I hope your wireless connection works out for you. It's unfortunate that there aren't enough others in you locality that feel the same as you do who are prepared to contribute £150-£200 each towards a community wide solution rather than each having to work individually as you have done.
I would also cast some blame to the direction of Ofcom as line rental prices are regulated.
I understand government subsidies and programmes to enable remote, rural areas as price per connection might be more than anyone could be expected to invest. However, areas like Rotherhithe or Lambeth, are as urban as it gets in this country. If the business and pricing model is such that it does not support investment to these locations and similar others either, there is something seriously wrong with the business model.
What would change if line rental cost went up £1/month for now until Openreach have completed their investment round? Few people would notice. What could be achieved with this money, if the current problem is lack of money as everyone routinely claims?
As already discussed here, creating a community in an area where 70% of residents are tenants with no intention to stay very long, is complicated. I am a buy to let landlord as well, and if a community representative suggested it would now cost £600 to improve internet in the area, I would politely ask my tenant, and if they declined to pay for it, so would I. There would be no way for me to reclaim the money from anyone, and I fear it would be the same in Rotherhithe. I would be happy to pay here but most of our neighbours probably would not.
Another woe in Rotherhithe is the local cabling. It is apparently aluminium, not copper. My ADSL line attenuation indicates over 5km line, which is probably not true as the distance between me and the exchange as the crow flies is 1400m. Correct me if I am wrong, but to achieve decent FTTC speeds we would need to be even closer to a green cabinet than in other areas cabled with copper. If this is the case, finding a suitable community becomes even more complicated. Hyperoptic have already done most of the bigger buildings, and the peninsula side of Rotherhithe Street seems to be already server by cabinets and new investment seems to be improving situation on that side of the road anyway. We are talking about a long, narrow strip of land, with Hyperoptic connectivity breaking the "chain" in many places.
FTTC investment of 75 lines would probably be in too large an area to provide any decent speeds over aluminium to half of the participants. A more local project would mean 50% of the new lines being installed to buildings already served by Hyperoptic, which would reduce the number of payers and increase price to levels unbearable to most.
I wonder what it would cost for a FTTRN installation from Openreach. Would it be as expensive as would be an FTTC project? This would bypass the aluminium problem and would allow much smaller communities to do something instead of trying to reach the impossible.
I am also a bit curious why Ofcom (and government) are so trusty of the free market model to solve problems here. If this was the case, I would expect all sorts of service providers to approach those without a decent connection, and offer to install one for a price. Why do we need to set up communities and try to persuade someone do something, instead of them offering their services for a price? In any other business I seem to be bombarded with advertisements and offerings, but in this case companies expect me to set up a community and then humbly beg them to do something for me for a price. As I would be doing their work trying to find them customers willing to pay, I think money flows in the wrong direction in this model.
Edited by hvis42 (Wed 28-Dec-16 13:06:13)