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There’s a new internet option for people in NC’s rural and ‘underserved’ spots 0

There’s a new internet option for people in NC’s rural and ‘underserved’ spots

People who live where high-speed internet access is sparse or nonexistent may now be able to join most of the rest of the country with new wireless broadband access. North Carolina is one of eight states where AT&T has added fixed wireless broadband to better reach places where internet service is spotty, the company announced Monday. The fixed service signal is sent between cell towers and antennas fixed to homes or businesses.

The AT&T service 1 comes with download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second, similar to a standard home connection in areas with broadband access. “We’re committed to connect hard-to-reach locations to the internet,” Cheryl Choy, AT&T vice president for wired voice and internet products, said in a news release. “This changes lives and creates economic growth for these areas. We’re excited to bring this service to even more underserved locations.” AT&T and other internet providers are receiving federal money from the Connect America Fund 2 to expand broadband into underserved areas. AT&T internet prices start at $30 3 in a monthly plan.

The fixed wireless service includes 160 gigabytes of data and options to purchase more up to a $200 monthly maximum. AT&T’s fixed wireless first launched in Georgia this year and now reaches more than 70,000 homes or buildings with the addition of service in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and the Carolinas, the company said. By the end of the year, AT&T intends to expand the service to Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin to reach 400,000 locations.

The company wants to reach more than 1.1 million locations with fixed wireless by 2020 as part of its commitment to the federal program.

References ^ AT&T service (www.att.com) ^ Connect America Fund (www.fcc.gov) ^ prices start at $30 (www.att.com)

Where in Lincolnshire has the slowest broadband connection? 0

Where in Lincolnshire has the slowest broadband connection?

The slowest internet speeds in Lincolnshire have been revealed in a new consumer survey. Which? has released data extracted from Speed Checker Ltd which ranked every district in the country on their internet connection speed.

Tamworth in Staffordshire is the best place to live if fast internet is what you are after as the study revealed they boast download speeds of up to 30.4Mbps. How does your personal internet speed compare? Check here 1 If you are wondering about who has the worst, then that mantle fell to the rather remote Orkney Islands in north east Scotland.

In total there were 11 areas that fell short of the government’s minimum recommended speed of 10Mbps under its Universal Service Obligation. While none from Lincolnshire 2 fell into this category there were two that were lower than the national average of 17Mbps. With a rate of 13.7Mbps residents living in East Lindsey were revealed to have the slowest was the slowest broadband connection speed in the region.

Boston was also lower than a lot of homes in the UK with internet users averaging 16.3Mbps in the town. But how did the rest of the county perform? Surprisingly, North East Lincolnshire recorded had the quickest connection in the region.

An average speed of 27.4Mbps saw the area ranked seventh highest in the country for the best place to surf the internet. Lincoln was the second best in the region, having an average of 19.9Mbs, followed by South Kesteven (18.8Mbps), West Lindsey (18.1Mbps) and North Lincolnshire (17.7Mbps). A full list of the country’s speeds that were recorded in the survey can be found here 3 North East Lincolnshire has one of the speediest broadband connections in the UK (Photo: Google Street View) What do the figures tell us?

Which? managing director of home services Alex Neill feels the results of the survey highlight far too many UK households are being forced to accept slow broadband. She said: “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks.” The watchdog has now launched a Fix Bad Broadband campaign urging households to use its free speed checker to make sure their service is up to the speed promised and complain if it is not.

Which? will be using data from its own speed checker to lobby the Government, regulators and broadband companies to improve broadband services across the UK. Ms Neill added: “This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on Government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.” Read More Why are the internet speeds so low in some places?

Internet speed can depend on the availability in that area. In simple terms fibre optic broadband is the quicker than standard broadband, however, this is not readily available across all parts of the country, especially in areas where the houses are much older. However, in new builds many providers have come under criticism for failing to provide speedy broadband to new house-owners.

East Lindsey has the slowest broadband in the county, according to the survey (Photo: Google Street View) One woman who didn’t wish to be named, complained about the lack of availability when moving into her new build in North Hykeham, near Lincoln. She said: “I understand that Lincolnshire is a rural county and is quite behind the times when it comes to internet speeds. “What I can’t understand is why in new build housing developers, and broadband companies aren’t made to prioritise new builds to make sure they can get access to high speed internet service. “I have just moved into a new house with my family off Tiber Road and we were told by Sky that we couldn’t have fibre optic broadband because they didn’t offer it in our area. They also said their copper fibres were fully capacitated so I have had to change broadband provider. “I phoned BT who offered me a deal but the speed was the same as EE which was a third of the price left. “I am not saying that the internet is life or death, but in the modern day, in my opinion, it should be treated the same as water and electricity as this is a new build so really I can’t see why it hasn’t been incorporated into the housing plan beforehand.” Read More As part of ambitious plans to make ultrafast broadband speeds available to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020 – Openreach intend to build a Fibre to the Premise (known as FTTP) network for free to all new housing developments with 30 or more homes.

