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Work started

Just got home, and there are some major earthworks going on over the road. I’ll get some pics at the weekend.

Roadworks.org

I’ve just checked roadworks.org, and it looks like work is scheduled to start on Cabinet 8 (Fields Road and surrounding postcodes) end of January into February. Keep an eye open for planned work on cabinet 25 (Edwards way area).

http://roadworks.org/

You’ll need to zoom into alsager, and then select the timeframe to be next 12 months.

 

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Briefing event

I must be mad. I went along. Didn’t learn much new, but I did get a nice explanation of how the technology interconnects. See below for pictures of the display versions of  an FTTC cabinet, a standard telephony cabinet and a “Fibre aggregation node” Sorry for the quality – phone photos.

I also learned that the schedule for the purple areas of Alsager on the map is for them to be ready to accept orders from around August 2014.

FTTC Cabinet Telephony Cabinet Aggregation node

Email from 10th January – Briefing events.

I am pleased to invite you and your community to attend one of our Connecting Cheshire drop-in briefing events on:

 21 January at Tarporley Community Centre, anytime between 4 – 8pm

High Street, Tarporley, CW6 0AY

22 January 2014 at Alderley Edge Festival Hall, anytime between 4 – 8pm

Talbot Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7HR

We would like to use these events to ensure your community is aware of the arrival of fibre broadband during 2014 and show how they can benefit from switching to high speed broadband for home or business use. We will have experts from BT Openreach and their fibre showcase vehicle on hand to explain the technical and engineering challenges, plus there will be information and maps so that you can see where and when the new services will be arriving.

We would be grateful if you could print off the most relevant attached poster and display across your community to ensure good coverage, however if you require any printed copies we would be pleased to send these out to you. We will also be liaising with the local media to spread the message about this event.

BDUK Availability Map Online

The Connecting Cheshire website now has an availability map for the whole of Cheshire. Direct Link:

 

Connecting Cheshire Map

As far as I can tell from that, Fields Road, and surrounding areas are due to be upgraded “from summer on”. Remaining parts of Edwards Way estate  (Cabinet 25) are still blue meaning “under evaluation”. I’m hoping that means the survey was still outstanding at the time of map creation, and that this is just a formality.

Moving On

Since I started this site – and before publicising it, things moved on. Basically Alsager is now included in the Cheshire east BD UK project, and further petitions are not going to change anything. See below for further information.

Email Exchange from June 2013

Me:

Hello Julian

 I’ve just seen the news article regarding the funding from BDUK in Cheshrie here: http://www.connectingcheshire.org.uk/?page_id=13

 Is there any information yet on specific plans? In particular will it be possible for me to find out if the overlooked cabinets in Alsager are being included?

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Julian:

Hi Tony,

Sorry this information didn’t come out to you directly at the time. I’ll make sure you are on our distribution lists. Specific plans are being drawn up at the moment and BT has started their survey work. It would be remiss of me to categorically confirm the rollout plans at this stage but I should be able to give you a good idea. Can you provide me with the postcodes in question and we’ll go a check.

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Me:

Thanks, yes – please put me on the distribution list

My postcode is ST7 2LX - and I am connected to cabinet 8 in Alsager. There are, I think, around 6 additional postcodes connected to that cabinet.

Other Cabinets which (as far as I can tell) have been missed are:
Cabinet 25 – associated with ST7 2YR
Cabinet 18 – associated with ST7 2EZ

Thanks for your help

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Julian:

Hi Tony,

On a quick check through the provisional data, and subject to survey, I believe these the postcodes you have mentioned will be part of the project.

Regards

Julian

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Me:

Hello Julian

That is good news, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the survey. Thanks a lot for looking that up for me. Is there any indication of time-scales at this stage.

Cheers

Tony.

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Julian:

Hi Tony,

No additional timescales at this stage. The first live cabinets will be ready just less than 12 months from now. The full programme will be complete 2 years from now. I’ll come back to you when we have more information.

Regards
Julian

Response from Cheshire East Council

I have also emailed Julian Cobley at Cheshire East Council, and have received the following:

Dear Mr Collins,

 

Thank you for your email. I am the lead officer for the Superfast Broadband Project and can update you on progress.

 

I am sorry to hear your home is connected to a cabinet which has not been upgraded as part of the BT Openreachcommercial rollout, we estimate a further 108,000 premises across Cheshire are in a similar position. To address this issue Cheshire East Council alongside other local authorities in Cheshire have formed the Connecting Cheshire Partnership. As a collective we are seeking to use government and European funding to gap fund further superfast broadband rollout with a commercial telecommunications company.

 

In December we begin the procurement process to select an investment and delivery partner to undertake the rollout. We expect to award contract in the spring next year and to have the project completed by summer 2015.  At this stage it is not possible be specific about which homes will be in scope of the project as this will be part of the procurement process. Our objective is to reach more than 90% of homes and business with a superfast broadband service and to ensure all remaining homes have a 2Mbs connection.

 

I hope to be able to share more information with in due course. Please keep an eye on our websitewww.connectingcheshire.org.uk where we will make further information available.

 

And in response to my reply:

Any support you can offer in raising awareness with your neighbours is greatly appreciated. By registering their demand we have an evidence trail of demand to discuss with BT.

Response from BT Openreach

I have emailed BT Openreach about Cabinet 8, and received the following reply:

Dear Mr Collins,

 

Thank you for your communication about the availability of Fibre Broadband at CAB 8, I am sorry to inform you that the upgrade of the CAB at this time falls outside of our current upgrade footprint.

Therefore, at this time, we cannot give any assurance that your cabinet will be upgraded.

 

As I’m sure you are aware, we are deploying one of the fastest and largest commercial deployments in the world. Our commercial deployment will have extended to 66% of the UK by the end of December 2014. We aim to extend this to 90% of the UK, in partnership with other sources of funding, e.g. local and National government. As your cabinet is not in the current footprint and in conjunction with other areas within the UK where cabinets are not commercially viable, Government funding is available to county councils and if you can, it is worth registering your interest with your local Council .

 

You may also wish to lobby your local councillor and MP on progress in your local area. You can also register your interest on the Openreach website at; www.openreach.co.uk which is also the best place to get information on our deployment. I am sorry to bring you this news and I appreciate it is frustrating but we are deploying Fibre Broadband using a commercial model and are currently not able to provide service to your cabinet on that basis at this time.

Updates

As I get new information, it will be added as a post on this page.