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Roll out of improved broadband,

#1
Hi,
After going through the three ring circus today of trying to have our connection looked at, only to be told that we are too far from the exchange for a stable broadband that doesn't drop out. As you have announced today in the news letter that the contracts are due to signed in late March and work to start in the summer, how is the broadband going to be improved, is it going to be the case that locations with no broadband are at the top of the list or is it larger areas then filtering down to people with nothing?
On another note speaking to guy from Openreach he was saying that Talktalk have there own kit in some of the exchanges and Mablethorpe being one of them that they seem to be able to handle greater distances than BT. Subsequently thanks to the non existent connection here we are going to have to try and cancel our contract with plusnet.  ,
#2
Hi Roy

We have reached the next step and have gone over the hurdle of getting approval of State Aid in which all publicly funded broadband projects require. However we do not yet know what the plans are from the preferred supplier. Contracts will hopefully be signed in March and at that time we will be able to release any plans by the supplier to the public.

Jenny
Onlincolnshire Team,
#3
So does the "preferred supplier" call the shots as to the rollout or do LCC call the shots? Or is it it a joint effort? This is all very confusing for businesses and consumers alike.

As for the supplier for the FTTC part of the contract- it's nigh on certain to be BT going on other regions of the country.

I hope that there are no more delays in this project going forward and that justification for decisions regarding exchanges being upgraded are given.,
#4
There are a number of technology options we can use depending upon the physical circumstances for each area and customer. On that basis, we are confident that broadband speeds across the county will improve significantly from where they are today. In terms of which locations we go to first, this will be better defined when we get the responses to our Invitation to Tender and a Preferred Supplier has been selected. At that point, we will go through a detailed survey and agree a deployment plan.

In response to Roy's statement in his second paragraph, in the case you describe here, although each Internet Service Provider will provide service over the same physical BT line, they do have some flexibility to control download speeds via their own equipment.,
#5
Thank you for your reply. Just had openreach back today, 3rd visit and still ongoing.

Out of interest what are the conditions of the tender and are we able to view the tender online? ,
#6
"In response to Roy's statement in his second paragraph, in the case you describe here, although each Internet Service Provider will provide service over the same physical BT line, they do have some flexibility to control download speeds via their own equipment."

But is still limited by the 'speed' of the BT line.,
#7
You are technically correct in saying the line is limtited by the 'speed' of the BT line, but there is flexibility to control speeds via the ISP's own equipment, but ultimately the physical length and condition of the BT is what determins the top speed achievable.

With the technologies BT are deploying over FTTC the general rule of thumb is the longer the copper line length, the slower the top speed achievable. Other factors can slow down lines as well though.
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