Author Archives: William Perrin

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.

BBC TV news covers Connect8

The BBC gave us a video clip of their piece as iPlayer expires after a while

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Minister Ed Vaizey MP responds directly to Connect8 but it’s wait, wait, wait

On BBC Radio Oxford this morning the Minister for Broadband (and local-ish MP) Ed Vaizey responded directly to connect8’s concerns about rural broadband.  Unfortunately though it was very much wait and see.  Responding to Peter Richardson’s questions all Ed could … Continue reading

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Can you live a modern student, business and family life on our rural broadband?

Local resident Oliver Green was on BBC Radio Oxford this morning describing the challenges of living in a modern family on our dreadful rural broadband.  He is a student who has to do much coursework online and is interested in … Continue reading

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Broadband on the South of the Chiltern Ridge – the masts are a huge asset if we can work out what is connected to what

I am reporting here an article I originally published over on Howe Hill site, before Connect8 got going. The south of the Chiltern ridge is blessed with several large transmitter and mobile phone masts.  From the huge cold war complex … Continue reading

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Thames Valley Police – can we share the Britwell Hill Masts?

It’s possible that the police radio and mobile phone station on the top of Britwell Hill could be useful for broadband to our communities.  I have written to one of their radio engineers who manages mast sharing with some questions. … Continue reading

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What are our alternatives to BT broadband down the phone line?

It seems that some rural communities, hamlets, farm businesses may never get modern broadband down the phone line for the reasons set out in my recent article.  And we are on notice in connect8 from BT and OCC that we … Continue reading

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Media coverage of other rural communities with broadband problems and technology solutions

I’ll occasionally write a post with links to media coverage of other communities around the UK who have trouble getting any or modern broadband.  And cover as well any new technologies that seem promising for us in the South Chilterns. … Continue reading

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Why BT broadband might never be the answer for some of us

For some of our communities in Connect8 standard BT broadband might never be the answer – no matter how long we wait.  Rural, sparsely populated areas like some of the Chiltern escarpment and outlying villages face physical challenges that BT’s … Continue reading

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BT and Openreach let us down on quote for broadband upgrade

We asked BT at Director level in October for a quote to upgrade the broadband infrastructure on Howe Hill to modern standards – both to describe the technical approach and how much it would cost.  This is really important to … Continue reading

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