Hello and welcome, apologies if it took a while to load the page. Maybe if we had fibre……..
Anyway – welcome to the blog, if you’ve made it this far then hopefully you might want to go a little further to help Yardley join the 21st century. We’re bombarded with TV adverts offering streaming services which we can just about handle with the current ADSL2+ up to 20mb service (though the reality is more like 1-8mb due to the line length to the Stechford Telephone exchange on Stuarts Road). Other adverts promise us superfast internet, sadly if you want to stay on the BT/Openreach infrastructure then we are excluded.
Why, well according to BT/Openreach the street cabs we are connected to (49 and 50) have too few premises/homes attached to them. This in the eyes of BT/Openreach makes it uneconomical to upgrade the street cabinets. Cab 50 has around 220 properties connected waiting for Superfast Broadband – so I’m not sure what number is required make it viable to upgrade. But I’m hoping if enough of us contact them, then something might happen.
What I do know is I’d like a faster connection, sadly our only option is Virgin. Virgin Media offer a service which I know a number people in the area are happy with, however there are a few things (such as a lack of static IP address) that Virgin do not support – also competition in the market place is a nice option to have. Imagine being able to choose a package from BT/Sky/Plusnet/Zen etc – at the moment we can get services via these providers – but at a reduced speed (1-8mb).
So what can you do? Well moving 200 yards in any direction will probably get you fibre, failing that I have setup a number of steps (1 to 6, click on the links at the top of the page) for you to try.
A quick overview of each section is below.
First: check out the map on the 1st page on this blog – it shows a rough guide of where the new Fibre boxes are. Chances are if you are near one, you maybe able to get fibre.
Second: Check your cabinet and line speed by using the DSL Checker
Third: Details how to use the Openreach When and Where fibre availability page
Forth: Register your interest with your current ISP
Fifth: Email your local councillor / MP
Sixth: Wait and other information
WHAT NOT TO DO (sorry for shouting): There are a number of BT/Openreach staff working in and around the area – It is not their fault, please do not harass them. They might be able to answer questions, but please don’t give them any hassle.
Thanks for reading.