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BT Wrong-foots Gigaclear as Ashley Village Raise £15k for “Fibre Broadband”

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 (9:14 am) - Score 11,053
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Gigaclear’s hope of being able to roll-out a 1000Mbps capable fibre optic (FTTP) broadband service in the small rural Northamptonshire (England) village of Ashley have been dented after BT successfully encouraged locals to raise £15,000 in order to have their slower ‘up to’ 80Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) solution installed.

Apparently the money was raised in the space of just four weeks (Ashley Broadband Fundraising Campaign), with support from 80% of local residents and 13 small local businesses, and a contract with BTOpenreach has now been agreed. This will see a new Street Cabinet and underground fibre optic infrastructure being built to accommodate the villages 120 homes.

BT has also put some of its own money into the project, although interestingly they don’t say how much. The 50% deposit has now been paid by the village to Openreach with the remaining funds stored in the village account at the Market Harborough Building Society for payment on completion.

It’s also been almost exactly four weeks since Gigaclear announced that Ashley was one of the villages on their target list for an even faster Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP/H) deployment (here) in the Welland Valley area (here), although the investment case has now been weakened by BTOpenreach’s rival development. Still we note that Gigaclear’s deployment wouldn’t have required the community to invest their own money.

Owen Moody, BT’s East Midlands Director, said:

We welcome the opportunity to work with local communities, such as Ashley, so that they can benefit from fibre broadband. The fact that this will be an ‘open’ network available to all broadband service providers on an equal basis ensures the villagers will have access to highly competitive pricing and products from a wide range of providers.

The community of Ashley has shown great vision in coming together and seizing this one-off opportunity to connect to the fibre broadband network. It is a major step forward for the village. Whatever you do on-line you can do it better with fibre broadband. A new fibre customer joins the Openreach network every 22 seconds, 24 hours a day and we look forward to bringing this new technology into Ashley during 2015.”

Ashley is one of several areas in the county to exist outside of the local state aid fuelled Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme with BT (Superfast Northamptonshire), which is one of the reasons why it had been targeted by Gigaclear. As a local update said recently, “Villagers can be assured that our disappointment about the lack of support from Northamptonshire County Council has been made abundantly clear to the relevant councillor“.

Never the less BT said that their development will start in the “coming months” and the first customers should then be able to go live during Spring 2015. It’s perhaps no coincidence that one of the leading village residents and campaigners, Adrian Forsell, is also a director for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and therefore commands some influence.

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  1. Avatar DanielM

    more fools the village. i would rather have real fibre than super slow 76Mb copper access.

    • Indeed but it looks as if the Gigaclear path would have meant a potential 3 year wait.

    • Avatar Steve Jones

      That wasn’t the decision the villagers had to make. The actual decision was a guarantee (insofar that anything is 100% certain) of the provision of an FTTC service within about 6 months against gambling the 35% Gigaclear threshold subscription would be met. I also think that installation timescales are more challenging as, in addition to getting fibre to the village, distribution points have to be implemented around the village. I rather think that OR will move heaven and earth to get this in on time as it would be a public relations disaster to let down a community project like this. When this goes live, expect a lot of PR stuff.

      Also, as there will now be fibre to the village, it does open up the possibility (no matter how remote it might be at this stage) of a future FTTP extension.

      I wonder if the village offered that £15k to Gigaclear whether they would have changed their qualification conditions; perhaps relaxed the threshold. Perhaps they did, perhaps they didn’t. I can’t imagine Gigaclear weren’t in contact with the community over the options.

      nb. does anybody know if the village has a “clawback” condition like the BDUK one has? I would imagine that if uptake approached 100% it might change the economics.

    • Avatar James Harrison

      @Steve, 15k probably would’ve made a difference but I don’t think the village is near an existing Gigaclear network so it’d have been a wait either way. It’s probably around 1/5th of the total cost of doing the village, if you consider backhaul etc, so it’d make a reasonable dent in the initial cost but not enough for it to be a no-brainer. Digging stuff up is expensive, after all.

      On the other hand, the village (looking at gmaps) is quite well clustered together – it’s not like some places where it’s very spread out – so FTTC may well be a pretty decent option for them in the short term. Given Gigaclear will be in the area at a later time, they can potentially get upgraded to GC FTTP if there’s demand for it. So I wouldn’t say it’s a really silly choice.

