Better Broadband for East Ruston (BB4ER) was formed by a group of residents following a discussion about internet connectivity issues at the East Ruston Parish Council meeting held on 16th January 2017.
What We Have Learnt
- The results of the Parish survey told us that the majority of people who responded were unhappy with their broadband speed and reliability. This included some properties who have the benefit of being able to access a "fast" or "superfast" service.
- We have held meetings with the project manager from Better Broadband Norfolk (BDUK) and a regional director of BT. Future upgrades do not look promising for much of the village! 33% of the Parish are unlikely to receive any noticeable benefits as a result of these upgrades.
- We have found out that a number of communities have taken matters into their own hands and have successfully installed and are running their own community broadband network.
- The UK is falling way behind the rest of Europe in broadband speeds and the urban/rural divide for broadband speeds is only likely to become bigger.
- That the increased use of broadband technology through business, leisure and cloud storage activities over the next few years is likely to outrun any improvements BT/Openreach may have made to date or are proposing to make in the foreseeable future.
- That the government's plan to provide a 10Mbps connection for all is likely to fall well short of the every day demand of most households by the time it is delivered.
Reels of ducting ready to be placed in a trench
We are convinced that:
- There is little merit in continuing to lobby BT/Openreach about improving the service in the Parish;
- Our Parish, perhaps with our adjacent Parishes, needs to start a community benefit broadband initiative much like other UK communities have done;
- Our ambition is to achieve a world class service that will provide equal download and upload speeds of 1 Gigabit (1,000 Megabits) per second.
- Providing a network of Fibre to the Home (FTTH) (Sometimes known as FTTP or Fibre To The Property/Premises) is the only way this will be fit for future generations.
- Jane Leslie
- Back Lane (BB4ER Administration Manager)
- Greg Chapman
- Chapel Road
- Lesley Marsden
- South Fen
- Chris Marsden
- South Fen
- Michael Davey
- Regional Director - B4RN East Anglia (Volunteer)