We are now working with BT to bring proper fibre connections to the 30 or so houses from the BT Green Cabinet at Greenfield, via the top of Howe Hill, along Britwell Hill to Britwell Hill Farm. Peter has done a brief survey, Openreach have committed and we are organising government vouchers that we think will cover most of the cost. Contact us via this form if you would like to take part.
Fibre directly to your home makes a huge difference to your broadband, freeing you from the old copper lines. The internet is more reliable and much faster, the quality of your landline also increases as phone calls go down the fibre. If your work or education has conference or video calls, maybe a VPN login then fibre is transformative. Upload speeds are also quicker. If you have kids that play games the ping speed is often less than 10ms (this means a lot to them, honestly). Rural home buyers increasingly look for decent broadband and fibre is just about the best you can get.
This is all possible because Britwell Hill Farm paid for their own fibre to run from Greenfield along this route and now Openreach can connect all the houses passed by or near to that fibre much more cheaply than before. Unfortunately we can’t do the bottom of Howe Hill in this scheme as it is too far away from this existing fibre path.
Details: this will deliver fibre to the home, sometimes known as fibre to the premises. The optical fibre will run all the way from your house to the exchange with no copper. So there is no signal degradation, it’s as fast as you can get. This is different to the connection you currently have – either the radio based Village Networks or the copper based ‘fibre to the cabinet’ BT/Sky/Talk Talk -type product. Fibre to the Cabinet means that the last couple of kilomtres from the cabinet are copper and the signal drops off the further you go from the cabinet and the old cables are affected by rain, tree-rub etc. Fibre to the home on offer here is much more reliable.
We are working on costs – but the expensive bit – laying new fibre to connect your house should be covered but there will be a small admin/activation fee. A couple of new boxes would be installed in or outside your house on connection as part of the service. We are checking to see which service providers will be supported but once fibre is connected there is usually a range from regular BT services to more specialist ones like Zen internet.