The village now has free wifi available in the Old School Cafe / Farndon Room and the Library as well as in the Memorial Hall. The Council hopes to be able to extend this to the Dryden Hall in the future.
There has also been an update to the progress on the “Superfast Northamptonshire” project.
The Superfast Northamtonshire team advise:-
“I am writing to update you about the Superfast Northamptonshire project and more specifically some delays with the deployment being delivered by Gigaclear and BT/Openreach. These delays mean that a number communities will not be served as quickly as first expected. The County Council recognises that this is very frustrating for the residents and businesses affected. However, it remains committed to working with both suppliers to see these plans fulfilled.
Both suppliers have been instructed to prepare new deployment plans. This is to provide clarity on revised delivery timescales. The latest delivery programme for Gigaclear is now available on the Roll Out Schedule and on its website at www.gigaclear.net. The remaining delivery programme for BT/Openreach will be added to the ‘Coming soon’ list once remodelling had been completed and details are confirmed. The When and Where map is being updated to reflect the changes to deployment timescales.
There are a number of factors impacting on Gigaclear and/or BT/Openreach and contributing to these delays. These include:
- Access to skilled civil engineering resources – these are in high demand nationally
- Confirming solution designs for a number of more challenging and costly structures
- Issues encountered with a number of unsafe and historic bridges
- Delays for other utility providers to complete works on the highway where shared utility works cannot be agreed
- Complex wayleave agreements over private land
No additional costs will be borne by the County Council as a result of any delays. These will be met by the suppliers. Furthermore, the County Council is working with both suppliers to identify opportunities to improve on these timescales.”
Superfast Northamptonshire’s Offer to Small Businesses
The latest issue of the opens in a new windowSuperfast Northamptonshire Newsletter from Northamptonshire County Council focuses on helping local businesses get the benefits of superfast broadband.
opens in a new windowThere are details of a voucher scheme that make grants of £3000 available to small and medium enterprises (“SME’s”) to help them upgrade to high speed broadband and case studies of businesses already benefiting from the scheme.
You can also find out about how the INV-ENT scheme has helped with grants for SME’s to help them to extend the business that they do on line.
There is also:-
- News from Virgin Media and WarwickNet on their fibre network expansion.
- Advice from BT & Openreach on Business Connectivity and Cloud Computing
- A “When & Where” update
- Guidance on Cyber Security.
Download your copy here:- opens in a new windowBroadband Newletter #16
It has been possible to get superfast broadband in the village for a while now but maybe you aren’t sure of how it could help you or how you can get it? opens in a new window
Find out more in opens in a new windowthis poster or here on the Open Reach web site which has details of superfast internet providers.
As many of you will be aware, fibre-based superfast broadband services are now available in parts (most?) of the Parish.
If you want to be informed of Northamptonshire’s continuing plans for broadband you can find out more in their opens in a new windowNewsletter which is available here, or you can learn more at the opens in a new windowSuperfast Northamptonshire web site.
They have links to a number of useful services including the comparison sites opens in a new windowChoose.net and opens in a new windowBroadband Genie which let you compare different offers for your post code.
Latest News From Superfast Northants
Here is the latest newsletter on the progress towards implementing superfast broadband across Northamptonshire.
The BT web site (linked in this newsletter) forecasts that the Byfield Exchange (which serves Woodford’s internet providers) will be upgraded to fibre broadband this month but we don’t yet know what that will mean for when people in different parts of the village will be able to order superfast broadband.
Superfast Northamptonshire Newsletter 13 (September2014)
Business & Home Input Needed
Rate your Broadband at www.speedtest.net
Northants CC is still looking for responses on broadband usage to help plan improvements in business and home broadband services.
If you haven’t already responded make sure your input is considered before the deadline of September 30th.
Find out more here: Superfast Northamptonshire
And complete the survey at www.superfastnorthamptonshire.net
What’s Happening Regarding Northamptonshire Broadband?
Thanks to everyone that contributed to the Village Broad Band Survey (We were in the “Top 10” of parishes responding).
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Northamptonshire County Council have now published their intended strategy for Next Generation Access (“NGA”) broadband across the county based on an investment strategy in partnership with BT that will deliver, subject to funding fibre-optic cable based broadband speeds to all Northamptonshire homes and businesses by 2017.
What will this mean? Eventually, assuming the project succeeds, we should all be able to get access to broadband speeds of up to 30M bps, giving better service for movies and TV on-demand, better facilities for businesses and home working and the like. Currently properties around the village get between 0.5M and 3.0M bps.
When will we see any changes? It’s not easy to say at the present stage of the project. Woodford Halse cum Membris is definitely in the “intervention area” covered by the plan (other places are already expected to receive superfast broadband without the Council’s involvement). The plan suggests that people with less than 2M bps will have access to at least that level by 2015 and that the remainder of properties in Northamptonshire will be able to receive at least 30M bps by 2017. The Northamptonshire Broadband Project map is not an exact guide but it looks from this that Woodford Halse and West Farndon would be in the 2015 – 2017 time frame.
What does “subject to funding” mean? The first phase or work to deliver superfast broadband to 90% of Northamptonshire premises by 2015 (does not include us) is covered by existing funding arrangements of £4.08M from Broadband UK and an equal amount from the County Council. BT is contributing £8M to the project over 9 years. The rest is expected to be raised from a range of sources and will be the subject of a prospectus to be issued in Autumn 2013
How can I find out more? We will try to keep you up to date with news here as we see it but you can get the latest copy of the project newsletter here and you can also follow the project forum at superfastnorthamptonshire.net. The strategy document detailing the plans for the project can be found here: Northamptonshire Next-Generation Strategy.pdf