Whitchurch residents still waiting for superfast internet

Basingstoke Gazette: Whitchurch residents celebrate winning faster broadband Whitchurch residents celebrate winning faster broadband

WHITCHURCH residents have complained that three years after the town won a competition to get superfast broadband, some areas are still not connected.

As previously reported Whitchurch was declared the winner of the BT competition to get connected in January 2011, having secured the most online votes throughout December 2010.

Campaigners drummed up support in the town, knocking on doors and handing out leaflets to encourage residents to vote.

Their efforts were a success and the town secured the most votes in the whole of the UK, meaning that Whitchurch would benefit from superfast broadband speeds.

However, three years on, some areas of the town are still waiting for their prize to be delivered.

Ian Read, media relations manager for BT, said: “The vast majority of premises in the Whitchurch exchange area do have access to superfast broadband as a result of the Race to Infinity programme.

“The deployment in Whitchurch is at the cutting edge of our technology development, and residents will benefit from a higher percentage of coverage and faster speeds than anywhere else in the country.

“Our Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) activity is also well under way, delivering the ultrafast speeds of up to 30Mb to residents. Work is nearly complete, and we expect residents to be able to place orders within weeks.”

However, Mr Read admitted that there was still one fibre cabinet to deploy in Freefolk, which is expected to go live in March.

He added: “We are aware that we have one cabinet that has already reached its capacity in the Whitchurch area, due to high take-up.

“We are now looking at the options available to us. There are no superfast cabinets in Laverstoke.

“However, Overton exchange is being activated this quarter, and some Laverstoke residents bordering Overton will be able to access this service.”

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10:51pm Wed 5 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

Who is the MP for Whitchurch?
Who is the MP for Whitchurch? deepinsight
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11:34pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Jo Walke says...

You would have thought with all the publicity garnered by BT that they would have made sure there was sufficient slack in their systems and provision woul have been universal.
Freefolk is also somewhat 'up the road' from Whitchurch - us locals realise this but its still no excuse for BT's completely shoddy dealings with its customers - past, present &, if necessary, future!!
You would have thought with all the publicity garnered by BT that they would have made sure there was sufficient slack in their systems and provision woul have been universal. Freefolk is also somewhat 'up the road' from Whitchurch - us locals realise this but its still no excuse for BT's completely shoddy dealings with its customers - past, present &, if necessary, future!! Jo Walke
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8:29am Thu 6 Feb 14

Buster Preciation says...

Can someone explain this: “Our Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) activity is also well under way, delivering the ultrafast speeds of up to 30Mb to residents. Work is nearly complete, and we expect residents to be able to place orders within weeks.”
Orders for what exactly? This implies that winning this prize just gives Whitchurch residents the ability to buy a service. It sounds like BT is the real winner.
Can someone explain this: “Our Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) activity is also well under way, delivering the ultrafast speeds of up to 30Mb to residents. Work is nearly complete, and we expect residents to be able to place orders within weeks.” Orders for what exactly? This implies that winning this prize just gives Whitchurch residents the ability to buy a service. It sounds like BT is the real winner. Buster Preciation
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1:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

jonone says...

Buster Preciation wrote:
Can someone explain this: “Our Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) activity is also well under way, delivering the ultrafast speeds of up to 30Mb to residents. Work is nearly complete, and we expect residents to be able to place orders within weeks.” Orders for what exactly? This implies that winning this prize just gives Whitchurch residents the ability to buy a service. It sounds like BT is the real winner.
Of course BT is the winner - their Infinity packages are more expensive than standard BB.

What I don't understand is why a small town gets priority over the larger towns like Basingstoke?
[quote][p][bold]Buster Preciation[/bold] wrote: Can someone explain this: “Our Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) activity is also well under way, delivering the ultrafast speeds of up to 30Mb to residents. Work is nearly complete, and we expect residents to be able to place orders within weeks.” Orders for what exactly? This implies that winning this prize just gives Whitchurch residents the ability to buy a service. It sounds like BT is the real winner.[/p][/quote]Of course BT is the winner - their Infinity packages are more expensive than standard BB. What I don't understand is why a small town gets priority over the larger towns like Basingstoke? jonone
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