      I agree BT are unlikely to want to let this one fail, but then they’ve historically screwed up plenty of community sponsored builds and competitive bids – so who knows?

    • @Steve the £15k for cabinet and I assume 2km of fibre and a contribution to the spine is what would be expected in any bottom up assessment.

      Given the County is paying c£40k each £8.16m subsidy for c200 cabinets- why would it would be so different? And Northampton did not take the £800k USC premium which would have brought the total nearer the national BDUK average?

      I think this is deemed private match funding and has no clawback mechanism.

    • Avatar DTMark

      “why would it would be so different?”

      As customer choice increases, or may increase, prices reduce.

      Imagine if that template and approach had been used for the BDUK model – none of the cabs would have cost 40k.

    • Avatar WVBG

      Daniel

      You have it in one, they jumped the gun.

      BT applied normal commercial sales tricks, suggested it was a once only chance. And someone inferred that Gigaclear were not a solid player.

      Would I buy from a salesman who started at £48k and ended up at £15k – that isn’t a discount it is an insult!!

      Wait a couple of months for the fastest sign up process Gigaclear has ever seen to progress ……. or condemn the village to crappy copper or worse dodgy Aluminium circuits for years to come

      Reliable – up the road I have had 9 openreach call outs in 3 months to try to get back to 1Mb on my ADSL. They appeared chaotic, uncoordinated and badly managed – really nice engineers however, and one or two of the 9 had real knowledge and skill!

  2. Avatar James Harrison

    According to their press release PDF BT are indeed going to be singing from the rooftops about this one. This one is more interesting though as it suggests that BDUK funding was forthcoming, but that because Gigaclear expressed interest in building in the village (note that they had not planned a build or given any confirmation they would do it) the BDUK funding was withdrawn, and so if Gigaclear hadn’t said they were interested, BDUK would have paid for the cabinet and it’d have been done under BDUK. State aid would prohibit an overbuild by BDUK if a Gigaclear network in the area existed, or if there were plans for a build (eg they’d hit threshold of interest and were on the list for actually happening) but I don’t believe it would prohibit building in an area where there are no other firm commercial plans. Otherwise BT could claim they were considering (but had no firm plans to) upgrade cabinets in practically any location to block competing state aid, which isn’t the case (Gigaclear got state aid funding in Northmoor).

  3. Avatar rich

    £15,000… 80% support… 120 homes

    So BT and the local authority are trying to claim each of those 80% “support” all coughed up around £100 each?

    • Avatar Steve Jones

      The local authority are probably not claiming anything given this quote from the village campaign. I rather think they will be keeping their heads down.

      “*Villagers can be assured that our disappointment about the lack of support from Northamptonshire County Council has been made abundantly clear to the relevant councillor.”

      Of course the BT PR team are going to have to steer a careful path here, as they will not want to embarrass the county council and thereby undermine relationships this way.

      In any event, I don’t see BT or the local authority having to make any statements about who individually put the money up for this. Why get into that sort of detail. You just praised what is a community initiative and how happy you are as a company to support it.

      http://www.ashleyvillage.co.uk/images/Broadband/Copy%20for%20December%20newsletter.pdf

    • Avatar DTMark

      Generally, in community projects, there will be one or two “anchor” contributors who put more money in.

      Lets hope the contributors who put the most money in, have had the differences between VDSL and fibre-optic delivery clearly explained, and they’re not the ones at the end of 1000m of the GPO’s best aluminium circuitry, or they’ll be heading back to Gigaclear only to be told that the commercial case has gone now and then in turn back to Openreach to spend thousands of pounds on a single fibre-optic broadband circuit.

    • Avatar No Clue

      “Generally, in community projects, there will be one or two “anchor” contributors who put more money in.”

      Agreed though that is not what the story says it does clearly say “support from 80% of local residents and 13 small local businesses” Which would mean based on the other figure quoted of “120 homes” then each house (of the 80% of that 120) did indeed all contribute over £100.

      Smells like more BT bull to me.

  4. Avatar Ali

    “The fact that this will be an ‘open’ network available to all broadband service providers on an equal basis ensures the villagers will have access to highly competitive pricing and products from a wide range of providers.”

