Currently our broadband connections are standard speed giving most of us relatively slow connections of 3-5Mbps. A fibre upgrade would increase this to at least 50Mbps giving us a far better experience for watching on-demand video, gaming, Skype calls, working from home and general internet use.
There are probably lots of reasons why we didn't get upgraded with the rest of Teignmouth but rather than focus on that I've been in touch with Openreach to understand how we can get the situation rectified quickly by upgrading the cabinet serving our properties.
One option is to part fund this ourselves in conjunction with Openreach through a Fibre Community Partnership - https://communityfibre.openreach.co.uk/. This would be the quickest way to get the work prioritised but would require us to raise some funds. I have received a quote from them already and the cost to us as a community of over 100 properties would be £4684. If every property contributed that would be less than £50 each.
What we'll deliver:
- Fibre internet for Cabinet 33 Teignmouth
Why it's a great idea:
Although obviously none of us would want to pay to have what is considered these days a basic utility the reality is that if we want to get a fibre connection sooner rather than later then we'll need to actively do something about it. The Openreach Fibre Community Partnership seems to be the best vehicle to make this happen.
Once a contract is signed with Openreach they are committed to upgrading the cabinet within 12 months. I've been told that they are looking to shorten that period to 6 months as soon as they can and there is a reasonable chance that we would get the upgrade well within the 12 months that the contract states.
So, with good support from the community, I am hopeful that we can get the funds raised within 4 weeks, the contract agreed within 8 weeks and if we're lucky the work scheduled and completed this year. It's not immediate but it is likely to be much quicker than if we simply waited.
Steps to get it done:
- Reach crowd funding goal
- Sign contract with Openreach
- Openreach complete installation
The properties that will benefit from this project are those on the following streets in Teignmouth:
1-52 Amethyst Drive
1-17 Barham Avenue
1-15 Elizabethan Way
1-22 Jubilee Close
1-42 Triumph Place
Although the quote from Openreach is for £4684 the overall Spacehive target is £5184. The additional costs are Spacehive fees, transaction fees and VAT. These are automatically calculated by Spacehive. I would rather we didn't have these but I think it is probably best way to manage the project and ensure that it is done transparently. It is also recommended by Openreach.
If you've got any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch either through the Spacehive site or directly using the details below:
11 Amethyst Drive