This is dependent on developers registering their site with Openreach and working together early in the building process. The company has promised to connect new homes within nine months of contracting with a developer. Any developments with two or more homes will have access to the company’s existing or planned fibre infrastructure, either funded entirely by Openreach or, where necessary, with the help of co-funding from the developer.

For each new development, Openreach’s dedicated New Sites Reception team will work with developers to check the options for a particular site, and give a clear recommendation on the infrastructure that should be built. Once contracted, a dedicated field based co-ordinator will work with the Developer to lead them through the plan and build process. A spokesperson for Openreach said: “Like Which?, we’d encourage people to check whether faster broadband services are available in their area, because more than 93% of the UK can order superfast speeds today and around 97% can access a service faster than 10Mbps*. “Openreach has invested billions of pounds to improve UK broadband speeds in recent years and we’re continuing to extend our fibre network, which means faster services are increasingly available in some of country’s most remote and hard-to-serve areas.” Top 10 broadband speeds Tamworth, Reading, Adur, Enfield, Dundee City, Luton, North East Lincolnshire, Merton, Elmbridge, Broxbourne.

Bottom 10 broadband speeds Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Highland, Ryedale, Purbeck, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Powys, West Devon, Eden, Rother, Stirling References ^ here (broadbandtest.which.co.uk) ^ Lincolnshire (www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk) ^ here (infogram.com)

Business leaders welcome £1bn financial support package after Tory-DUP deal 0

Business leaders welcome £1bn financial support package after Tory-DUP deal

Business leaders welcome £1bn financial support package after Tory-DUP deal BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Northern Ireland’s business leaders have welcomed the financial support package agreed by the DUP to support Theresa May’s minority Conservative government. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/business-leaders-welcome-1bn-financial-support-package-after-torydup-deal-35868524.html http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article35868522.ece/e1bd7/AUTOCROP/h342/York-Street-Interchange.jpg Email 1 Northern Ireland’s business leaders have welcomed the financial support package agreed by the DUP to support Theresa May’s minority Conservative government. The package includes £1bn of new funding for infrastructure, health and education spending, along with enhanced flexibility on almost £500m of previously allocated cash.

A total of £400m over two years has been earmarked for infrastructure projects, including the York Street Interchange designed to ease traffic congestion in Belfast. The deal also includes £150m to provide ultra-fast broadband across Northern Ireland. There will also be further consultation on VAT and Air Passenger Duty tax, along with a commitment to devolve Corporation tax to Stormont, with a revised timetable for its introduction.

A number of so-called city deals and Enterprise Zones are also due to be created as part of the deal. “There is much in this agreement that business will welcome”, Trevor Lockhart, CBI Northern Ireland Vice-Chair commented. “In particular, the delivery of the York Street Interchange has long been a key infrastructure priority for local firms from across Northern Ireland, not just those based in Belfast. The continued support for the devolution of corporation tax, plus commitment to examine options for implementation in the Autumn Budget, will be similarity welcomed.” “However, while businesses will welcome the economic commitments laid out in this document, the number one priority for firms in Northern Ireland remains getting the Executive back up and running before the end of June. Against the backdrop of Brexit, and its specific impact on this region, we can’t afford any more delays.” NI Chamber also welcomed the commitment to devolve Corporation Tax powers to Northern Ireland. “This, alongside the establishment of City Deals, will prove attractive to investors,” Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of NI Chamber, said. “Road schemes such as the York Street Interchange will do much to ease congestion on heavily trafficked roads in the region, helping businesses to move products and goods more efficiently and in the process reduce costs”, she added.

We need the Northern Ireland Executive to reform, to agree a final Programme for Government, an economic strategy, and to establish a single Northern Ireland action plan on Brexit which will address key business concerns. Ann McGregor, NI Chamber The Federation of Small Businesses hailed the DUP/Conservative deal as a “starting point for progress”, adding it is now “vital” that agreement is reached to restore the Northern Ireland Executive. Roger Pollen, FSB Northern Ireland’s Head of External Affairs, said: “FSB welcomes the positive implications of the deal for infrastructure and jobs, but will now be calling on the local parties to engage to restore the institutions that will let Northern Ireland capitalise on this new-found investment.” Retailers have also urged Stormont leaders to restore the executive following the announcement of the DUP-Tory deal.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “This deal ensures that we will see the delivery of the long awaited York Street Interchange and hopefully A5, A6 and other key infrastructure projects” “Retail NI has long campaigned for City Deals and more Enterprise Zones and we are pleased that they included in this deal”. “With such a generous package now agreed, it is now vital that the political parties conclude a deal to restore an Executive and start to deliver real economic change for Northern Ireland.” Belfast Telegraph Digital References ^ Email (www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk)