PROJECT BROADBAND – it’s time…

PROJECT BROADBAND is a Parish Council led initiative to remove the disparity of broadband performance throughout the parish by setting up a Community Fibre Partnership with BT to build a customised full fibre broadband solution for Knapton.

We want every resident in our parish to enjoy a broadband service that meets the changing needs of their daily lives and remove the inconsistency of the “location lottery” dictating how good – or bad – their broadband service is.

Under the scheme, BT will put a joint funding arrangement in place, meaning that they will contribute some of the costs.   Our community funds the rest, helped by the government Broadband Voucher scheme (which is available to every household) and various grants that we may be eligible for, such as the Parish Partnership Scheme.

Read on to find out more about what we’re suggesting, how it would work and how you and your family would benefit every day.   Then, if you’d like to be part of it and work with us to make it happen, let us know by registering your interest.

Link to Gov't Gigabit Voucher scheme website

life is different now…

Our lives have been very different since Covid-19 hit us like a runaway express train.
Lifetime habits have changed with more people working from home, children doing their schooling on-line and the freedom to come and go as we please well and truly curtailed to be replaced by Zoom meetings and on-line shopping.

For some, the Internet provides the only communication with family and friends in the outside world using FaceTime, WhatsApp, Zoom or Teams, and more time at home has meant greater reliance on the internet for TV entertainment and online gaming.

The truth is, we’re all doing a lot more online and becoming more and more dependent on the Internet, with simultaneous demands of uploading and downloading large files, streaming TV services, video and music and playing online with gaming consoles, with almost stealth-like growth in online CCTV, heating controls, fire & smoke alarms and a whole host of other gadgets designed to make our lives that little bit easier and safer, constantly logged on at the same time.

And yet we are expecting our broadband to cope without considering the extra load we have heaped onto it

The reality isto do what we now want to do probably requires faster internet connections that have greater bandwidth to cope with everything, which is a challenge in our rural environment.

an essential service…

Broadband has become an essential service, almost without us noticing, as we video call family and friends, stream TV, play on-line and connect our smart services for both convenience and pleasure.

  • Large households
    If your household has three or more internet users, broadband needs the bandwidth to comfortably cope with everyone going online at once. To connect all your computers, smartphones, tablets, TV set-top boxes, games consoles, and smart appliances at the same time
  • Video streaming
    Faster broadband means less buffering when you’re streaming catch-up TV, Netflix, or iPlayer, not to mention quicker loading time for HD and 4K videos
  • Gaming
    Fibre optic broadband has less lag (latency) and faster uploads, making it perfect for online gaming and using gaming consoles like Xbox
  • VoIP and video calling
    For Zoom and Skype users, a fibre connection makes everything better with fewer dropped calls, smoother video, clearer sound, and less delay
  • Big downloads
    Superfast broadband whittles your downloading time down to mere minutes – or seconds, in some cases. For example, a music album only takes about 30 seconds to download on a 76Mb connection

Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses
help to cover the costs of installing Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband to your doorstep

Click to go to the Gov’t website and find out how the scheme works

our Chairman says…
why are fibre cables better than copper?

I think it’s about time that we tried to address the inconsistent quality of the broadband service across the parish so that all parishioners can enjoy the benefits that superfast broadband offers and not just those who, by luck or judgement, happen to live near BTs green cabinet.

Peter Neatherway
Chair | Knapton Parish Council 

but what if you already have fibre broadband?

Wouldn’t you just know it… there’s more than one type of fibre broadband!

Those of us in Knapton lucky enough to have fibre broadband have a service called FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet).

As the name suggests, FTTC is a blend of fibre and copper, which uses fibre optic cables from the BT Exchange to the green BT street cabinet (which is located next to the village sign at the Hall Lane / Knapton Road junction) and then uses your copper telephone line (known as a PSTN line), to make the connection from the cabinet to your home.

Unfortunately, copper wire loses signal strength over distance, which is why the quality of service that you actually receive depends largely on how far from the BT cabinet you live.

Simply put, copper cables are not very efficient. They’re slow and the signal they carry degrades the further it has to travel. This means that your broadband speed will be directly affected by how much copper cable is used in your connection.   So the further you live from BT’s green cabinet, the slower and less reliable your connection will be.

Fibre is inherently more reliable than copper and is less susceptible to adverse weather conditions, so it can carry data at much faster speeds over far greater distances

fibre optic lamp image

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 and 100% reflective on the inside.   Information is transferred by sending flashes (or pulses) 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 then interpret the flashes as data.

And because the speed of light is pretty fast, you get a lightning-quick broadband connection that can deliver data at rates thousands of times faster than copper cables to give you superfast speeds with enough bandwidth to get loads of gadgets online at once.

OK, so what are FTTP and FTTH?

FTTP (Fibre to the Premise) & FTTH (Fibre to the Home)
These are essentially the same thing, but the term FTTP is used as an umbrella term, which includes both non-residential and residential premises.

FTTP is a pure fibre optic delivery method, now known as Ultrafast Full Fibre Broadband

Instead of using an existing copper cable for the ‘last mile’ of access, it completely bypasses the traditional copper telephone wire with a pure fibre optic cable connected all the way from the exchange to the premises.
Because this method of internet connection only uses fibre optic cable, it is inherently more reliable than copper and can carry data at much faster speeds over far greater distances.   Typically providing bandwidths of up to 330Mbps for downloads and 30Mbps for uploads, 1Gbps is achievable.

Watch BT’s 90sec rollout video > > > > >

Knapton Broadband Flyer
…but I’m in already in a contract

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.

…click on the image on the left to see our flyer…

BT’s Full Fibre Build Programme for June 2021

Click the image above to download BT’s planned full fibre rollout, showing Knapton as being planned for 2025-6

Superfast Broadband for Knapton image

will you work with us?

To work with BT and form a Community Fibre Partnership we have to provide them with the addresses of those residents which may be interested and the more interest that’s shown, the more viable the project will become.   This is because each household is entitled to a Government Broadband Voucher worth £1500 towards the cost of the build.

Only when BT feel that there is enough interest will they put together a plan with costings for us to consider which will include;

  • the total cost of the build
  • the amount that they will pay
  • the amount we will have to pay, less what grants we can obtain and the value of the vouchers.

With enough interest from residents there may be no cost to build because it will be covered by the vouchers and grants.

By expressing an interest at this stage, please be assured that there is absolutely no obligation or commitment to progress to the next stage; we are simply expressing a community interest.  If you are dissatisfied with your current Broadband speed or simply want to consider future proofing your connection, please support this Community Partnership project.

it’s easy to register your interest

If you would like to register your interest and support our efforts to improve the broadband services in our village, simply click the button below to open our Contact Form and choose Superfast Broadband from the Subject list.

So that BT can work out an indicative cost we will need;

  • your name for identification
  • your address for location
  • your landline phone number

Thank you for your support