    So no different to Gigaclear then, who also open their network on a wholesale basis…

    • Avatar DanielM

      Huge difference though. bt is installing a copper service which suffers alot of problems (think turbocharged adsl2+)

      Gigaclear will win in every way.

      to name a few

      Lower ping
      real fibre optic broadband
      same upload same download
      less congestion worries.
      lower jitter.

    • Avatar Ali

      DanielM – agreed, just making the point that BT seem to be insinuating that the alternative network (Gigaclear) if it rolled out would mean that customers would only have the choice of a Gigaclear service… which just isn’t the case.

    • Avatar DTMark

      It’s a hard sell for Gigaclear.

      As we all know, since OFCOM tell us so: you don’t need a new network or any fibre to the premises in order to deliver fibre-optic broadband, because it can be piped down phone lines.

    • Avatar TheFacts

      @DdanielM – 5 points that make little difference to many (majority of?) potential customers.

    • Avatar DanielM

      @TheFacts

      For old people maybe. but with fibre optic broadband there is so many benefits. things are faster. no problems due to weather bad phone lines etc.

      perhaps you should give fibre optic broadband a try then reply. it’s a huge difference compared to copper.

    • Avatar DTMark

      Anything’s quicker than ADSL.

      Even sending data on hard drives through the postal system is quicker than ADSL.

      Having got used to 50 Meg upstream now, VDSL’s maximum rate of 20 Meg seems so yesterday.

      People will notice the benefits you state, or lack thereof.

      But by the time they do, alternative options will be nowhere to be seen.

    • Avatar X66yh

      I agree with @Thefacts.
      While DanielIM is correct in the 5 points, the vast majority of the general population do not care about such things and even do not care about how superfast is delivered: FTTC or FTTP.
      They are so busy dealing with children, schools, house, car problems, elderly infirm relatives and the rest that broadband really is a long way down their list of “top issues”.

  5. Avatar fastman2

    Ali

    December 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    pricing and products from a wide range of providers.”

    So no different to Gigaclear then, who also open their network on a wholesale basis

    so if that is the case who are the CP’s using Gigaclear

    • Avatar X66yh

      Gigaclear do not open their network on a wholesale basis when they are working without any state funding: they are the ISP for their subscribers – and the only project they have done with state funding (RCBF money) is Northmoor.

    • Avatar Ali

      @fastman http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2013/07/gigaclear-opens-uk-rural-fibre-optic-broadband-network-to-more-isps.html

      @X66yh They do provide services themselves as an ISP, but also wholesale the network (see above) for other service and content providers, if they so wish to use it.

    • Avatar James Harrison

      Gigaclear provide wholesale prices and open access. They’re required to under the Northmoor contract, as noted above, but generally provide it anyway because it makes sense for them to do so.

      Having said that, no, not many ISPs provide it as an option because the customer base is so small at present. However I’m aware of quite a few businesses using the wholesale service and a fair few people in local villages whose business ISPs (ie, internet provided by a company) are now using the Gigaclear network instead of BT. So it’s more B2B uptake than consumer ISPs, which makes sense given they’re already targeting proportionally smaller client bases. It’s not yet at the point where you can order BT broadband on your Gigaclear line – where’s the incentive for that? BT actively work to harm Gigaclear’s reputation, to scare people off it, and to make it look like an awkward and difficult option. And yeah, actually, some people will not buy Gigaclear even when they have the option to to do because they’ve got BT Sport…

    • Avatar No Clue

      LOL so the BT troll is wrong again.

  6. Avatar X66yh

    Ali
    I’m in an area which GC are seeking to expand into.
    So,you would think I might actually know what they have told me.

    Yes it is their intention to give access to other ISP’s over their network.
    Yes, they did say their intention was to have it sorted during 2014…all at extra cost no doubt.
    Yes, I have sat in a Gigaclear community meeting where the above was said and discussed with the audience.

    ….and no, nothing more whatsoever has been heard since, and given that I agree this is an issue, with things like retention of ISP email services, you would have thought GC would have been singing from the rooftops about it if it was operational: they ain’t.

    Actually their ISP “services” are pretty well zero. In effect they are a pure connectivity supplier only.

