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Superfast Broadband for Hampden gardens

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Superfast Broadband for Hampden gardens

Superfast Broadband for Hampden gardens

Duncan McBryde By Duncan McBryde

Superfast broadband at Hampden Gardens

Cambridge Delivery stage

pledged of £5,143

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

It's time to improve our broadband at Hampden Gardens. BT have offered to upgrade Hampden Gardens with fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) for £4,684 as part of their community funding scheme. This means that much faster broadband will be available over the existing phone lines, without placing new cables into the building.

What we'll deliver:

  • Coordination with BT
  • Upgraded FTTC cabinet

Why it's a great idea:

You may be wondering why your broadband seems to be very slow, at Hampden Gardens. It turns out that the cabinet at the end of our road has not been upgraded. While we are free to choose our internet service provider (ISP), BT owns the cabinet that connects the apartment to the rest of the internet. At the moment all broadband passes through a cabinet that is getting more congested, and BT have no plans to upgrade the cabinet by themselves. At the moment we are getting speeds somewhere between 2-3 Mbps for the apartment complex. This causes most online services to be frustrating to use. By upgrading the cabinet we can take that to 50+ Mbps. Improving our broadband will allow us to work from home, watch videos, online without buffering. This applies to all ISPs that offer super-fast broadband, not just BT. You are free to pick from Plusnet, TalkTalk, Sky, or whoever has the best offer.

Steps to get it done:

  • Confirm new link speed
  • Remaining 50% payment sent
  • BT scope work required
  • BT upgrade cabinet with FTTC
  • Initial 50% payment to BT

BT have quoted £4,684 for cost of connecting: 1-12 Hampden Gardens 14-54 Hampden Gardens 57-97 Hampden Gardens 1-12 The Terrace 14-17 The Terrace 87,89,91 Cromwell Road Under reference PF 03410 / CFP14724 Cherry Hinton 51 Hampden Gardens. We would pay 50% up front for BT to start the work, and the remaining 50% once finished. BT estimates that the upgrade will be finished after 12 months. It's not as fast as we'd like, but it's our chance to get the ball rolling.

Location Cambridge

About the space

Hampden Gardens, The Terrace, and 87,89,91 Cromwell road


Cambridge City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,142

Remaining payment on completion - £2,342 (46%)
Initial deposit to BT - £2,342 (46%)
Other - £458 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Remaining payment on completion
Initial deposit to BT
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £5,142

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