pay for any additional cost of connecting them to a good broadband speed.
then in an area such as this where wages are substantially below the national average, and there is also a high proportion of retired people on fixed incomes then I would imagine there would indeed be a reluctance among many to pay extra for an improved service.
This then leaves those of us who are able and willing to pay for any improvement to our service in an extremely isolated position. The situation is further exasperated by our lack of any alternative connection method, most notably the 4G cellular connection. 3G is still patchy in this area, and even that cannot equal the 3G speeds available in our cities – in true Orwellian style ‘some 3G speeds are more equal than others’.1
So where do we go from here? Alan Leech is setting up a meeting with the recently re-elected Elin Jones with a view to elevating our plight a little bit further up the political ladder, and once we hear how she intends to respond I will report back here with any news.
- Animal Farm, in case you couldn’t remember! ↩