We are about to go out to tender for additional coverage under the additional funding that we have been awarded.
As part of the process we have already asked the suppliers where they intend to provide superfast broadband by the end of 2017.
We know from the current project that not all areas that are claimed to be covered will achieve superfast speeds, so this time we are being a lot smarter about how we define the areas in which we can intervene. We can only spend public money in the white areas.
The areas that the providers are saying will be covered by superfast broadband are coloured either grey on the Intervention map (one provider) or black (two or more providers). The Intervention map can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/oxn7zdl
Should you respond?
If you live in an area that is coloured grey on the map but you cannot get superfast broadband (over 24Mbps) then we will need to hear from you.
A common reason in urban areas for being unable to achieve superfast broadband is being on an exchange only line, meaning that there is no roadside cabinet that can be upgraded. The way in which the infrastructure works form exchanges is more complicated than from cabinets so it makes it more difficult to install equipment to achieve superfast speeds
If you are attached to a cabinet but are a long way from it we need to hear from you. This is because although fibre is provided to the cabinet the final stretch uses the existing copper lines and broadband signals degrade quickly over copper lines.
If you are shown on the map as being in a white area then there is no need to respond.
What do we need you to do?
- Look on our map to check if you are in a grey or a white area: http://tinyurl.com/oxn7zdl
- We need to know if we have the designation for your area correct on the map. Please use the BT Broadband checker (www.dslchecker.bt.com) to find out if superfast broadband is available in your area – in which case it will say that speeds of 24Mbps or above are achievable. To use the checker, either enter a BT landline telephone number (including area code) or your address (you need to click the link below the number box). Please do not use the postcode checker as it is not accurate enough to be of any help!
- If you are currently subscribing to a superfast broadband service are you achieving the speeds that you should? Check your speed on the new Which? speedchecker and note the results
- If you know of alternative provider(s) to BT using fibre, wireless or other technology to bring you services please make a note of them
- If, after carrying out the checks above, you believe that we have your area wrongly designated on the map please complete our survey at www.cswbroadband.org.uk/consultation
The consultation closes on 18th September. This is your opportunity to help make sure that we are able to include the maximum coverage area in our next invitation to tender.