It seems the problem is only shared by a few of us. All the new builds in Duke Street have fibre to the premises, it looks as if everyone connected to the new box outside Corner Farmhouse in Chattisham, certainly at the Church end of the Street, is well served.
Bottom line: there are only a few of us with poor broadband in Hintlesham and Chattisham and a desire to see it improved. The worst speeds are experienced by those of us between the two villages, i.e. Doves Cottage, Mill House, and the four properties at Chattisham Hall/Hall Farm.
I went back to Open Reach and explained the situation – no change from their quote. The costs are way, way beyond the grants that are available. Grants would cover it, or almost cover it, if everyone connected to the exchange at the top of Chattisham Lane joined in – but that would require about 30 households going through a process that solves a problem many of those people don’t really have.
So some of us are very much stuck with what we have. One video at a time, once conference call at a time, and if I have a big file to upload, unplug the wired connection and use my phone as a hotspot – it’s quicker.
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.