Government to use old technology to get fast(er) broadband to rural areas

They will use copper wire technology rather than fibre which may mean that although people may get faster broadband they will be in the slow lane of the digital highway. And what about the 3% NOT connected by 2020?

” … The scheme will deliver superfast broadband of up to 24Mbps , which will allow families to watch TV on multiple devices at the same time or let children do homework while parents do online shopping or banking.

The government says the rollout means that the proportion of the UK population that can get superfast broadband has risen from just 45% in 2010 to 90%. The goal is 97% by 2020.

“We have made great progress but there is still more to do,” said Bradley.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/dec/22/government-pledges-400m-broadband-fund-to-help-600000-homes?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

4 thoughts on “Government to use old technology to get fast(er) broadband to rural areas

  1. Of course most countries consider that the minimum speed for Superfast broadband is 30Mb not 24Mb.

    And the statistics are wrong – the government continues to confuse (so called) fiber broadband (which is actually only partly fibre) with superfast. I can get “fiber” broadband, but because the fiber cabinet is 2m away, the speed is no different to traditional copper broadband, it just costs twice as much.

    My experience is not untypical for rural areas, even ones only a mile or two from the exchange.

    So I doubt very much that we have achieved 90% superfast broadband in the UK despite what the government says.

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    • Indeed so Paul F.

      You will also find dozens more malcontents corresponding on the B4CDS Facebook page.

      Perhaps of some significance is that Gigaclear have won 4 out of the 6 lots of phase 2 contracts with the other two to be announced early next year. The Gigaclear solution providing an entirely new symmetric 1,000 Mbps true Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) abandoning the rotting Public Switched Telephone Network entirely must surely be the solution for everybody in your areas.

      Even if you are lumbered and although you will probably have further delays, I very much hope that Gigaclear will come to your rescue. Or perhaps the incumbent might just wake up to the fact that even the tiny amount of their horrible monopolistic shared asymmetric FTTH must be scrapped and replaced with Point-To-Point fibre ? Do I see some pigs flying by ?

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  2. There is a big difference in ‘upto 24Mbps’ and 24Mbps. This is something the government can’t grasp. They fall for the telco hype every time, and condemn millions of us to obsolete connections, classified as being superfast but in reality sub meg. Instead of leading the world like we did with our fantastic phone network and the industrial revolution we are now becoming a third world digital nation, stuck on copper for another generation and a laughing stock. Poor digitalbritain superfarce.

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