• RobL

    by Published on 07-11-2011 08:38 AM   

    The survey went out to a little more than 1900 people, both on paper and online. We had nearly 600 responses, which is a turnout worthy of a general election. Interest remains high! Without further ado, please find the (weighty) PDF file containing analysed results produced by Councillor Chris Woodward who is chairing the broadband working party looking at options right now.
    Survey results are avilable HERE
    by Published on 06-11-2011 04:14 PM

    In an attempt to explain some of the myth around "Superfast" and "up to X Mb/s" advertising, I've created a diagram to explain at a high level what really happens when your broadband modem communicates with the Internet. It's not just your little bit of copper than runs out of your home back to the telephone exchange, or the street cabinet, but after that, BT have a piece of fibre (probably) which is configured to have a LIMITED amount of bandwidth and carries ALL the traffic from all the houses and business connected to the exchange.

    BT haven't told us yet what that bandwidth is from NDLAN, nor are they likely to, as that may make them look "cheap". So, to draw your own conclusions about whether ISPs should explain what happens after the wire from your house or not, here's the diagram.

    Bandwidth - Traffic.pdf

    by Published on 05-11-2011 03:07 PM

    Thought I'd put some notes together on the Selling project, to put into context what they've achieved against what we're considering doing in Speldhurst (a tad bigger!).

    Selling (near Canterbury) is a small village of around 340 properties. It currently gets intermittent/very low broadband speeds. It engaged a company called ICS to build a fibre to the home (FTTH) network to connect every property.

    KCC provided a grant of 50K to which ICS added funds to pay for the project.

    Once residents' traffic leaves the FTTH homenetwork on its way to the internet, it travels via the local primary school's existing fibre connection. Given the current costs of transit over the KPSN (Kent Public Services Network) the 20Mb/s per user limitation is most likely due to traffic costs across this network.

    The Speldhurst broadband crew are hoping to visit the project team in Selling to get more information on how they achieved what BT and Virgin could not!
    by Published on 05-10-2011 01:46 AM

    The map below shows the average download and upload speed across the parish for each survey response. Enjoy foraging for the lucky folks, and the not so lucky.

    View SPC Broadband Survey Responses in a full screen map

    A great big thanks to everyone who completed the survey. Without your help, making a case to fix broadband in our parish would be impossible.

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