The Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) programme to deliver high speed broadband has not reached some rural communities. One of the largest is Fiskerton-cum-Morton and although the County Council plan to include us in the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire Programme, it is unlikely that we will be upgraded until 2018.
The Fiskerton-cum-Morton Broadband Action Group has coordinated the campaign to bring high speed broadband to these villages and has pursued several different options to achieve this goal. Rather than wait and continue hoping for a solution the community can do something now.
- following the example of other rural communities such as those in Lancashire (Broadband for the Rural North “B4RN“) to build our own fibre optic network to every property – “Fibre to the Home” (FTTH). This will be delivered through a Community Benefit Society, owned by the community – Fibre for Rural Nottinghamshire.
- opting for a wireless solution, using a local company to install and deliver the service. In this case, the Broadband Action Group will help to coordinate the details of interested subscribers but will have no further role in the delivery of the wireless service.
Both options are feasible, but with Virgin and BT now rolling out broadband of 200Mbps and higher to their customers in urban areas there is the real danger that we will always be left in the slow lane… So now we are pushing on with plans to build our own “Fibre to the Home” (FTTH) network delivering speeds of up to 1Gbps to every property in the two villages.
We’ve put together some information about Fibre Optic Broadband –>Here<– to explain more about what is involved and then please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on this site for more information.
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