    • Avatar Ali

      Refer back to the point James Harrison made above about the size of potential customer base GC currently offer to a larger content/service provider. Large proportion of people will want to make sure they can get BT Sport or Sky Sports etc with their service. Once Gigaclear and other similar carriers hit a threshold of potential customers, there’s no reason why a larger content provider wouldn’t look at using the infrastructure already in the ground to get their service to a customer, wherever they are. TalkTalk and Sky are already doing trials with CityFibre.

    • Avatar No Clue

      You will soon find Ali the multi named troll even when shown to be wrong by more than one person will continue to try to prove it is correct.

    • Avatar Simon

      Exactly.

      As a resident of Ashley (and one of those that contributed) these are the reasons I contributed.

      1) Gigaclear as an ISP offer almost nothing apart from a physical connection, (it’s not even clear if they offer basic mail relay services etc).

      2) lack of disruption – having only recently managed to get the roads resurfaced in Ashley, (a major achievement in Northamptonshire), the idea of having them dug up for new cable was somewhat unattractive.

      3) Openreach gives us access to just about every ISP out there, so for people to upgrade does not involve changing ISP’s with all the agro that can cause, (I have a very good relationship with my ISP and have every reason NOT to change).

      4) I don’t have a need for Gigabit internet (and I would argue 99.9% of users can’t actually ‘use’ 1Gb speeds anyway)

      5) Cost – by the time you add it all up, Gigaclear are no cheaper and can be quite a lot more (depending on what you call like for like). For me, to switch to FTTC will cost me nothing both in installation and monthly costs (from my existing ISP), and whilst it has cost me in my contribution to the ’cause’, (and it was more than £100), it’s still less than the installation/connection charge for Gigaclear/Boxcom and without the 12+3 month rolling contract.

      6) Dependability – Whilst Openreach have their issues, they will still be about next year and on, they have the support staff to fix faults, etc etc. To put some numbers to this, my current ADSL MAX service has been ‘up’ for some 23,000 hours without interruption (last time the router was un-plugged).

      7) Quality of network installation – Openreach have a very robust duct network, Gigaclear appear to just bury cable in the road without even manhole access, exactly how maintainable is that long term?

      8) Network resilience – Gigaclear have been anything but clear on their backbone network, (so far as I can tell they rent backhaul network of Vodafone?), no mention of any diversity/backup, etc.

      Obviously, others will have different priorities/needs, but these were mine.

      Personally, I am somewhat unimpressed that Gigaclear managed to ‘spike’ the BDUK programme in Northamptonshire forcing us to have to pay for it ourselves, as well as the way they went about setting up so called “Welland Valley Broadband Group” that was nothing more than a Gigaclear sponsored sales & marketing forum.

      Lastly, Yes, I am fully aware of the advantages of FTTP over FTTC, however, I don’t need 1Gb internet – would you buy a La Ferrari that can do 200Mph when a Ford Focus actually is more suited to your needs? What possible domestic application requires more than FTTC can provide today? (and tomorrow we have G-Fast to look forward to).

    • Avatar No Clue

      ^^^ what a load of BT PR bile…
      “2) lack of disruption – having only recently managed to get the roads resurfaced in Ashley, (a major achievement in Northamptonshire), the idea of having them dug up for new cable was somewhat unattractive.”

      Try looking at the street and all the nice spray paint red lines where BT are going to dig holes.

    • Avatar Simon

      Sorry to disappoint, but I do not work for BT, and these were *MY* views.

      As for red paint, once again, sorry to have to disappoint you, but none of that (or any other colour), the only civil’s will be to locate the new cabinet on the pavement next to the existing distribution cabinet, the new fibre cable will be in existing ductwork.

      Cost wise, yes, it’s disappointing that we have had to pay for this, we as a village get precious little back for the local taxes we pay, and it’s somewhat galling that Northants have been given the money to do this work yet none of it is being used.

      Fortunately, we as a village are just about big enough to be able to share out the cost to get it done, sadly the other smaller villages around us are probably not, so they get left behind (which is exactly what the BDUK programme was supposed to cover).

      (Worth mentioning at this point that we are all still on ADSL MAX, we never even got ADSL2 (21CN), so were already several years behind.)

      Now, as others have already questioned, is BDUK BT taking advantage of the government? well, kind of depends on where you view it from?, my personal view on this all is that Openreach should never have been privatised, the cable/duct network is effectively national asset, and the way it was sold off was laughable (as have Ofcom been from day one), it’s incredibly expensive to duplicate this for a competitor, thus making it uneconomic, so for rural area’s like here, Virgin/etc simply cannot justify the spend (and I know that have re-looked at this several times over the last 10+ years).

