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Spectrum Internet Bring FTTP Broadband to Old School Lane, Bristol

Friday, June 21st, 2019 (12:27 pm) - Score 1,790

Residents living on Old School Lane (Clifton) in the city of Bristol (South West England) can now access a Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network after ISP Spectrum Internet extended their network into the area, albeit with a little help from the Government’s Gigabit Vouchers.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) offers vouchers worth up to £2,500 a pop to help businesses get a new 1Gbps capable connection installed (leased lines, FTTP etc.), while residents are offered up to £500 each but only if they’re part of a local community group that includes small businesses (i.e. up to 10 homes can participate for every one SME).

Apparently locals on Old School Lane were keen to secure something better than the existing crop of slow broadband services. Thankfully they were able to work with Spectrum and the Government’s voucher scheme to get the new network deployed. Spectrum offers services from Openreach (BT) but they also build some of their own infrastructure.

Dave Roberts, Local Resident and Community Champion, said:

“I bought my house in the heart of Bristol 9 years ago. It was one of a new development overlooking the harbour, fabulous! Imagine my horror when I discovered the best broadband available was 6mbs down and 2mbs up! I spent the next 9 years trying to get a better service, even resorting to a very expensive cellular service. Then in 2018 I came across Spectrum and a solution started to materialise.

A few months on and I now have the fastest broadband I have ever encountered! If that is not good enough their customer service is simply the best I have dealt with, what a delight these days to be engaged with such a business. Fantastic!”

Giles Phelps, Spectrum Internet’s Managing Director, said:

“We’re working with a number of communities, like Old School Lane, that not only want ultrafast speeds but also an ultra-reliable service. Families today want to Skype family in Australia or watch the latest release on Netflix or Amazon knowing that their broadband isn’t going to let them down. To do that we need Full Fibre broadband infrastructure installed across the UK -and we’re starting right here in Bristol.”

Sadly it’s not known precisely how many homes along Old School Lane have taken up the service or how much the whole deployment cost. We rarely see single streets being targeted like this and thus it’s an interesting use of the voucher scheme. Spectrum has also recently installed FTTP at Southpoint Industrial Estate in Cardiff.

spectrum internet engineer team

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11 Responses
  1. Avatar TheFacts says:

    Old School Lane, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4 bed terraced house – £995,000

  2. Avatar Joe says:

    Ahh the classic builders pose: hands in pocket or arms folded looking at the job 🙂

  3. Avatar TheFacts says:

    You’ve entered the postcode BS8 4TY
    We’re pretty sure you’ll be able to get your perfect Virgin Media package, but we’ll need to get a bit more info first. Just pop your details in below and we’ll be in touch within ten working days to tell you what services are available there.

    1. Avatar Connie Milton says:

      Virgin Media isn’t installed on Old School Lane. The residents were contacted by Spectrum when the DCMS gigabit broadband scheme first launched in Bristol in 2017 as they were aware no other provider was able to offer ultrafast speeds and back in 2017 you didn’t need a business invovled to connect residents.

    2. Avatar Meadmodj says:

      Emphasises again that the data published by providers may not be accurate and there are holes in VM coverage areas (same where I live). Old School Lane is shown on the VM site and hence other sites as available but apparently not all properties. Ofcom and others should insist ISPs provide accurate data.

  4. Avatar Bob says:

    Completely unrelated to the article, but you might want to remove that Google+ link from your sig Mark.

  5. Avatar Ashley says:

    And yet they won’t even cover me 5 miles outside of cardiff

    oi you knobcheese – pack it in! (you know who)

    1. Avatar CarlT says:

      Did a comment get deleted, Ashley?

      What’s about 5 miles outside of Cardiff? Oh yeah: Newport.

    2. Avatar Ashley says:

      Nah Newport is 15 miles away from Cardiff, 20 miles from me actually- and no my brother said he removed it – I live in a place called Llantrisant – use a map before you comment and look stupid butt!

    3. Avatar CarlT says:

      You can’t remove comments on here. Only the admin can.

      A bit more than 5 miles indeed. I had a very quick look at a map and clearly misread the scale. The geography of Wales isn’t a strong point of mine.

      I apologise for the offence it evidently caused given how vociferous your response was. I clearly could have phrased it better.

  6. Avatar A Welsh person says:

    The sooner we get a real database of connectivity which uses individual property identifiers such as UPRN references the better it will be to identify and choose suitable suppliers.

    With regards my fellow Welsh friend I can only apologise. The Welsh are not all the same. In fact I live in Wales and know the area very well. Even I cannot work out the area this person is mentioning. There is an area known as Llantrisant which is inside the Cardiff City boundary. So not really 5 miles away. Then there is a village called Llantrisant that is in Monmouthshire which is a lot more than 5 miles from Cardiff. There are many locations called Llantrisant in Wales so unless you would like to be more specific it is not very helpful to the many others that for some reason choose not to live next door to you.

    Also as Cardiff City and Newport City are neighbours there is no precise measurement that can be used to define a distance between the two cities. You would have to specify two end points such as the centre of Cardiff to the Centre of Newport. Therefore the measurement of 5 miles or 15 miles could be correct. Without specifying end points you would not know.

    In summary be kind people.

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