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#1
I find it somewhat frustrating that information regarding broadband projects etc does not reach the people who need it.  Quite simply put, if people live in an area with poor or no internet access then it can prove very difficult to keep up to date on these matters.
#2
Getting information about Lincolnshire's broadband project to people who are not using the internet is a real issue. We do have a weekly newsletter however this is electronic and goes to those who have registered with Onlincolnshire but this information of course does not always get to those that have poor internet access.

Part of our communications strategy includes sending updates and information to parish clerks, the District Councils and other partners to include in their newsletters and websites. We would welcome any ideas to help us get this project information out to those who cannot access it easily.

Onlincolnshire back a campaign that is trying to combat this called Go On which encourages people to become Digital Champions to help others get online. This can be done anywhere including local libraries if someone doesn't have internet access.

I too find this frustrating and wish I had a solution where we could reach everyone with our news.

Jenny Evans
Onlincolnshire Team
#3
Is it possible to send the weekly news letter to all local newspapers?
Rob
#4
What needs to happen as a matter of urgency from the council is the publication of which exchanges will be in 90% and which will be in the 10% (which will not get super fast broadband before 2015).

I accept that such information is quite devisive politically but being nearly halfway through 2012 we all really know what's going on by now.
#5
The County Council won't know which areas are in the last 10% until we are in procurement, which is scheduled for during May/June. Until then we need to keep up the demand stimulation to show evidence to the suppliers the need for faster broadband is there.
#6
The last point is the most crucial for those communities likely to be in that 10% - as the DEFRA/BDUK/CommunityLincs application process is due to start on the 8th May!
Many villages/areas will be disadvantaged by finding out TOO LATE that they are in the 10% likely not to benefit directly from the 90% of the money LCC has added (from 'our' rates) to the BDUK grant.
Demand stimulation by our Parish Council in Tallington has pushed us to the top of the list of villages registered on the OnLincolnshire database but that means nothing if we can't get a supplier willing to help us in the procurement process - BT has already backed out as FTTC isn't possible here (we haven't got a cabinet)!
Our need is to find sufficient funding to provide FTTH - now likely to be the only technology able to provide Superfast Broadband here!
Our worry is that we stimulate demand before we know ANYTHING is technically possible and then get egg on our faces and risk being not elected next time due to raising false hopes - damned if we do, damned if we don't!
#7
Your efforts that have put Tallington at the top of the list of communities with the largest number of registrations on onlincolnshire.org (106) is very commendable. Whilst we appreciate that it is frustrating that this does not translate into an immediate solution, it is nevertheless an important step. Showing to potential suppliers where there is demand for improved broadband will  be a significant factor in our negotiations with them.

The status of the BDUK project is that we expect to be procuring over the summer of 2012. The contract  should be awarded towards the end of the year, with the work commencing by early 2013. It will be up to suppliers to propose the best technological solutions - which may be different in different localities and may not necessarily involve fibre.  

For those areas that dont receive a superfast service from the BDUK project and where there is demand for it, other solutions will need to be found. The Rural Community Broadband fund run by Defra is one potential source of funding, suitable for larger community projects of around 1000 premises, as the application process is very onerous. For an alternative example of a community project, see the case study for Scothern  http://www.onlincolnshire.org/case-studies?Case=37 and news story http://www.onlincolnshire.org/news/broadband-news/151

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