      I am sure BT are milking BDUK to some extent, but going on the figures we have been presented with during this process, it’s not going to make them rich, their funding gap model is based on 11 year payback.

    • Avatar No Clue

      Oh so you think they are going to place a new cabinet with no digging either. Good luck with that.

    • Avatar fastman2

      FYI

      its miniscule civls and no civils between cab and any premises

    • Avatar No Clue

      It involves digging end off discusion.

  7. Avatar gerarda

    Now we know the cost to the community of a BT cabinet when there is competition around compared to the cost when there is no such competition

    • That’s not even competition, that is the difference between Openreach doing it and BT Group chasing state aid.

      Competition would get the subsidy down further.

    • Avatar noneneeded

      i believe the expression is don’t wee in my pocket and tell me its raining

    • Avatar fastman2

      Gerads

      each gap to each community is bespoke and depends on what needs to be done, how close the fibre is , what the local infrastructure is and now many premises are serviced (that figure could be anywhere between 10 – 150k depending- on where your are

    • Avatar fastman2

      gerarda fraid not

  8. Avatar fttx

    I can see why the residents would go with BT on this occasion, too long a potential wait for GC.

    It would be good if GC built it anyway, I would love to see a ‘head to head’ build. Like the one B4RN will hopefully have in their Dolphinholme village.

  9. Avatar Graham

    I live in an area that is receiving our BDUK ‘superfast’ upgrade early next year along with GC 1Gb FTTP service (we reached our sign up threshold about a month ago) and are not far from Ashley. It should be a very interesting 2015 and will be great to compare residents who opt for the BT service and people, like me, who have signed up for the GC service. I await the discussions in the pub which service provides the better service 🙂

  10. Avatar noneneeded

    TheFacts
    December 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    @DdanielM – 5 points that make little difference to many (majority of?) potential customers.

    Are you literally stupid?

    Pure fiber beats fiber and then copper cable. When you get a basic idea how the internet works you know that, if you learn what dial up and adsl is you know what fiber is, and fiber to the cabinet is a national embarassment of bt being cheap, controlling and bloody useless as usual.

    Lower ping
    kids play minecraft these days, here of that grandad?

    real fibre optic broadband
    streaming iplayer doesn’t work well on crap connections

    same upload same download
    300kbps upload will never help those with a half serious youtube account

    less congestion worries.
    yes. but its only a faster wire to a faster wire, get rid of unnessecary bandwith useage gchq and mi5 and we’d be fine. and more free.

    lower jitter.
    no one wants bad net.

  11. Being an Ashley resident and part of the group that raised the money our situation was pretty unique. We are located in Northamptonshire on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border. Leicestershire villages near us including Medbourne are getting the BT system for free under the BDUK programme. We couldn’t because Northamptonshire County Council in their wisdom with no consultation from villagers choice Gigaclear as the commercial provider no doubt saving them money. We subsequently learnt that the fibre supplying the Leicestershire villagers was passing within a 100 metres of our Village. We decided to tap into that system. Originally Openreach quoted us £49,000 before coming down to £15,000. Some villagers barely get 1mbps and we know that with BT our fibre speeds will vary according to distance from the cabinet and will be between 30 to 80 mbps.
    BT I see from the press have made significant developments where working with the present copper system much faster speeds can be achieved. So in time speeds will get better one hopes.
    One also has to ask how financially sound Gigaclear is!

    • Avatar nga for all

      @Adrian, the trip from £49k to £14.4k can you expand upon?

    • Hi Adrian

      As Gigaclear are planning to go public, are laying a priceless capability in the earth which will last longer than copper and seem to be doing rather well at it.

      1) They will survive, go public and make a fortune as an infrastructure only provider

      2) They will sell out and users will find themselves with a new provider

      In the unlikely event that they fail, then the existing network will be snapped up by another ISP or provider

      They have excellent financial backing ….. why do you question their capability

      Xavier – Which village are you in?

