Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Broadband funding for Dorset

£9.4 million broadband allocation for Dorset

Here is a link to a document released by the government today detailing their commitment to superfast broadband I the uk: http://t.co/RhHnFew

As you can see, Dorset is to receive 9.4 million to help with updating broadband services. Unfortunately, allocations will be left in charge of local councils, and thus if they don't know what to do with the money, it'll be left unspent. However, it looks like local businesses and residents will have a say too, so there is hope here.

So, come on Dorset county Council - now is your chance. The money is there for the taking and the government want to assist rural areas - there should be no excuses anymore.

No excuses.

Posted by Reece de Ville to swanageview at 16/8/11 9:12 AM


Anonymous said...

We may well be raising flase hopes. I just did a speed check for a location in the town centre and this said I should be able to get 17 mbps. Cue for scornful laughter I suspect but does anyone manage this? I have a nasty idea we will be told that we are OK as we are.

Although this money allocation sounds good it is contingent on match funding being found and as all the public bodies are cutting furiously this may not be easy to find. I suspect that a large chunk will go to upgradingg the DCC WAN which provides a network for all CC facilities and schools. The rest on bringing up speeds for rural locations to 2mbps possibly.

Anonymous said...

BT offer a 20mbps business package here. Whether you would see more than 8 is debatable though. I can't help thinking cable is the answer and however much they pay around with ADSL it will never be as good.

Anonymous said...

we can't even get to Wareham on the train!

Anonymous said...

One day you may even be able to get a boat to France from Swanage. Oh, hold on, that was in 1911 not 2011 when you could get a train to London. Perhaps someone will set up an airship service.

The Postman said...

13 Jan 2012 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "New subject":

Welcome email from BT my service provider:-

We’re upgrading your local exchange to give you a better service

On 16-Jan-12, we’ll be upgrading your local exchange to give you a better broadband service. You should get an improved, more consistent connection, and your speed might improve too.

On the day of your upgrade
We should be done by 6pm – but it could be later.
During the upgrade, you’ll lose your broadband and phone connections for up to ten minutes. Unless you’re at home and online when we do the work, you probably won’t notice the downtime. Your broadband and phone should start again automatically.
You might like to keep a mobile phone handy for urgent or emergency calls.

After your upgrade
We’ll email you when your upgrade’s done. Your broadband and phone should have started again automatically by then. But if they haven’t, restart your BT Home Hub or router by pressing the restart or on/off button.

Your line needs time to settle down
After your upgrade, your broadband might slow down or even stop now and again. That’s normal. It’ll take up to ten days for your broadband to settle down. You can help it along by leaving your BT Home Hub on and using your broadband as much as you can for this time.

Will it affect BT Vision?
If you have BT Vision and you’re watching an on demand programme during the upgrade, you’ll see an on-screen error message (V04).
After the upgrade, everything should restart automatically. Any recordings you’ve already saved or scheduled will still be there.
If you get an error message after the upgrade, restart your BT Vision box by holding down the power button for about six seconds.
If other things connected to your phone or broadband line are playing up after the upgrade, you might need to restart them too.

Is this about BT Infinity?
No, this upgrade is part of our ongoing network improvements. If we can offer you BT Infinity, our super fast fibre broadband service, we’ll let you know in a separate email or letter. Or you can check availability at bt.com/infinity

Got a question?
You can find out more about the upgrade at bt.com/networkupgrade. You can get in touch with us from here too.

Thanks for choosing BT,

Warren Buckley
Managing Director, Customer Service