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Upgrades progessing well

The upgrades are going well with Pioneer residents reporting better than expected speeds. Some are achieving the maximum within the tariff caps they have chosen from their ISP’s products ( 19Mbps max, 38Mbps max, 54Mbps max or 79Mbps max).  Tests show … Continue reading

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Update 10th May – Phase 2 underway

The first of the Pioneer connections have been made and under test. The good news is that the initial speed tests show they are meeting or exceeding expectations. Stay tuned for updates of when to upgrade.

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Good news – the Pioneers have started to order their upgrades

Great News!  The ISPs now recognise our cabinets.   From today our 21 Pioneer residents have started to apply for upgrades from their ISPs.  Installation and testing will happen over the next week and then swiftly afterwards we can liaise … Continue reading

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Update April 28th – no news from Openreach yet

There was growing impatience in some households in Hydestile…

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Update 13th April

Openreach have hit a problem in their very complex IT systems that supports the fibre connections on their UK network.  They tell us they have recently discovered it and are working with their offshore contractors to resolve it.   It means … Continue reading

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Update 24th March

Howard and I met with BT Group managers yesterday to hear their plans for the next phase of the process to get us onto fibre/VDSL services, via our ISPs. We are confident that Openreach will be handling the migration from … Continue reading

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Update 11th March

Last night we had a meeting of the resident Pioneers to talk through the process of testing their connections prior to them being able to contact their ISPs to try and upgrade to fibre – when the time comes. We … Continue reading

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Update 8th March – Not ready for service

As expected, Openreach had left themselves no spare time to sort out those technical hurdles that invariably crop up in complex projects like this. Their contingency time had been eaten up much earlier by delays authorising roadworks, getting planning submissions in on time, delays … Continue reading

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Deadline day – 1st March

1st March was the day that Openreach were contracted to have our installations complete and the cabinets Ready For Service (RFS).   They have missed the deadline, and whilst 80% of the work is complete I estimate they are going to … Continue reading

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Update February 13th

Openreach and their contractors have been working hard this week in Home Farm Road, Busbridge, at the Crossroads and at Hydon Heath. We have also seen a “little” bit of tree lopping to prepare for the fibre to be pulled … Continue reading

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Surrey County Council’s Open Market Review (OMR)

The current political landscape: Superfast broadband should be covering all of Surrey by now – that was the ambition of Surrey County Council back in 2014 – with promises of 99.7% being able to get 15Mbps or above.   That … Continue reading

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Advice for prospective community projects

Rural broadband is notoriously poor.   85 residents did something about it in rural Surrey and bought 2 FTTC broadband cabinets and 4km of fibre to bring Superfast broadband speeds to their hamlet serving 118 homes. In running our campaign … Continue reading

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Our story

85 residents in rural Surrey bought 2 FTTC broadband cabinets and 4km of fibre to bring Superfast broadband speeds to their hamlet serving 118 homes. Our story in a nutshell: The GU8 Superfast Community Project is run by a small team of … Continue reading

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SME’s can get £3000 grant for Broadband!

  https://www.connectionvouchers.co.uk The Government is encouraging us to take up Superfast by giving £3000 to qualifying businesses… except it is only applicable if you work in a “Super City” like London or Glasgow… which of course has the best Superfast … Continue reading

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The early stages of the campaign – in 4 minutes

There were times when our ambition to get decent broadband looked doomed – with every option closed off to us.  Each video, discovered on YouTube, seems to sum up the frustration very well. After a long campaign, the residents are … Continue reading

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