South Gloucestershire council promises better broadband

After an extensive campaign by local residents, South Gloucestershire council has secured a £1.49 million investment to improve broadband in rural parts of the county.

The upcoming rollout will arrive in a number of areas, including Codrington, Cromhall, Dyrham, Elberton, Little Sodbury, Littleton-Upon-Severn, Hill, Hinton, Oldbury-Upon-Severn, and Tytherington.

The council's going to use the new funds to secure FTTP broadband for certain areas from BT - that's 'fibre-to-the-premises', in which the line is completely fibre optic all the way from the exchange to your property.

Most fibre broadband is 'fibre-to-the-cabinet', in which it's fibre from the exchange to your local cabinet then copper between there and your home. However, for rural areas like the ones in South Gloucestershire, BT reckons FTTP is more appropriate. Lines between properties are longer and more likely to lose speed over the distance - a big issue for copper lines but not so much for fibre optics.

Fully fibre lines are also capable of higher speeds, are more reliable, and have lower latency (or lag), which is always nice. It may even be available in speeds up to 1Gb (1,000 megabits per second) in some cases.

Needless to say, residents are thrilled. Terry Barnaby, a lead spokesperson of the Codrington Campaign, told the Gazette: "This is excellent news. We and people from other rural areas have been pushing the council for many years. It's great that they have chosen to use the pure-fibre FTTP technology for the updates."

Of course, the upgrade won't cover absolutely everywhere in the county - some properties will still be suffering slow speeds - but luckily that's on the council's agenda.

"I will of course by continuing to press both Government and the local programme to go further," Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall said, "but this is a great start."

The new broadband is set to arrive by December 2017.

Source: Gazette Series

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