Fibre broadband now available in Kirkby on Bain

Image courtesy ChannelBiz UKThe Parish Council has been notified that fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) superfast broadband internet is now generally available in the village. If you are considering an upgrade to your home, you can either contact your existing broadband provider or shop around for a better deal. Because the fibre-to-the-premises technology is still relatively rare in UK homes, some broadband providers do not accept orders at present. Here is a list of current FTTP broadband providers. Continue reading

Fibre Broadband – the cables are going in!

Image courtesy ChannelBiz UKHaving learned recently from Lincolnshire Broadband Programme Manager Steve Brookes that  “……work is currently on hold because of high build costs…..” imagine my surprise this morning when I saw fast broadband fibre cables being installed in Kirkby on Bain main street. I had a chat with one of the installation crew, and he confirmed that they were installing fibre-to-the-premises cable today. They also kindly allowed me to take a picture, provided they were not in shot:

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Kirkby On Bain Broadband (4G)

From Simon Tydeman:

With the recent news that the village are unlikely to get any upgraded internet in the short term, a number of villagers have been looking at using the 4G network to get faster internet.   Simon Tydeman has recently switched over to 4G and has reported back some positive results.  The Network provider is a company called Smarty who use the Three mobile network. They have a £25 per month unlimited data plan with no reductions in speed over a certain data limit   There is no fixed contract so can be cancelled any time.
If they sign up using the below link they can get a free month.  A £10 donation will also be made to the Parish Council for every new customer.

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Fibre broadband: reality check

In response to the latest enquiry, the Parish Council has been advised by Steve Brookes, Lincolnshire Broadband Programme Manager, on the current situation regarding the lack of fibre broadband in the village:

“Having looked at what I believe are the relevant postcodes for Kirkby On Bain, I can see that work is currently on hold because of high build costs which are sitting at circa three times the upper limit per premises at this point. However, we are still looking at alternatives in an effort to bring costs down. I appreciate that this isn’t particularly helpful at this time, but please be assured that we are working to try to find a resolution.”

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So where is our fast broadband?

Image courtesy ChannelBiz UKLast January Paul Bimson, Regional Partnership Director, BT East Midlands, assured Kirkby on Bain Parish Councillor Simon Tydeman that: “Openreach are working to have all of the necessary engineering work completed and fibre cables installed and operational during Q3 of this year.” At the last Parish Council meeting I reported that engineers had been spotted in the village surveying for the new service, which raised a few hopes yet again, but by my reckoning Q3 (third quarter) ended yesterday.

So where is it Mr Bimson?
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Planning application, The Old Rectory

East Lindsey District Council planning application reference S/094/00674/18 has been received by the Parish Council and is now being considered. Listed building consent is sought to install two satellite dishes on the roof of the existing dwelling. | THE OLD RECTORY, TATTERSHALL ROAD, KIRKBY ON BAIN, WOODHALL SPA, LN10 6YN

If you wish to comment on this application, please visit this ELDC web page where you can view the associated documents and submit your comments online if you wish. Observations are requested no later than May 3rd 2018.
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Broadband update

Following the Parish Council meeting last week, Councillor Tydeman has shared some interesting news from Paul Bimson, Regional Partnership Director, BT East Midlands:

“Following the initial planning process needed to determine the most viable solution for the village to enable premises to receive superfast speeds via fibre broadband, the selected technology now being planned for deployment is Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).  FTTP is capable of Ultrafast speeds (up to 330Mbps currently but the technology is capable of going much faster.)  Deploying FTTP is complex.  Openreach are working to have all of the necessary engineering work completed and fibre cables installed and operational during Q3 of this year.  To provision FTTP to the village this will also require a key upgrade of the technology located in the serving exchange, hence the extended timescale.”

I understand that this news is unrelated to the Community Fibre Partnership Scheme which I wrote about recently, promoted by a different BT Excecutive, Glenn Fendall.

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