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The Basic Broadband

#1
If your in a basic broadband area will your exchange/cabinet be upgraded to the new 21cn system ?, which can allow broadband up to 24 meg if your line can handle it, If not what will they do as some place who already have more than the basic 2 meg are in the basic broadband area ?, how will these properties be bought forward to the 21st century.
#2
for those who are in a not or very limited spot that cannot get ab internet wireless coverage will a satellite subsidy be avaiable like in wales and will this cover those of us who need unlimited broadband allowing us to get fast internet with out the 70+ cost per month ???
#3
Why wont onlincs answer simple questions like what does there site mean when it says you will see a small upgrade in speed due to changes being made?. If there will be a satellite subsidy ?
#4
Hi Tim,

Regarding your first question; being upgraded to the 21st Century Network (21CN) in itself does not affect speed; can I assume that you mean having access to ADSL2+ via 21CN? So the question would be can those in basic broadband areas be upgraded from ADSL or ASDLMAX to ADSL2+? I just want to clarify the question before answering it.

Regarding your second question; there will be some use of satellite to cover those premises that currently have a connection slower than 2Mbps and cannot reasonably be reached by Fibre or Broadband Enabling Technology (BET), but there is currently no plan to provide this for premises that already have access to speeds above 2Mbps.

Owen Williams
Programme Support Officer
Lincolnshire Broadband Programme
Lincolnshire County Council
#5
apologies my question wasnt clear i ment would all the non fibre areas get the adsl2+ upgrade at there exchange, BT are in the process of upgrading all exchanges to 21cn, Also regarding the wireless broadband having made further enquires you have to use ab as your isp my question is why would anyone leave a main stream supplier likw bt virgin sky etc to go with a unknown lincolnshire company based in a street in lincoln ? that alone doesnt fill me with confidence as wireless is so easy to gain access to as report i the msm recently with google getting info from computers while working on there street images.

Apologies for the lengthy question
#6
Would it have not been more prudent to offer smaller wireless areas e.g towns where the broadband use is high and upgrade the exchanges to adsl2+ allowing everyone to keep there ISP and giving them faster speeds more fibre routing could have been done by fund raising and parish council donations (as most share a part in the council tax).and grants from the national lottery which i would spear head to try and raise the funds for it not only for my village but for all.

#7
Hi Tim,

Unfortunately what can be done is somewhat limited because any public funding used could affect the market so is strictly regulated by 'State Aid' regulations. If you already have access to a connection of more than 2Mbps (but less than 24Mbps); you would be classified as being in a 'superfast - white' area. This means that public money could be used to enable/provide access to a superfast broadband connection, but ADSL2+ is not classified as superfast broadband; therefore the State Aid regulations would be breached if public money was used in this way. I appreciate however that knowing the technical reason why something cannot be done doesn’t really help you, so I will raise this with BT and see if I can find out when ADSL2+ upgrades will be taking place.

I would also like to clarify that the article relating to Google accessing personal information, stated that the information was accessed via ‘unsecured Wi-Fi networks’, this is completely different from ‘Fixed Wireless (Microwave)’ technology; I am unaware of any increased security risk posed by a ‘Fixed Wireless’ connection compared to a conventional ‘Wired ‘connection.

Owen Williams
Programme Support Officer
Lincolnshire Broadband Programme
Lincolnshire County Council
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