Please note that many details regarding this project cannot be confirmed until a bid has been submitted to the Broadband Leicestershire project, and the tender process for that project has been completed. The information below is presented as a guide to the general steps involved. If you have any questions regarding the project, you can email the working group via the Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Clerk at: burtonclerk [at] gmail.com
What is being proposed?
The introduction of a service to provide improved broadband speeds for homes and businesses in the Wolds villages.
Which villages / areas will be covered?
This depends on the technology used to deliver the broadband, but is likely to be determined by the location of telephone exchanges. This project can apply to all areas served by the Wymeswold exchange, potentially including Burton, Prestwold and Cotes, Walton on the Wolds, Hoton and Wymeswold itself.
Why is it needed?
The average UK broadband speed is 6.2Mbps; it is not thought that anywhere in Burton or Walton can obtain this speed at present. A large proportion of residents suggested that they would be interested in faster broadband when a survey was circulated regarding the BT “Race to Infinity”. Unfortunately there were not enough people in the villages to secure faster broadband by that route. BT have given no indication that the Wymeswold exchange which serves the villages will be upgraded to provide superfast broadband, and Leicester County Council places the villages on the border between red and amber risk of “not receiving market-led broadband” . Burton on the Wolds Parish Council therefore formed a working party, joined by members of Walton on the Wolds Parish Council, to consider options to deliver the higher speeds required by new technologies including internet television (e.g. BBC iPlayer), internet telephony (e.g. Skype), business usage, and connections shared between multiple computers in one premises.
What is involved?
A working party has been formed to look at the various methods of delivering fast broadband. The group provides recommendations to Burton on the Wolds Parish Council, who make all final decisions. A feasibility study has been undertaken to determine what kinds of broadband service could be provided to Burton and Walton, both in terms of the underlying technologies and the potential speeds which could be expected. It will also provide an idea of cost, allowing the working party and Parish Council to assess whether the installation of superfast broadband is likely to be successful, and how best to implement it if so.
How would the broadband be provided?
The most likely option is that the Wymeswold telephone exchange would be upgraded to support superfast broadband, and fibre optic cables would be laid from the exchange to the green BT ‘cabinet’ located across the local area. This would provide a superfast broadband connection to each cabinet. The broadband would then be delivered from the cabinet over existing copper telephone wires to homes and business. This technology is known as Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC), and would not require any work to be undertaken on individual houses (no digging up gardens or installing additional ‘phone sockets!).
If the proposal for inclusion in the Broadband Leicestershire project is successful, the final details will depends on the provider and technology chosen, but at this stage FTTC seems to be a likely option.
How fast would a new broadband connection be?
Again, this is dependant on the technology used and distance from the telephone exchange or cabinet. However, it is hoped that speeds of 20Mbps to 30Mbps would be achievable for most people with FTTC, for example. Internal factors such as wiring within the home, router setup, wi-fi, etc. can also affect final download speeds.
How much will it cost?
This depends on the company used, the technology involved, and the level of service provided, and therefore cannot be confirmed until later in the project. The Working Group’s objectives include affordability (for residential and business use) as one of the core aspects of the project.
What will happen to my existing broadband connection?
A new broadband connection provided as part of the Broadband Leicestershire connection could be run instead of your existing connection, or alongside anything you already have in place. If the Wolds Broadband submission is successful and we are included in the project, final details will be determined once the Broadband Leicestershire tender process has taken place and a provider confirmed.
Do I have to get involved?
No – if you’re happy with your current connection speed and don’t want to change anything, then the broadband project will not affect your existing arrangements in any way.
 – http://media.ofcom.org.uk/2011/03/02/average-broadband-speed-is-still-less- than-half-advertised-speed/
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