  12. Avatar Stephen

    I am a Resident in Aynho. In August 2014 we had a letter from NCC stating that Gigaclear would consider a network in Croughton and Aynho. 4 months later we now have 80% of the actual orders for Gigaclear to install their Network and it looks like we will have the FTTP network operational by May 2015. Both Parish Councils were very active in getting in contact with Gigaclear and then raising awareness to get the 30% interest levels required for orders to be taken. Gigaclear started taking orders on 20 November. What will I be paying – £100 connection fee and then the Gigaclear monthly costs which are comparable to BT’s Infinity. BT tried a spoiling tactic for their FTTC – but they never even got as far as giving us the amount to raise. Technically Gigaclear wins hands down. Yes for the next couple of years we will have to use Gigaclear as the ISP – but in truth most ISPs bundle services which you do not use! Gigaclear is also future proofed – Yes I do not need at 1Gbps service now – but what in 5/10 years. Experience from villages which have Gigaclear’s service is very positive. I am sure for Ashley they have made a decision based on their own needs – however for Aynho & Croughton Gigaclear has the potential to transform our internet experience. We will have FTTP next year. Copper wires have had their day! Broadband is a utility in its own right now and requires a dedicated connection. By the way BT can even maintain a reliable ADSL service at present within our villages!

    • Avatar Stephen

      Last sentence should have said “By the way BT can not even maintain a reliable ADSL service at present within our villages!

  13. Avatar Xavier

    I also live in an area very near to Ashley, in the Welland Valley, Leicestershire, and my area in Leicestershire is now accepting orders for the service, which is great. I too live in a village that falls outside the Superfast programme, despite Medbourne receiving fibre just 2 miles away, along with another village, Bringhurst, less than a mile away, and, meters after that, Great Easton as well. Yet my village was not going to get fibre, and BT’s solution was to pay a gap fund of at least £50,00 just to get fttc mabye late next year, or wait until 2017, when the Superfast Extention programme may begin and bring fibre
    To the village. Gigaclear will bring fibre, subject to initial orders, by this summer, and it won’t be hard to get thes orders as over 50% interest has already been shown in my village, and the 35% level exceeded in the wider area. It’s an excellent oppertunity to get far faster speeds and divorce yourself from often unrealiable Openreach copper network put in place so many years ago. Instead, you have a brand new, full fibre network straight to your house. What’s not to like?

  14. Avatar WVBG

    Hmmmmmm

    Ashley have acted to protect their position and ignored the plight of all the villages around and collective power.

    £200 per head – £15,000 for about 800m of fibre and a dslam from their existing supplier. Is that a good deal?

    Gigaclear is a few miles up the road in Rutland and heading their way.

    Gigaclear may well dig Ashley anyway as there are quite a few sage villagers who want proper fibre with 2gbs capacity

    Welland Valley Broadband Group was formed of 12 local village representatives mostly parish councillors. There was no preconceived view, personally I had no prior knowledge of Gigaclear.

    Clearly when we decided the community needed the best broadband solution and persuaded Gigaclear to collect interest we were delighted.

    The Gigaclear project proceeds apace but is not yet secure with BT getting very active in the 2 bduk villages within the area.

    Ashley investors may prove wise having been frogmarched to order FTTC, they may all make a wise decision and order Gigaclear despite the £200! Or they may end up with the slowest internet in the Welland Valley – nothing is yet clear!

    Do we need 2gbs, probably not quite yet, but it certainly won’t be a disadvantage.

    Will Gigaclear let us down, hopefully not, they have just upgraded the first fttc village in the country to fttp – lucky Lyddington!

    • Avatar Simon

      WVBG – right…

      so, no members of your group were representatives of Gigaclear then?

      (do you want me to start posting their names up?)

      Look, everybody is all for open competition, but being honest and upfront are somewhat key requirements.

  15. Avatar Michael

    Gigaclear just left us hanging. After 18 months including a bodged installation in the nearby area, repeated delays and false promises that it was ‘coming soon’ our village just received an email saying it would cost us £150,000 to connect and that we could band together to fund it if we wanted to. BTW their fibre is about 800m away from the village so why this would cost £150k is beyond me.

    How can I get in touch with Openreach to see if we could fund a fibre cabinet like in this article?

    • Avatar Simon

      Where abouts are you talking about?

      For the East Midlands, it’s Paul Bimson, Regional Partnership Director – East Midlands.

      (Don’t think it’s appropriate to post up his contract numbers here, but I am sure you can guess what his email address is.)

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