As we headed towards the General Election at the end of 2019, both of the main political parties promised improved broadband as part of their manifestos. So what better time to raise the issue than when the powers that be want to make promises…
From early 2020 the Parish Council will be investigating the various options of service(s) available to the village, both as individual users and as a village scheme, with the aim of reporting our findings to our residents in May 2020.
The quality of service that our parishioners receive depends on whereabouts in the village they live and it’s this inconsistency that we would like to address and see if there is anything we can do to improve the service in weaker areas and generally improve what has become an essential service for many households.
Whilst contractual ties may dictate when residents can change, we feel that it’s important for us to investigate the possibilities for improvement for the parish as a whole and to be able to offer an alternative to every resident when the time is right.
So what is Wireless Broadband?
What is Superfast Fibre Optic Broadband?
While most broadband is delivered through copper wire or fibre optic cables, wireless broadband reaches your home via radio waves, just like 4G or a mobile phone signal.
Currently, superfast broadband is usually achieved with a fibre optic cable forming part, or all, of the connection between your local telephone exchange and you.
There are a number of different ways to get wireless broadband
- Mobile Broadband
Mobile broadband connects to a mobile network and sends data through 4G services – in exactly the same way as you get the internet on your smartphone
- A Dongle
A little thumb-sized gadget that plugs into the USB port of your computer and connects it to the internet.
Fibre optic broadband cables are exactly the same kind of fibre optics that you find in fibre optic lamps
The cables that deliver fibre broadband can include up to 864 fibre optic tubes, each about as thick as a human hair, that are reflective on the inside. Information is transferred by sending flashes of light through the tubes, which bounce off the inner walls to travel along the cable, to computers, smart phones, tablets or data centres at the receiving end which can then interpret the flashes as data.
And because the speed of light is pretty fast, you get a lightning-quick broadband connection that gives you superfast speeds and enough bandwidth to get loads of gadgets online at once.
Some of the Benefits of Superfast Broadband
This is fast becoming an essential service for many households as we stream TV services, play on-line with game consoles, add CCTV, heating controls, fire & smoke alarms and a whole host of other gadgets designed to make our lives that little bit easier and safer.