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Extra £1.23m for Nottinghamshire super fast broadband rollout – West Bridgford Wire

Extra £1.23m For Nottinghamshire Super Fast Broadband Rollout - West Bridgford Wire

The roll-out of superfast broadband in Nottinghamshire is to be extended beyond 2018 after further funding was secured to give access to some of the county’s most remote properties.

The County Council is to seek assurances from local planning authorities that they insist all new homes are ‘future proofed’ with broadband access, after a survey found that some new housing developments have been constructed with no in-built provision. The ?31m Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme, led by Nottinghamshire County Council, is on course to ensure 98% of homes and businesses in the county have access to superfast broadband by September 2018.

Extra £1.23m For Nottinghamshire Super Fast Broadband Rollout - West Bridgford Wire

That will still leave 16,505 properties in the county without access to superfast broadband (30 Mbps) and not part of any planned future roll-out by the commercial providers. But now a further ?1.23m has been secured for a third phase of BBfN, which will be concentrated on rural areas in the Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood Districts, where superfast broadband availability remains behind the rest of the county.

A procurement exercise to find a delivery partner for the third phase has already begun. The County Council will also bid for additional funds with a view to extending the third phase even further. The procurement exercise will determine how many properties can be covered during phase three, using a model which will ensure the maximum number of homes and businesses will be reached for the available budget. Broadband availability in Nottinghamshire is already amongst the best in the UK. Latest figures from Think Broadband show the number of properties with access to download speeds of 30Mbps and above are:

  • UK – 92.6%
  • East Midlands – 95.4%
  • NOTTINGHAMSHIRE – 96.3%
  • Derbyshire – 91.7%
  • Leicestershire – 94.6%
  • Sheffield 92.9%
  • Lincolnshire – 88.2%

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Nottinghamshire is leading the way in making broadband available to businesses and residents but we remain determined to stay ahead of the game as we expand the network to every corner of our county.

“Access to good quality broadband is rated by many residents on a par with other utilities like gas, electricity and water.

It is essential if we are to fulfill our ambitions to grow the Nottinghamshire economy and create jobs.

“I am pleased that we will be able to carry on growing broadband availability in Nottinghamshire and we will leave no stone unturned to secure further funding in addition to that already committed by the Government and the Council, so that our network goes even further and even faster.”

Meanwhile, the County Council is to write to local planning authorities to encourage them to do everything within their powers to ensure all new housing developments have superfast broadband provision built-in. The move comes after a countywide survey to identify properties with no superfast broadband provision found that hundreds of homes developed in the last five years did not have in-built provision. Councillor Cutts added: “Whilst Nottinghamshire enjoys good overall broadband provision, it’s disappointing that coverage could have been even better if planning conditions had required that broadband infrastructure be included in all new housing developments.

“It beggars belief that, in the last five years – when the importance of good broadband at home and at work has been well known – new properties have been built without connectivity.

“For BBfN to retro-fit broadband at new developments means digging up newly laid roads and pavements and installing infrastructre at the taxpayers expense that could have been there in the first place.

This is especially frustrating as the main commercial providers – BT Openreach and Virgin Media – are often willing to install fibre broadband to individual premises during construction, free of charge.

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“We are urging District Council planning authorities to ensure that superfast broadband is included within development requirements from now on, just as they would with an electricity, water and gas supply.”

Details about properties covered by phase three of BBfN are likely to be available early in 2018.

For homes and businesses with no broadband or only access to speeds of less than 2Mbps, financial help is available to install a satellite or wireless service through the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.

Further information on the subsidy scheme and broadband in Nottinghamshire is available from the website, www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/broadband2

References

  1. ^ TEST YOUR SPEED HERE (beta.speedtest.net)
  2. ^ www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/broadband (www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk)

Surrey borough features in top 10 for UK broadband speeds

Anyone looking to download a film or an album in a hurry should head to the affluent north Surrey borough of Elmbridge, it turns out. Research on broadband speeds by consumer brand Which? puts Elmbridge ninth in the UK for quick connectivity. The borough is the only area of Surrey to feature in the top ten, yet the county fares better than parts of Scotland.

The Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authorities numbered one, two and three for the worst broadband speeds in the UK. The minimum download speed proposed under the government’s Universal Service Obligation is 10Mbps, but the study found the average test in 12 local authority areas didn’t reach this speed.

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Despite the majority of slow download speeds coming from rural areas, many local authority areas in big cities are getting below the national average. The London boroughs of Southwark, Westminster, Lambeth, Hackney and the City of London were all found to be lagging behind the UK average, which was identified as 17Mbps in the report.

The fastest areas were Tamworth in the West Midlands, followed by Reading, Adur in West Sussex, Enfield and Dundee City.

