Super Fast Broadband Comes to Brockham in September
Brockham resident Bob Bartlett attended the Surrey County
Council and BT Superfast Broadband presentation at Denbies last
Bob's account of the day is as follows:-
There are two distinct parts to SFBB introduction into the
village - the fitting of fibre optic cables from the exchange
(Betchworth is being upgraded) to the green boxes and from there
copper wire to the home or business. It is possible if you wish to
pay to have the fibre optic cable laid to your house or business -
that might prove expensive.
It was a bit muddled as to speed of the megabytes per second
you will achieve. There are variables such as how far you are from
the green box i.e. how long your particular copper cable is and the
general local usage i.e. peak and down times. The maximum is 80mbps
which could drop to 20 or even 15 mbps as a worse case (this is the
contractual minimum). It may become a selling point for your house
- we live next to the BT green box!
The project led by SCC and BT is the most ambitious in
probably the world with a 99.7% target to give everyone access.
Most councils in the UK settle around 90% but SCC will examine
every case (they reckon on about 1200) where the "traditional"
methods do not work and look to the provision of wireless,
satellites or any other solution. They are committed to getting
everyone access to broadband. Broadband should be perceived as a
utility and as important as the other services.
Already much of the county is covered by previous commercial
initiatives but areas such as Brockham and other villages will now
be dealt with as "intervention areas". This is being planned now
and some of the Brockham RH3 area will have access by September
2013 others by the end of 2014. I have a list of RH3 post codes but
some are missing such as parts of Wheelers Lane. You can email me
if you wish me to check your post code.
BT will provide the cabling to your home and that comes as a
part of the project funded by BT/SCC and central government. It is
then up to the business or householder to decide if they want
access and if they do, to take out a contract with an internet
service provider (ISP) which may or may not be BT. Until companies
are in a position to offer a SFBB contract pricing will not
The aim is to get a minimum of 20% take up and if this
happens BT will start to pay back SCC some of their investment.
There is therefore a commercial and local authority imperative to
concentrate on demand stimulation. This however should not just be
seen as commercial advantages. Individuals will increasingly need
access to broadband for business, personal administration,
schooling/training, and entertainment such the watching of TV,
iplayer or downloading films.
There is a website with further information http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/
So what do we need to do locally? More information will
follow but there is a need to ensure people are digitally competent
and able to feel confident in accessing the
It is therefore recommended that the parish council
and the village club to consider:
1. Appoint a SFBB
"Champion" for the parish to maintain liaison with the SCC
2. Work possibly with the
village club to provide daytime access to
computers and tutors to enhance individual capabilities. (There is
public access at Strood Green Stores but this may
not be suitable for training.) It may be possible to establish some
form of "training centre" in Kenward Court at
3. It may be possible for
businesses or the local authority where they have many computer
literate staff to contribute as volunteers to training
non-users. It may also be possible to obtain computer
4. To obtain funding to meet
the costs of this initiative. Some funds may possibly be obtained
from SCC or http://www.go-on.co.uk/
or from local charities or initiatives.
5. Such an initiative would
enhance the use of the village club during the day thereby meeting
one of their aims and helping the older and less advantaged members
of the community to overcome their fear of the technology.
6. A further possibility is
developing a "buddy" system where user volunteers
and non-users are paired and work in homes to increase
7. It may also be possible
that through the Youth Council the young can
become tutors to the not so young.
If you have any queries get back to me; I will try and
answer the question or send it on the team at County Hall.
Bob can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org