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Superfast Surrey’s next phase 2017

We have recently been informed by Surrey CC that they have now decided where to spend their money on the next round of state aided Superfast Infrastructure deployment – this is called Phase 1… yes I’m not sure why it … Continue reading

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Project completion and VAT refund

We are very pleased to advise that the project to bring fibre broadband to homes and businesses across various GU8 postcodes is now drawn to a successful close. Residents have pulled together to bring about a broadband capability that would … Continue reading

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Vouchers for broadband

It appears that the vouchers scheme (offering upto £350 to those in not-spots receiving less than 2Mbps)   has been extended.  Previously it could only be redeemed for satellite services.   Now it can apply to 4G and community wireless … Continue reading

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Project Complete – 75% take up level

Our rural broadband project is complete. The number of residents left to upgrade with their ISP is quite low now.  Most upgrades have now been completed and we have a very high take-up rate.   So I think it is … Continue reading

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Access to Superfast and Take up levels

We are reaching the end of our superb community project – we have seen over 70% of residents in the area apply for an upgrade with their ISP and get connected to Superfast broadband.  Most are seeing speeds at or … Continue reading

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Openreach at Select Committee

Culture, Media and Sport Committee TRANSCRIPT Tuesday 15 March 2016 Gavin Patterson BT Chief Exec.  and Kim Mears, Openreach The issue of the true picture of who has a viable connection to superfast and who has not (irrespective of the … Continue reading

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BT Community Fibre Partnerships

Sidenotes: BT have a new department “as part of their Charter”  the BT Community Fibre Partnerships for delivering fibre to the hardest to reach communities.  I haven’t worked out what this site actually represents although it appears their strapline should be “If you’ve … Continue reading

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Pioneers! – are you ready?

It is nearly time for our Pioneers to saddle up and get ready to travel to the promised land of Superfast.   It will be a difficult journey with perils along the way.  Those that have not prepared may fall by … Continue reading

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Update February 22nd

The road closure in Hambledon Road had been for longer than we were told. The road is now open. We are pressing Openreach for a timescale on removal of the traffic lights installed last week at Hydon Heath.

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Project Update – January 29th

There has been a flurry of activity in the area recently – primarily from Openreach, their sub-contractors, Surrey CC Highways and SSE power company.   We can confirm that the work is well and truly underway working towards Openreach’s “Ready … Continue reading

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Ofcom report the real state of rural broadband

The latest report from Ofcom is an interesting read.  It states clearly that the progress of the roll out of superfast broadband is nowhere near as good as Openreach or Surrey CC will tell you.   Ofcom’s data on the coverage … Continue reading

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August Update – “on track”

The simple “headline”is that the project is on track to meet the contractual delivery date of February 2016. With many residents reporting ever- deteriorating broadband performance this will come as welcome news. Read on if you would like to know … 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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Phase two complete – Contract Signed!

Dear Neighbours, You have been magnificent. We have had a very high contribution rate and are in a position to go ahead with the project. We want to let you all know that we have now signed the contract for … Continue reading

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Contribution target achieved

February 2015 It has been a very busy few weeks for the GU8 Superfast project.  Most of the contributions from residents are in and the level of support is a fantastic demonstration of community spirit at its best. The current … Continue reading

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How to check your line speed

When dealing with Openreach, your internet provider (ISP) or getting information to mount a campaign, information is key.   Having accurate measure of your line and service will give you more power to fight against a complacent Openreach – especially … Continue reading

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Cabinet 26 goes live!

October 8th 2014: As you know, we have been pushing to get Superfast Broadband to our community since mid 2013.  In February we campaigned for BT to upgrade cabinet 26 at Rake Lane.  We succeeded in getting them to commit … Continue reading

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Hambledon residents are affected too

Residents with phone: Wormley 01428 … A number of residents of North Hambledon on the Wormley exchange have contacted me – they should be able to get superfast broadband Infinity now that Wormley upgrade to fibre is complete, as promised … Continue reading

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Phase 1 – a success! Enton gets green light.

May 2014   Our First Success! Following our intervention, Openreach recently agreed that they will fibre upgrade street cabinet no.26 at the junction of Rake Lane and Station Lane. This is a complete reversal of their earlier decision not to … Continue reading

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How bad is your broadband?

I live in Hydestile and have very poor broadband bandwidth.  I can get 1.8Mbps on a good day.  This is via ADSL2 on a BT line. Surrey Council paid £35m for the Superfast Broadband Scheme to install Fibre Optic cable … Continue reading

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