Another pot of monet that will simply evapotate
in a cloud of hot air, meetings, jollies, freebies and hotel bills.
And achieve exactly zilch.
move along, nothing new to report.
The UK government has today launched its £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, aimed at boosting Blighty's full-fibre infrastructure. The country currently has just two per cent fibre-to-the-premise connections – but digital minister Matt Hancock has said he wants the UK to go on a "full-fibre" diet in order to catch …
Totally agree. The money should be ring fenced so it can only pay for actual hardware/cables in the ground - nothing else. So no one can 'expense off it', to enable their own hot air.
I meet these people everyday. Say a lot, do absolutely nothing practical (would never get their hands dirty), it's all charts and graphs. So much hot air and waffle regarding pure Fibre Broadband, when it's cables in the ground is where the money should be spent aka. B4RN style programmes.
Put the minimum of money in, to get community support growing, and let it grow/die by itself. Pull in clever people with the skills that aren't in it for the money, but in it, for seeing how a community can thrive/what a pure fibre network can do for rural areas..
Most of it is common sense, and things would be a lot easier if you could ban BT for 10 years in those areas, where they won't invest - where they sit back waiting for fcuking taxpayer handouts stating the usual "Fibre is expensive, Pointless G.fast is cheap"- the usual absolute bollocks".
Pointless G.fast is a road to ruin for this Country.
If BT get their way, because apathy will well and truly take hold, and we will all be stuck on bamboozled obfuscated "up to" shitty unreliable broadband out in "rural land", when it doesn't have to be that way. BT's "sit back/sit on hands approach - give me handouts" is just so bloody frustrating.
We have plenty of kids that could use such Community broadband schemes as an apprenticeship into well paid jobs, especially regarding Cisco routing skills.
Nope, not another pot of money.
It's the third - yes, the third - time that this pot of money has been announced as "new" money.
Shame on ElReg for falling for UK.GovScam
I have had no sleep whatsoever, last night. I just couldn't so I just binge watched Roadies, funnily enough. (Good series. Made oi laugh). I still got emails.
Anyway this contributes to my tone when I say: These things are just horrible governmental marketing exercises that cost people real money. If you want to provide these services out of taxpayer money then sodding well do it as part of a nationalised service. Don't throw it at your mates for eff all.
And it has started raining. I swear, if I had ran out of coffee this morning I would be a danger to myself.
I've just been reading William Gibson's Neuromancer, and was struck by one sentence: "Travel was a meat thing." A dismissive view of physical travel versus digital communications. Why are we spending billions on HS2 to facilitate business travel when we could revolutionise our economy for a fraction of this cost by delivering high speed fibre to every home?
I live in the middle of slough,
My whole street has no Fibre available - not even ADSL CN21
I get Max 2mb Down 128k up
BT openreach say they have no funds to upgrade it , and the council will not let them upgrade the cabinet.
The cabinet next to me in the other direction has a DSLAM.
They claim also that there are not enough subscribers on the Cabinet to be cost effective to upgrade - there are 2 schools one side of the road meaning only half the subscribers on the street.
Nice to see that they can provide 80mb down on one street and 2mb on the next
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport had a target "to provide access to basic broadband (2Mbps) for all from December 2015" which they failed to reach and had to revise. Until last month I was only getting 1.0Mbps which is totally not acceptable in 2017 UK.
"A subsidised broadband installation is now available if you cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Mb per second." They really don't want to give you a subsidy; I found that after lots of loud complaining the magical Openreach unicorn fairy did a surprise upgrade of my local cabinet instead.
If you are looking for evidence of your slow speed I can recommend going through an EE broadband online application then screenshotting, as EE seem to be the most conservative in promising what your speed would be.
With FTTC I can play online games, stream programs on Netflix and download large files from multiple devices at the same time without any issues. If Andrew Jones' emails grind to a halt just because someone is watching GoT he doesn't need FTTP, he needs an ISP that actually gives him what he's paying for. Time he ditched* BT / Virgin / Sky / TalkTalk for a reliable ISP.
* delete as appropriate
Hell, I only live about a mile from the exchange, but I can only get about 765 kbps (70 kB/s) down and 360 kbps (30 kB/s) up at the moment (which is a step down from my usual 3900 kbps and 900 kbps respectively), and have done for the last month.
You ever tried downloading an 8.5GB PS4 patch at that speed? It isn't fun...
If we all have fibre to the house
bandwidth / speed can not limited by the fibre, but by the provider.
How will that work withe the 'up to' scheem we currently have to put up with,
Its bad enough now,
I have a link now that gives X baud, if I pay more, same link I can get Y baud.
now X is significantly lower than my up to speed, Y is more like it,
so why should I pay for Y , when I'm only getting X,
and its totaly at the control of the provider !
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