A meeting was held of the Trinity Broadband Action Group in Rousdon on Thursday 3rd February 2011.
Jan Jones, Roy MacFarlane, Rod Boyce, Ian Thomas
Richard Keech: Lucy Brazier.
West Coast Broadband:
The Secretary reported on further discussions he had had with West Coast Broadband. There are certain disadvantages of their proposed wireless system.
The equipment has a life of ten years and is not future proof.
The system is best suited to a community that is closely grouped.
The subscription cost of about £30 a month only covers basic broadband, not line rental, voice calls or inclusive calls.
Planning is required for listed buildings for the installation of receivers.
For these reasons it was agreed not to proceed.
Both the Secretary and the Treasurer had made repeated attempts to get Rutland Telecom to provide detail costings and answers to various technical questions but apart from promises to provide these shortly, none had been forthcoming.
Devon County Council
The Secretary reported on his conversation with Keri Denton, Head of Enterprise and Skill.
1 We are still included in their plans to provide enhanced broadband.
2 DCC has received positive feedback from small suppliers such as South West Broadband as well as a number of larger players. The smaller providers would probably use the SW grid for learning rather than establishing their own back haul. The existence of this grid is seen as a plus.
3 The tender process will be completed in February with the results announced in June.
4 It is confirmed that BDUK money of £530 million is available for the exclusive provision of rural broadband in white areas* with a further £230 million up to 2015.
5 BT is responding more positively and has said that they will match public funding.
6 DCC is submitting their application for some of the BDUK money in February and will know the decision in May. This is in addition to the £0.5 million already available.
* White areas are defined as those exchanges with only one supplier, BT. None of our exchanges are White. Seaton and Axminster have three providers and Lyme Regis two. Exchanges not unbundled (white) are effective monopolies as ISPs have to buy network capacity from BT Wholesale. This is reflected in price and sometimes speed. At first sight it could be considered that we are at a disadvantage as we are no longer a white area. However Keri assures us that the definition is not fixed and that exchanges that have been unbundled with fewer than four or five suppliers will be considered to be white.
The Chairman is to seek further information regarding the tendering specification and how the original tender based on the £0.5k Defra funding will be affected if and when BDUK money is allocated to Devon. He will emphasis that unbundling provides competition but does not solve the distance problem that our area suffers from.
Communication with our Member of Parliament
The Chairman has arranged for a forty five minute meeting with Neil Parish MP on the afternoon of February 23rd 2011 for members of the Trinity Broadband Steering Group.
Ninety Six residents of Combpyne Rousdon have signed the petition supporting our campaign for an enhanced Broadband Service. This represents a very high percentage of residents. Thanks to Rousdon Stores for hosting the petition were recorded. The Chairman will present the petition to Neil Parish MP
Owing to Devon County Council reopening their original scheme based on the £0.5k Defra funding and their application for further funding from the £530 million BDUK money it was decided that we had no alternative to await the results of these outcomes.
It was reported that a resident of Rousdon who had failed to receive a broadband service from BT over several years had now received a connection from Talktalk and was receiving 2.7mpbs download speed.
The Secretary reported that his speed had increased from 0.4mbps to 1.2mbps since switching to Talktalk, at a distance of 7 kilometres from the exchange.
Date of Next Meeting
To be advised.