Surrey Borough Features In Top 10 For UK Broadband Speeds How does your area fare? Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home services, 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.

“We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow.”

He 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.”

Surrey Borough Features In Top 10 For UK Broadband Speeds The government says superfast broadband is now available to 93% of the UK

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: “Superfast broadband is now available to 93% of the UK, and we are reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week.

“These figures don’t show what broadband is available – they show many people haven’t taken up speeds that are already available to them.

“Thanks to the Digital Economy Act passed last month, we will now directly ensure universal access to high speed broadband for the whole of the UK.”

He added: “People can check what speeds are available to them by entering their postcode here1 .”

Which?

research using data from Speed Checker Ltd from January to March 2017 found the top 10 to be:

  1. Tamworth
  2. Reading
  3. Adur
  4. Enfield
  5. Dundee City
  6. Luton
  7. North East Lincolnshire
  8. Merton
  9. Elmbridge
  10. Broxbourne

And the worst…

  1. Orkney Islands
  2. Shetland Islands
  3. Highland
  4. Ryedale
  5. Purbeck
  6. Na h-Eileanan Siar
  7. Powys
  8. West Devon
  9. Eden
  10. Rother

Surrey Borough Features In Top 10 For UK Broadband Speeds

Keep up to date with the latest news from around the county via the free Get Surrey app.

You can set up your app to see all the latest news and events from your area, plus receive push notifications for breaking news.

Available to download from the App Store2 or Google Play for Android3 .

References

  1. ^ here (gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk)
  2. ^ App Store (itunes.apple.com)
  3. ^ Google Play for Android (play.google.com)

UK’s worst broadband speeds revealed

A new survey has revealed which UK areas are suffering the most when it comes to poor broadband speeds. The research from by communications watchdog Which? highlights not only the worst offenders when it comes to average download speeds, but also the best regions for high-speed internet across Britain. Based on data collected from 719,000 “Speed Checker” tests collected from January to March this year, the results present a particularly bleak picture for Scottish netizens, with Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authority areas rounding out the bottom of the table. Of those it was Orkney Islands which landed the wooden spoon, recording an average download speed of just 6.3mbps, with Shetland (8.4mbps) and Highland (8.8mbps) edging just ahead, but still falling well short of expectation.

The Scottish trio join eight other areas in failing to meet the 10mbps minimum recommended speed for families outlined under the UK Government’s Universal Service Obligation for broadband. The shamed regions are Ryedale, Purbeck, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Powys, West Devon, Eden, Rother, and Sterling. At the other end of the table, West Midlands’ Tamworth took home the trophy for super-fast broadband speeds, boasting a whopping 30.4mbps average. Reading (30mbps), Adur (29.2mbps) and Enfield (29.1mbps) took the remaining top spots.

“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,” said Which? managing director of home services, Alex Neill.

“We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow.”

“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.”

For London, Southwark also failed to shine in the tests, registering last among the capital’s boroughs with a lowly average of 10.4mbps.

Westminister (12.9mbps), Lambeth (13.2mbps), City of London (13.4mbps) and Hackney (16mbps) also failed to cover themselves in glory.

Below are the full top and bottom tables for the Which?1 survey:

UK’s worst broadband areas by average download speeds (mbps)

Orkney Islands Scotland 6.3 Shetland Islands Scotland 8.4 Highland Scotland 8.8 Ryedale Yorkshire and the Humber 9 Purbeck South West 9 Na h-Eileanan Siar Scotland 9.1 Powys Wales 9.4 West Devon South West 9.5 Eden North West 9.5 Rother South East 9.5 Stirling Scotland 9.8 Monmouthshire Wales 10 Isle of Anglesey Wales 10.1 Southwark London 10.4 Suffolk Coastal East 10.5 Allerdale North West 10.7 Breckland East 10.8 Maldon East 10.8 West Somerset South West 10.9 Kingston upon Hull, City of Yorkshire and The Humber 10.9

UK’s best broadband areas by average download speeds (mbps):

Tamworth West Midlands 30.4 Reading South East 30 Adur South East 29.2 Enfield London 29.1 Dundee City Scotland 28.7 Luton East 27.6 North East Lincolnshire Yorkshire and The Humber 27.4 Merton London 26.9 Elmbridge South East 26.8 Broxbourne East 26.7 Rushmoor South East 26.4 Three Rivers East 26.4 Nuneaton and Bedworth West Midlands 26.1 Middlesbrough North East 26 Harlow East 25.9 Halton North West 25.5 Stevenage East 25.5 Blaenau Gwent Wales 25.4 Brighton and Hove South East 25.3 Kingston upon Thames London 25.1

References

  1. ^ Which? (www.which.co.uk)