High Speed Fibre-Optic Broadband for Rural Communities – US..!!

Dear Fellow Resident,
H.M.Government has recently provided Kent County Council with a large sum of money which has to be used to provide High Speed Fibre-Optic Broadband to Rural Communities which currently suffer from slow broadband.
Boughton Aluph (including Boughton Lees) is one such area, our broadband service is provided via copper telephone cable for much of the 7kilometer distance from here to the exchange and is extremely slow and is frequently unreliable. A typical download speed for us is 0.5Mbps but with Fibre-Optic cable we could reasonably expect speeds up to and in excess of 2Mbps – even 7Mbps or more eventually as the technology develops.
Without Fibre-Optic Cable we will remain unable to fully participate in the modern world of information technology as it develops should we wish to.
The funding is currently available but limited so we have to ask for it now. Communities which register a high demand are the ones which are most likely to get a positive response.
Some areas to the south of Ashford have already applied for and are receiving their new fast service. The chance may not come around for us again for a very long time so if we want it we must act quickly.
How do I Ask?
Easy! Go to http://www.kent.gov.uk and in the search box type broadband , click on the first result (Broadband in yellow highlight) then on the next page in the second blue box click on Vote now!, or alternatively paste: http://www.kent.gov.uk/community_and_living/community_grants_and_funding/broadband.aspx into your browser.
My name is Alan Vaughan, my wife Pam and I live at Ruscombe Barn, Wye Road, Boughton Lees
Tel: 01233626437
I can be contacted at appmv12@gmail.com should you need any help completing the form, or you can email me for the links.
In order to track and follow-up the Boughton Aluph submissions with Kent County Council it would be really helpful to know how many of us have voted so please email me when you have done so. With Best Regards,
Alan.

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5 Responses to “High Speed Fibre-Optic Broadband for Rural Communities – US..!!”

  1. baewra Says:

    Fibre –Optics, Update 1

    All of Boughton Aluph has now received a copy of the advisory note about voting on the Kent County Council website, if you can’t find yours speak to the dog!
    Many thanks for all of the encouraging support and to those of you who have voted already, please, please, if you have not already done so do it now.
    From the many conversations which I have had over the past couple of days it has become apparent that a few of us mixed-cable users are benefitting from highly respectable download speeds (up to 27Mbps) while the majority are grovelling around in the internet dark ages. This appears, in some cases, to reflect the distance from the Towers to individual modems but not consistently. Frequently some properties report download speeds of 1Kbps or much less while neighbours (or near neighbours) are enjoying speeds of 8-10Kbps or higher.
    This to me suggests that maybe there are also other factors involved in the over-all poor performance of the Boughton Aluph cable network so I am attempting to set up a panel of individuals who can work together with the following aims:
    1. To identify possible weak links in the system.
    2. To identify and quantify any possible relationships between performance and service provider/packages.
    3. To act as a lobby group to promote residents interests with service providers and network managers.
    4. To present a Boughton Aluph submission (in addition to your individual votes) to Kent County Council and to lobby for a successful bid.

    One person with technical experience has already offered to join in and I am hoping that there will be a few more of you with IT, telecommunications, lobbying, badgering, support and inspirational skills who will join us, so if you can help please contact me: 01233626437 and appmv12@gmail.com Thanks,
    Best Regards, Alan Vaughan
    Ps Don’t forget to vote.

  2. fj_ame@yahoo.co.uk Says:

    Dear Alan,

    I’ve voted and am happy to be part of your Action Group if you think I can help. I’m no techno geek but don’t mind knocking on doors to eg survey. Equally happy not to as for the moment I’m all right (Jack) with 4 Mbps lol. Would be great to have a cabinet eg on the Green, though.

    Incidentally, the service beamed to rural properties from Charter (now Panorama) House is Vfast. Two of my neighbours have it. You might check their website.

    Regards (and thanks for taking this on),

    Frank Sent from my iPad

  3. baewra Says:

    BOUGHTON ALUPH & EASTWELL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Up date.. following email on
    Fibre Optic Cable and Broadband Survey

    Almost all of you have voted on the Kent County Council Website for improvements to Fibre Optic Broadband provision in rural areas of Kent.

    The Residents Association Committee is now asking for your support in its efforts to help to make available a good quality, high-speed internet access through the cable network for all residents. This will not involve you having to change providers or cost you more, it is about the network that supports the broadband provider of your choice, so should not involve additional cost.

