• Our future with BTs copper broadband - already in doubt in Scotland

    Will rural Kent be left out in the broadband cold, like 500,000 in Scotland?

    Already the limitations of "BTs fibre optic broadband" are being discussed by concerned research folk up in Scotland. The 1.2Km restriction on distance over the COPPER (yes, it is copper than you get into your home) will stop you from receiving the 30 Mbps stuff that is required by the EU to call something "Superfast".

    Peter Buneman and Michael Fourman, both researchers from Edinburgh's School of Informatics, have put together a paper called Frustration, to highlight who will and who won't get superfast speeds after the investment under the Step Change programme is complete.

    They say, "The current plans are mostly to bring fibre to existing exchanges and cabinet locations. The data available to us suggests that around 73% of Scotlandís households are served from cabinets, and that less than 69% are connected to a cabinet by less than 1.2 km of copper."

    That's the stuff politicians don't like to talk about. That's the reality of the technology being deployed under BDUK projects today. It has no future and leaves rural folk with nice views with no improvement at all, and no date when they will get decent broadband.

    More detail in this article by Br0kenTeleph0n3 (Ian Grant) who rarely misses a trick in the broadband battlefield.

    Evidence of anti-community behaviour by the BDUK project

    We could be less scathing of the broken technology of the BDUK project if the competitive deployment was on a fair basis, not favouring BT to the cost of any competitors. Currently, a well motivated and energetic community that wants to fix rural broadband, once, with the correct technology, has to do it completely alone with no help from their Local Authority. Worse still, that Local Authority can decide at anytime to use tax payer money from BDUK to cover precisely the same territory. BT may decide to put the community effort out of business, and say "we're coming now, with our copper". That's nice, but for who?

    West Sussex's privately funded Kijoma are also being snubbed and built over by BT, and Gigaclear have pulled out of the Dun Valley, Wiltshire due to BT deciding to go there with tax-payer money. Even B4RN is putting up with tax-payer funded BT build-over, which doesn't seem to be having a measurable affect on their success as B4RN got there first - thankfully.

    More detail in the Br0kenTeleph0n3 article - here.

    With this kind of behaviour, Local Authorities and government are making the rural broadband outcome a fait accomplis. Surely they have to start listening soon?

    We need strong communities, who will send clear messages to Local Authorities that they are NOT to fall foul of the politics and dead-end technology being proffered by BT and BDUK. There are other alternatives, that with help from Local Authorities can succeed as B4RN has done in Lancashire.