Fibre Broadband

Fibre broadband rollout.
Further to my post on 20th November I now have official confirmation that the rollout will run from 21 Feb to 4th Mar with road closures affecting Chaffcombe Road and Cricket Lane as far as Chaffcombe Gate. The rollout to the main part of the village will then follow on from 7th – 11th March. Openreach are trying to bring forward these dates but that may not be possible.
If anyone is worried they will have more than the normal amount of difficulty accessing the village when the closures are happening, please let me know as I now have a contact to whom I can pass on concerns.
I am still waiting with baited breath for “official” info about our fibre rollout – which is contracted to happen by the end of March. But now I see online that “multiple road closures” are scheduled for 21st February to 4th March 2022. Hooray! Looks like that will be the main installation period. There is also a one day closure on 27th Jan which I guess will be preparatory works between Paintmoor Lane and the Anglers Carpark.
More information as and when I can get it! 
November 2021
I have just received this email from Openreach:
“I’m writing to give you an update on your community funded FTTP Project in Chaffcombe and I am pleased to say that we are making good progress and the survey and planning work is complete. We are now in the build stage of our deployment where we can actually start to install the fibre network and associated infrastructure. You might see our engineers working nearby but they could also be working anywhere on the route from your community back to the local telephone exchange.
We will be in touch with you again in the next few months as we get nearer to the go live date, however I just wanted to let you know that as it stands, we are on track for March 2022.”
There is an understandable reluctance on the part of Openreach to give a finish date but I am hopeful that we might beat the March 2022 deadline by a bit!  But at least we may see some actual people doing stuff soon….????
August 2021

25th March 2021

Well, the day has finally arrived when the Fibre Broadband show gets under way. The vouchers have been validated and the contract with Openreach signed today.

Openreach will now swing into operation, planning the roll-out, arranging road closures etc. We have not been given any firm dates for connection, but I should receive monthly updates and expect to be seeing engineers on the ground within 4 months or so.

A big thank-you at this stage to Michael Otterbeck, who did all the hard work of putting the scheme together – and having to deal with the arcane intricacies and maddening inefficiencies of the application system. Herding cats would have been easier!

The Parish Council as usual have been super-helpful, as have our local area councillors and our MP, and with everyone pulling together we have managed to get this far. Well done to all of you being so speedy getting your vouchers validated and the show on the road. Finally, the sunlit uplands of superfast connection are within sight!

I will keep you all posted on progress….

Geraldine 01460 67200

25th March 2021

How does fibre broadband work?

It uses a network of fibre optic cables to deliver high-speed data over greater distances. The data travels down the cables literally at the speed of light. This means you’re more likely to get faster download speeds and a more reliable connection to the internet.

According to Ofcom, most homes in the UK still have ADSL broadband, which uses standard copper phone lines. But you don’t need to worry about what ADSL is if you have fibre broadband.

There are two types of fibre broadband connection: FTTC and FTTP.