More of us than ever are working from home. Zoom, GoToMeeting and all the others are now part of many people’s lives as much as Netflix and iPlayer. This raises a problem – the low broadband speeds some of us have. I get around 19Mbps download (not great, but usable) but only 1Mbps upload. That means that when I’m in a video conference, I can’t usually have my camera on and share my screen at the same time.
It is possible to massively improve those speeds if BT Openreach install fibre to the premises (FTTP) but this is only affordable if lots of people join in. I recently got a quote for me and my three immediate neighbours. Let’s just say the price was prohibitive, but if we expand it to cover around 30 addresses, the price falls to less than £400 per premises if you take into account the government grant available to rural homes and businesses.
I’m happy to coordinate a community effort for H&C, but I need to know who might be interested in finding out more. If that’s you, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. No commitment at this point, just a fact-finding exercise.