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#1
The government's promise, oft-stated, is to ensure all households have access to 2Mbps broadband by 2015.  That being the case, it's not like Lincs CC gets to choose which areas it needs to improve service in - basically *every* slow spot needs dealing with.

So remind me what the point of counting registrations is, again?
#2
You are correct that the government has a target of 2mbps for all households by 2015. However, there is an additional aspiration that 90% of all premises in Lincolnshire should have superfast broadband (SFB) by 2015. We cannot stress strongly enough that it is vitally important that all of us continue to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to register on www.onlincolnshire.org. It is our demand registration tool and it will be looked at very closely by potential suppliers. We must remember that the suppliers are being asked to match LCC's £14.3 and BDUK's £14.3 to provide a project of approximately £57 million. As a result there may be a reluctance to invest their £28.6 millions into areas where they do not believe they will recover their investment. That is why we provide the details of where the demand for better broadband is coming from in the county.

#3
From where I'm standing, the 2Mbps by 2015 (or, indeed, anytime 'soon') is subject to suspicion.  

The only provider for most small villages is BT, and BT have no plans to upgrade the poor quality lines (note, *lines* not *exchanges* - my local exchange is capable of 8Mbps, but the line is only good for 800kbps and then only if it isn't windy) in the countryside.

(Unless we're going to use the get-out of 'ah, but satellite's available everywhere so you can get 2Mbps right now', of course.  But that's been true for some time now, and the govt isn't claiming that it's met its target, so I'm assuming it doesn't count.)
#4
I should point out we're talking about lines here where about 100 houses (and a school) are served and the run of cable is roughly 7km from the exchange to each house.  The area is probably very similar to lots of other areas in Lincolnshire.

I'm struggling to see how there will ever be a business case for improving the lines out there, even with half the money paid, and even if every single house in the area claimed they needed better broadband.

And that's particularly true since there's no gain to BT - either BT can get 30 quid a month for half-decent broadband, or the same 30 quid a month for the inadequate broadband they serve at the moment since it's in the same 'up to' package.
#5
Clearly a gamechanger for very small communities is 4G, which could prove to force BT to take more action to speed things up.

Alas 4G is a bit of a pipedream at the moment due to legal wranglings but when it finally comes along it should secure 5Mps plus access for the vast majority of the country.
#6
I agree that 4G has consierable potential but is some way off deployment. We are also aware that there are communities that are a significant distance from the exchanges but rememeber an exchange that is capable of 8mbps now is likely to be treble that by 2015. The government is not claiming that the UK has universal 2mbps coverage even though it is avaialble everywhere via Satellite. However, it may be of interest that Cornwall, which is ahead of most of the country in terms of its SFB delpoyment has, according to a large satellite provider, over 5000 satellite users.
#7
I agree with Ian Wells here. Perhaps the answer is for OFCOM to regulate line rental prices so that the charge is proportional to the bandwidth at the customer's master socket.
#8
I agree with Ian Wells here. Perhaps the answer is for OFCOM to regulate line rental so that the charge is proportional to bandwidth at the customer's master socket.
#9
Bryn, there's very little point in touting the wonders of a 24Mbps exchange when I'd still only have an 800kbps line to it.
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