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The government is to begin trialling a gigabit voucher scheme with small businesses in autumn, according to proposals seen by The Register. Businesses will bid for vouchers worth up to £3,000 for "gigabit-capable" connectivity, and will pay the ongoing line rental costs. That will most likely to be delivered by fibre but not …

  1. malle-herbert Silver badge
    Facepalm

    'gigabit-capable'...

    Yeah right... probably with speeds 'up-to'...

    1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Re: 'gigabit-capable'...

      Yeah right... probably with speeds 'up-to' at 03:00 on a Monday morning when it has not been raining.

      There fixed it for you.

      Yes HMG the 'awkward' bunch if IT 'we have seen it all before' bods around here are very scepitcal (if not septic) about any of these initiatives.

      They seem to suck up money with no return.

      You could speed up FTTP my mandating that all new builds have it from day 1 (as well as Solar Panels while you are at it).

      That could probably double the FTTP connection numbers within a year and not cost HMG a bent 5p piece.

      1. Commswonk Silver badge

        Re: 'gigabit-capable'...

        You could speed up FTTP my mandating that all new builds have it from day 1 (as well as Solar Panels while you are at it).

        Looking first at your FTTP on new builds... this has some merit but the cost would have to be met by the buyers, who are already being hit with "Section 106" and Community Infrastructure Levy" front - end loading so the additional costs of providing FTTP might just be the last straw.

        Solar panels are of course even more costly; how many home buyers want that additional cost at the same time as everything else? And of course there is no point in fitting solar panels on non - south facing roofs. That part of your idea is, I fear, just a tad silly.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Solar Panels.

          Mine work just fine and they are not facing South.

          In reality, anywhere from E or S.E. to W of S.W works on in the UK.

          There are some housing development where PV panels are fitted at build time. There is one not far from Cheltenham Racecourse.

          worked out over the life of the panels, the cost is very small. Once you have them it is not a huge step to oh, I don't know, charge your Electic Car (I have a Leaf) or to even have the ability go off grid (my batteries come next week) although they will be primarily used for charging the car so that I don't use grid leccy.

          Oh, and finally, it adds value to your house (so I've been told)

          Then again, I'm a cantancerous old git so what do I know eh?

        2. SImon Hobson Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: 'gigabit-capable'...

          Looking first at your FTTP on new builds... this has some merit but ...

          Doesn't help with builders like the one I've been talking to recently - mum was thinking of buying one of his new housesshoeboxes. I looked around saw that if there were any more corners cut then they'd be round, and asked about phone lines since I could so no evidence of any ducting (nor any provision for other than a single socket behind the TV). "Oh no, they'll be overhead, it was going to cost too much to put ducting in" came the reply.

          Icon summarises my feeling at the time.

        3. a_mu

          section 106,

          Section 106 has all but gone,

          used to be a percentage, now its for named projects, which have to be fully costed, with very tight constraint son what is allowed.

          so very hard for the local council to qualify for any 106,

          Solar panels expensive ?

          you would have to give us some numbers on that,

          Yes if your roof is not sutable, then yep,

          most developments, if they have a north roof, they have a south one also.

          New houses already have to have certain connections, even if not used, electricity , water , phone

          normaly down ducts to keep local authorities happy.

          so a fibre would not seem to be too much of an extra,

        4. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          Re: 'gigabit-capable'...

          "And of course there is no point in fitting solar panels on non - south facing roofs. That part of your idea is, I fear, just a tad silly."

          So the planners are told if they want planning permission for the new build, they must provide a certain specified minimum area of roof space facing in a suitable direction and either include solar panels in the build or make sure the roof is designed to take the extra load. It's a new build, so not really a big deal.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yes, upto

    Single fibre connections (bx) are up to gigabit with a cdr of 100mbps starting at about £500 a month.

  3. a_mu

    line speed ? Up to ?

    When I have fibre to the house,

    is there any reason to get an up to speed ?

    would one not have a rock steady connection of N Mb/s,

    So then its just up to the ISP to throttle your usage ,

    which it currently does, but calls it up to , so ok.

  4. Paul

    A few years ago I had a quote from BT for a business fibre connection to my home office. And then eight months later got a quote from their department which specialised in dealing with the gov't grants for high speed internet.

    Oddly enough, the cost of the BT service had gone up by almost exactly the same amount as the voucher, so the cost to me was the same, but BT would then be able to pocket a big fat cheque from the taxpayer.

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