Thanks for the info....since posting I see thinkbroaband has published news of a project in Hampshire using the private network schools use. We approached Somerset Council a little while ago and our request to piggy-back on this fibre network was denied. I believe it was something to do with the contract Connecting Somerset signed. Shame as I'm 75 feet away from the cabinet (speaking purely selfishly of course LOL), besides that installing a 'replica' fibre cable smacks of mobile cells proliferating umpteen masts
Just last week we decided DEFRA's funding was a no go the reasons were:-
1) It has to be all inclusive and the LSOA map is used. That means if it is fibre fording a river an going 3 kms (adding wireless for 2-3 individually seems prohibitive
2) It all has to be installed & paid for (infrastructure part) before you can get up to 50% of the cost back from the fund but the real killer is next
3) We would be entering into a proposal when we didn't know how far our out of reach area would end up being because the negotiations are only beginning on the county rollout and the current DEFRA round submission is due end of May
Yes we are starting to talk to another wireless provider however we still have to know the answer to 3) above before that goes too much further
The exchange is Chiselborough.
Edited by jayteepics (Thu 26-Apr-12 10:17:14)