    As part of the plan we are conducting a survey of the broadband service to all properties in Boughton Aluph and Boughton Lees. We are asking all residents to help by providing us with the following information

    The address of your property

    The name of your provider e.g. BT, Plus Net,
    Virgin, Talk Talk etc
    The name of the package that they provide for you e.g. Unlimited, Infinity etc
    The approximate date when your current package commenced
    Typical download speeds that you get
    You can check this easily on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/diagnostics

    It is important we are able to gather this information quickly so that effective representations can be made to the appropriate organisation, so please, send in your result now, either click forward to Elspeth.watt@aceplanconsultants.co.uk so that you can fill in the questionnaire on line, or you can reply directly on the blog:

    If you have not already registered on the Residents Association Blog, it is really easy to do, there is a section on the right hand side of the home page near the bottom FOLLOW click “+ FOLLOW”, it will request your e-mail address and that is all that is required.

    Kind regards

    Elspeth

    Elspeth Watt
    Secretary BA&ERA

  4. baewra Says:

    Fibre-Optics and Broadband – Update 2

    Thank you All for voting on the Kent County Council website:

    http://www.kent.gov.uk/community_and_living/community_grants_and_funding/broadband.aspx

    Your response has been fantastic.

    I was invited to speak at the Residents Association meeting last week and the Committee have joined us in our quest for improved Fibre-Optic cable service and improved Broadband for every property in Boughton Aluph, thank you. If you know someone who has not yet voted please give them a gentle reminder!

    The second stage – conducting a survey of the broadband reception at every property – is already underway and responses started coming in immediately, if you have not already done so PLEASE find a very small amount of your time to complete the survey (a. Address, b. Providers Name, c. Package Name, and d. download speed). Send the info to me at: lorvat@googlemail.com .

    Many of you have generously offered your help and I would like to take advantage of that now please –

    1. Some residents will not receive this mail so I want every property to receive a flyer inviting them to join the survey. Attached is a circular which can be printed off and distributed, if you can cover a few houses (e.g. your side of the Green, Pilgrims way etc) it will be a great help. Pls. let me know asap.

    2. Once all the info is in I want to generate a map and tables etc showing every property with its relevant information. If you have the necessary insights to make this cyber dream a reality please let me know.

    Many Thanks for your support,
    Best Regards,
    Alan

  5. Elspeth Watt Says:

    You may already know that there is grant money available from KCC to improve rural broadband speeds, but communities have to bid for it. I emailed last week asking for your help in plotting the speeds available across the Parish, of which there are considerable variations. Many who live within reasonable distance of the ‘green box’ by the Towers get excellent speeds, but in some cases neighbours only a few houses away maybe on a totally different speed package. We have recently sent out reminder e-mail from Alan Vaughan and also a flyer which you may choose to print off and distribute to your immediate neighbours in case they have not heard about this initiative, as we do not have everyone’s email address and if you could distribute just a few it would be most helpful. If you want any more information do e-mail me direct for the downloads or copies of the flyer.

    We have had a good response to our initial e-mail request, we still need more. Please help, you can e-mail either Alan (lorvat@googlemail.com) or myself (elspeth.watt@aceplanconsultants.co.uk) with details of your current provider and speeds as indicated below.
    The Residents Association is working with the Parish Council to submit a bid to KCC to improve overall access to faster broadband in the area, this would not be to the detriment of those of you who have good speeds at present and would not cost any more than your current package, it is not about changing providers it is about improving the speed of your downloads, so that it will be possible to fully utilise the internet even if just to catch up on BBC I-Player without the inevitably buffering and freezing delays we currently experience.

    Your co-operation is much appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Elspeth
    Elspeth Watt
    Secretary BA&ERA
    01233 813235
    07980 570658

    Fibre-Optics and Broadband – Update 2
    Thank you All for voting on the Kent County Council website:

    http://www.kent.gov.uk/community_and_living/community_grants_and_funding/broadband.aspx
    Your response has been fantastic.
    I was invited to speak at the Residents Association meeting last week and the Committee have joined us in our quest for improved Fibre-Optic cable service and improved Broadband for every property in Boughton Aluph, thank you. If you know someone who has not yet voted please give them a gentle reminder!
    The second stage – conducting a survey of the broadband reception at every property – is already underway and responses started coming in immediately, if you have not already done so PLEASE find a very small amount of your time to complete the survey (a. Address, b. Providers Name, c. Package Name, and d. download speed). Send the info to me at: lorvat@googlemail.com .
    Many of you have generously offered your help and I would like to take advantage of that now please –
    1. Some residents will not receive this mail so I want every property to receive a flyer inviting them to join the survey. Attached is a circular which can be printed off and distributed, if you can cover a few houses (e.g. your side of the Green, Pilgrims way etc) it will be a great help. Pls. let me know asap.
    2. Once all the info is in I want to generate a map and tables etc showing every property with its relevant information. If you have the necessary insights to make this cyber dream a reality please let me know.
    Many Thanks for your support,
    Best Regards,
    Alan


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