Broadband for Stock? Archive
Update 26th March 2003


EEDA Competition
Unfortunately the registration for the EEDA competition was rejected. It appeared that the application took 7days to reach the administrator. This is the response received:

"We have had an overwhelming response for this competition and unfortunately we will not be able to accept you expression of interest form received today as the competition deadline was last Friday 28th Feb."

Hmmm...
 
Other notes

Dantech Boradband Ltd. intend to provide a business orientated, wireless delivered broadband service. The cost is high, but comparable to other business DSL suppliers who offer 20:1 contention ratios. We will investigate the Dantech service.


Galleywood's EEDA application may have stalled since a large part of Galleywood will soon receive some form of broadband service. This reduces the number of potential subscribers hence the financial viability of some schemes. However, we have been offered assistance by the Galleywood group. A combined plan may have a better chance of success.

 
Please Register
These registrations seem to be safe from spam risks, so please take a few moments to register your interest. This will support our case for broadband for the village. We have 75 registrations on the BT site at the time of writing.
Registering with BT http://www.bt.com/broadband/ will probably never result in BT enabling the exchange, but it will indicate to potential suppliers that there is some business in the village. So, please register for ADSL with a provider of your choice. Nildram have a very nice, simple interface to the pre-registration process . (This is not an endorsement of Nildram, since we have no experience of their service quality.).

Registering with the EEDA's scheme, "Broadband Brokerage" will help with our case with some suppliers.
 
Links
There is a good guide to broadband at ADSLGuide

26th March 2003

Broadband for Stock? News Archive
Update 28th February

We have submitted the Expression of Interest Form to EEDA. We do need more support, so, if you have not already done so, please register with EEDA and let us know of your interest.

BT's site was showing 61 registrations yesterday.

 
Update 15th February

The EEDA have extended the deadline for applications for their competition:
The dates for the competition are now as follows
  • 28th February Anyone who wants to enter the competition needs to have sent us the two page Expression of Interest Form.
  • 17th March This is the new deadline for the submission of the longer Initial Application Form. This does not need to be fully completed by this date - we just need to receive it to know that your community group wishes to proceed their entry.
  • 17th March EEDA can provide you with a consultant to help you with the details of completing your application. We need to know by this date whether you will require a consultant so we can start to make the necessary arrangements.
  • 30th April By this date you will need to have finished completing your Initial Application Form and business cases.


There are about 12 registrations on the EEDA site for Stock. Thanks to those who have registered, we do need more, please. If you register, please let us know by e-mailing editor@stock.org.uk. It would be helpful if you also indicate how much you are prepared to pay for 1: the equipment required (£0, £100, £200, £300), 2: the monthly cost for an ADSL like connection (£25, £40, £60, £70). There have been more than 50 registrations on the BT site which is good for our case. Some schemes may be able to function with 16 users, but unless we get 30ish, the price for individuals may be too high.

This article from the Register may be a hopeful sign. . From the pins on the EEDA map of current registrations, the distribution may be adequate to set up a mesh wireless network for the "last mile". This article, also from the Register has some up to date information on mesh networks.
 
Update 10th November
The East of England Development Agency (EEDA), as part of their initiative to bring broadband to rural communities, has launched a competition. The winners of this competition have the chance of getting broadband for their community or interest group. Details of the competition are here.
Please Register
These registration seem to be safe from spam risks, so please take a few moments to register your interest. This will support our case for broadband for the village.

Registering with the EEDA's scheme, "Broadband Brokerage" will help with our case for a grant.
Registering with BT will probably never result in BT enabling the exchange (Ingatestone has a threshold of 450!), however, it may help with our EEDA application. So, please register for ADSL with a provider of your choice. Nildram have a very nice, simple interface to the pre-registration process . (This is not an endorsement of Nildram, since we have no experience of their service quality.).
Wireless
We have carried out some trials with 2.4GHz 802.11 equipment. Even with larger than recommended antennas, it is difficult to cover more than 400m in one hop. The number of tall trees and planning limitations mean that few links will be line of sight. This means that we will need to use a mesh structure. In order to cover the village, we need users spaced at 100-200m. The 2.4GHz band does suffer from some limitations. For example, you may loose your net connection when someone is using a microwave close by. Until we can get an affordable (current quotes £12k p.a. for 2Mb) connection, we will just keep up to date with developments in wireless networking.
Broadband for Stock? Archive
Update 14th August 2002
The East of England Development Agency (EEDA), in conjunction with BT has launched an initiaive to provide broadband to rural areas. See the Register article here. So, even with only 16 users, we do have a chance of getting somewhere. This is part of the EEDA's multipart broadband initiative "Broadband Brokerage". In order to strengthen our case for funding or assistance, under any of these intiatives, please take a few minutes to register with Broadband Brokerage .
Earlier Information
BT have just introduced a new availability checking service at http://www.bt.com/broadband/. However, it would appear that we are too insignificant for BT at present. This is the message one gets if one checks a Stock number :-
"We are sorry but this exchange is not in the current review process. The size of your exchange indicates that ADSL may not be viable, as such we are reviewing alternative Broadband technologies and partnerships with public and private sector funding. We have now introduced a pre-registration scheme to enable potential customers to register their interest, through their Service Provider. In this way the local demand will become clear and will influence our roll-out programme. We will monitor demand levels in your area and investigate the costs of providing a viable Broadband solution for your area. For more information regarding pre-registration and to monitor progress please click here (dead_link) BT is supporting the concept of using alternative technologies such as satellite to deliver new Broadband services to areas such as yours.
Please note that the prices for any services of this nature will be different to those currently charged for the Broadband ADSL services. The demand for ADSL services shown via pre-registration will be used to help determine which technology is most appropriate for your area.
Thank you for your interest."
BT have re-arranged their site and some links are now broken. http://www.bt.com/broadband/ is the best starting point. The Nildram links below are still the easiest way to register.

Unfortunately, the only consumer broadband option, available, for Stock, is satellite. This suffers from a significant drawbacks, including high latency (making peer-to-peer, gaming etc unusable) and some security issues.
If we are going to have any chance of getting broadband, we need as many people as possible to pre-register with an ISP of their choice for an ADSL service. I appears that the BT checker has not recorded any pre-registrations prior to 1st July. So, even is you have already expressed an interest, please re-register.

To Pre-register, either go to you preferred ISP's web site or go via BT's page here [broken link]. There is a good guide to broadband at ADSLGuide. This includes links to most ISPs whith whom you may pre-register. Registering does not commit you to subscribing to a service and you may register with more than one provider. However, BT will only credit one registration per line.

Broadband News - The Register carries a lot of broadband related stories and up to date information. If you would like to know more about the state of the market for all options, enter broadband in the search box at The Register.

Self Help? Many schemes have been set up throughout the world, including the UK, by self-help groups, so this may not be such a mad idea. Whilst we are waiting for BT, it is worth looking at other ideas including a community, wireless based, ISP (WISP). There are enough techies in the village to set up such a venture but the real problem is the price of a leased line with reasonable bandwidth. Current technology will allow us to cover 100-200m radius from a central point, or further for "enthusiasts". By using a mesh structure we may be able to extend the network to cover a much larger area.
If anyone has any thoughts on ways to get a leased line at an affordable price, possibly through EU or central Government grants, please contact us . If you have an 802.11 WiFi network card, are within a mile of the village centre and are interested in taking part in system trials, please e-mail .

7th June 2002, last update 14/8/02

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