Broadband Alternatives
BT ADSL - Simplest technical solution. We do have a chance of getting enough registrations, but the final result will depend on their enforcement of firm commitments. Political pressure may move it along faster and there may be a hope connecting to Billericay if we can talk to someone in authority.
2.4GHz wireless, Satellite backhaul (Aramiska)DIY and (Broadbandnow!) Satellite backhaul has contention, latency, privacy and other network issues - but it can be much cheaper than leased lines. 2.4GHz wireless does work well but may get overloaded at range limits (if multiple hops used) and suffer from interference. See below for more on Broadband Now
2.4GHz with leased line backhaul. Ideal backhaul with no contention but expensive (c. £12,000 pa/2mb). 2.4G issues as above. Options are to DIY or get a company interested. DIY requires a motivated team... ;-)
Dantech point-point wireless backhaul with 2.4GHz local distribution. Good quality backhaul but it may be pushing their range until they install more repeaters. If we are in range the 512k business service is £99/mo, this can be shared between a few users to reduce costs.
Galleywood DIY scheme. Galleywood has kept the campaign running very effectively and has a number of options for backhaul (satellite is only one). If Galleywood get a feed, we may be able to piggyback via a repeater at the Ship/motel site.
Mini DSLAM - nothing seems to have developed here (ADSL on a shoestring for a few users). It relies on one ISP putting a box in our exchange and using the unbundling route to bypass BT. Limited number of subscribers, but good service.
5.8GHz - This has just been released for use and may bring some more options soon. See this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/67/34670.html
What ever route, the more BT registrations, the better, so if you haven't, please do!.
Broadbandnow have a working system for a large proportion of the village
The Broadbandnow! system distributes broadband to users by means of low power wireless equipment. BroadbandNow! will use a small dish to connect our local network to the internet. This dish is about the size of an early Sky dish and can be located out of sight, possibly at ground level. The main aerial used to distribute the local signal, is a small diameter simple discreet pole, about 1m long. On your house you will have a small aerial. It can be on the roof or inside a window facing the transmitter.
For those close to the centre of the village, a separate aerial may not be needed. We questioned them about health and safety and the worries about having more radio signals blasting around the place but it turns out that it sends out considerably LESS than your mobile phone. We are asking some more technical questions and will present the answers here, when available.
If you are interested please go to the web site below and let them know.
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