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Thousands of South Gloucestershire residents to benefit from rollout of ultrafast broadband

THOUSANDS of people in South Gloucestershire are set to benefit from an ongoing rollout of ultrafast fibre broadband.

The new BT service will be provided to even more towns and villages in the region following a successful bid by South Gloucestershire Council for funding totalling ?3million. The investment will bring ultrafast and Next Generation Access broadband to approximately 4,300 homes and businesses in South Gloucestershire by the end of 2018. Communities to benefit in the latest phase of the programme include some rural areas not previously covered by the rollout and remaining communities from the previous two phases.

These include: Almondsbury, Alveston, Aust, Bitton, Bromley Heath, Cold Ashton, Cromhall, Dodington, Downend, Doynton, Falfield, Frampton Cotterell, Hanham Abbots, Hanham, Hawkesbury, Horton, Iron Acton, Kingswood, Marshfield, Olveston, Patchway, Pilning, Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Rockhampton, Soundwell, Siston, Sodbury, Tormarton, Tortworth, Westerleigh, Wick, Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne and Yate. All areas are subject to the standard survey and planning work which will need to be carried out. Cllr John Goddard, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: “So far, more than 20,000 homes and businesses have been able to access fibre broadband as part of our rollout across South Gloucestershire.

“We have always said that we are committed to providing an improved broadband service to as much of the district as possible and this latest investment could see up to 99 per cent of premises covered when combined with the commercial programme.”

Work to provide the service will start later this year with more information on when communities will be able to benefit from the final phase of the rollout publicised in due course.

For more information about broadband in South Gloucestershire visit www.southglos.gov.uk/broadband1

References

  1. ^ www.southglos.gov.uk/broadband (www.southglos.gov.uk)

£3m South Gloucestershire BT Deal Targets Universal Superfast Broadband

£3m South Gloucestershire BT Deal Targets Universal Superfast Broadband

The South Gloucestershire Council in England, which is already working with Openreach (BT) to extend “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) coverage to 97% of the region by December 2017, has signed a new ?3m contract that will benefit a further 4,300 premises (3,800 via FTTP).123

The deal, which is supported by funding of ?2m from the central Government’s Broadband Delivery UK4 programme and ?1m from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), aims to complete the extended roll-out in South Gloucestershire by the end of 2018 and this should take local coverage of “superfast broadband” very close to universal levels (currently it’s already at around 95%). The deployment is expected to use a lot more of Openreach5‘s ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP6) broadband technology than before, although the operator will also continue to roll-out their slower hybrid Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC7) service in a number of areas. Work to provide the service will start later this year.

Cllr John Goddard, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said:

“So far, more than 20,000 homes and businesses have been able to access fibre broadband as part of our rollout across South Gloucestershire. We have always said that we are committed to providing an improved broadband service to as much of the district as possible and this latest investment could see up to 99 per cent of premises covered when combined with the commercial programme. Once complete, thousands more homes and businesses in more rural areas are set to benefit from a service that would not have been available without the council’s continued efforts to bring about these improvements.”

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said:

“The transformation of the digital landscape in South Gloucestershire to date has been tremendous, but there’s still more to be done.

I’m delighted that another 4,300 local homes and businesses are now going to benefit from a faster and more reliable broadband service, ensuring they can get the fast and reliable connectivity they need, both now and for the future.”

Some of the communities set to benefit in the latest phase of the programme include several rural areas not previously covered by the existing roll-out and remaining communities from the previous two phases, including: Almondsbury, Alveston, Aust, Bitton, Bromley Heath, Cold Ashton, Cromhall, Dodington, Downend, Doynton, Falfield, Frampton Cotterell, Hanham Abbots, Hanham, Hawkesbury, Horton, Iron Acton, Kingswood, Marshfield, Olveston, Patchway, Pilning, Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Rockhampton, Soundwell, Siston, Sodbury, Tormarton, Tortworth, Westerleigh, Wick, Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne and Yate.

Take note that the South Gloucestershire Broadband8 project is separate from the joint Gloucestershire and Herefordshire (Fastershire9) scheme that covers the remaining areas.

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References

  1. ^ South Gloucestershire Council (www.southglos.gov.uk)
  2. ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk)
  3. ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  4. ^ Broadband Delivery UK (www.gov.uk)
  5. ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk)
  6. ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  7. ^ FTTC (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  8. ^ South Gloucestershire Broadband (www.southglos.gov.uk)
  9. ^ Fastershire (www.fastershire.com)

Councillor Anthony Powers questions success of Fastershire scheme

AN council opposition leader questioned the success of the Fastershire scheme. During a Herefordshire Council1 cabinet meeting, Cllr David Harlow, cabinet member for economy and corporate service, spoke about the successes of the council during an end of year budget report. The report said that the council had rolled out broadband through the Fastershire programme, so that the majority of premises in the county can now access a faster broadband.

But Cllr Anthony Powers, leader of It’s Our County, asked what the true picture of Fastershire connectivity is as large parts of the county are still without a fast broadband service. He said just two miles away in Breinton, he only has a download speed of between 3.8 and 4.6MB. Cllr Harlow said 83 percent of the county has got access to superfast broadband, with average speeds of around 30mb per second.

He said by the end of 2018 they want to provide or to offer broadband to 94 percent of Herefordshire properties. Cllr Harlow said the council had underspent by ?600,000 for the tax year 2016/17. He said more people over the age of 65 were supported to live at home resulting in a reduction of people being admitted into residential or nursing care, which means Herefordshire now places 18th best out of 152 English authorities.

Cllr Harlow said early years’ outcomes for children improved to the top 25 percent in England. He said they have also reduced the use of agency staff and have received planning approval for the Southern Link Road, to start the western bypass, and the City Link Road is expected to be finished by the end of the year. But Cllr Powers said there were still concerns about pressure on the community and voluntary services, pollution and domestic violence, among other things, and it would be wrong to not face the reality of this in the report.

But council leader Tony Johnson said: “It has been said the report highlights the good stuff and doesn’t share much of the bad stuff. It doesn’t share all the good stuff either. We regard it as a balanced report.”

Cllr Terry James, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said the public mostly talk to him about the state of the county’s roads.

He said: “There has been some improvements but as we travel around the county I don’t think the roads have ever been in a worse condition that they have at present.”

Cllr Johnson said the council is making resources available for the roads.

References

  1. ^ Herefordshire Council (www.eveshamjournal.co.uk)