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Standard User Andrew_W
(knowledge is power) Mon 27-Feb-17 08:30:12
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Help! I live in a rural location


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OK, I need help and advice, please!

I live in a rural location, close to Fulletby near Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
Openreach have installed fibre in existing underground ducts that pass my
home in two directions. One goes to my local exchange from the nearest FTTC
and the other to a neighbouring village. My current phone line is EO and I
have a reasonable (for ADSL) but slowly degrading, connection to my local
exchange 2 miles away. My nearest FTTC is half a mile away but my phone line
goes in the opposite direction!

I have contacted an outfit called Onlincolnshire who appear to be governed
by my Local Council, OnLincolnshire@lincolnshire.gov.uk. This started 18
months ago and the latest report I have at the start of January this year:
"We are in receipt of plans from BT re. a connection for you to the new
cabinet. It involves circa 600m of overhead cabling and a small section of
underground. They are physically surveying in the next couple of days."
Is there no other way to connect me to the fibres that pass my home without
installing 600 metres of wire to this cabinet? Is there not some "box of
tricks" that could be fitted in the fibre close to my home? Any other
technology that could utilise that 2 miles of copper wire more effectively?

Currently:

Connection Speed 7168 kbps
Line Attenuation 39.0 db
Noise Margin 8.5 db

Andrew
Standard User WilliamGrimsley
(committed) Mon 27-Feb-17 08:37:32
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Re: Help! I live in a rural location


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Hi Andrew!

Your line is preforming quite well for it's length, please can you provide the exchange you're connected to? Openreach could fit FTTP if it's a viable solution.

Edited by WilliamGrimsley (Mon 27-Feb-17 08:48:11)

Standard User Andrew_W
(knowledge is power) Mon 27-Feb-17 08:43:35
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Re: Help! I live in a rural location


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Thanks for quick response!

My exchange is Tetford, Lincolnshire on an EO line. No cabinet, yet!

Andrew


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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 27-Feb-17 08:48:01
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Re: Help! I live in a rural location


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There are many ways that what you want could be done. However, it all comes down to what has actually been tested and what is supported across the BT estate (BT are not going to do special options for one person because that would cause future support nightmares - everything needs to be standard to be supported at scale). They could do FTTP but if BT choose not to do FTTP then at this point there is not much scope to get them to change that.
Standard User WilliamGrimsley
(committed) Mon 27-Feb-17 08:50:08
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That exchange is only FTTC enabled. Your line will either be moved to a cabinet, upgraded to FTTP or stay as it is. Only time will tell I'm afraid.
Standard User Andrew_W
(knowledge is power) Mon 27-Feb-17 09:01:39
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Oh well, I suppose I should count myself fortunate as there are still properties around here that don't have mains electricity!! One is powered by cow dung smile

Andrew
Standard User WilliamGrimsley
(committed) Mon 27-Feb-17 09:10:55
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Seriously?! That made me LOL. Don't give up hope.
Standard User Andrew_W
(knowledge is power) Mon 27-Feb-17 10:04:05
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I'm serious! And you can get a grant from the Government even if you don't need it or use it!!!

Perhaps I'll wait and see if I get my 600 metres of string, sorry copper wink

There's always this to look forward to:

"Proposed amendments to the Digital Economy Bill suggest a move towards a 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation."

Andrew
Standard User WilliamGrimsley
(committed) Mon 27-Feb-17 10:10:54
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Yes, I think that USO is achievable and should've been achieved several years ago.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 27-Feb-17 10:22:06
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VERY IMPORTANT

Lines are not automatically upgraded the faster options are just options, because there are price implications, so if/when FTTC or FTTP becomes available people need to make a choice and upgrade.

The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband staff member. It may not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.
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