Walking the FTTH talk in Cumbria
Communities that seek more information on how to get sustainable high speed rural broadband can pick up tips on 16 September on mile-long walk in Cumbria.
Fibre to the home (FTTH) advocate Lindsey Annison has set up a walk along a typical countryside fibre route, chosen specially for its capacity to illustrate all the problems people are likely to encounter with fibre and wireless coverage.
Annison said, “The aim is to dispel some myths about rural FTTH and to give some ideas about how it can be done in an affordable, sustainable way.”
She has invited Donny Smith, CEO of Jaguar Communications in Minnesota as guest speaker on the FibreWalk to share his expertise in rural broadband networks, as well as stories and tips for anyone interested broadband in the Final Third.
Jim Savege of Cumbria County Council will also be available to chat about the council’s plans and vision. Other sources include walk sponsors ITS Technology, local fibre training company Lucid Optical Services Ltd, prospective communication FTTH network operator B4RN, Broadband Cumbria, East Cumbria Community Broadband Forum, Upper Eden community partnerships, as well as other communities that are tackling the rural FTTH problem.
Annison is also hoping to attract local long distance walker and MP Rory Stewart, whose proposal to extend the target for high speed mobile coverage from 92% to 98% was passed unanimously by parliament in its lat sitting.
Annison says there will also be a chance to enjoy some Cumbrian craic, despite the anticipated wet weather.
The cost of the afternoon is £30 per head (£20 for concessions). Space is limited and bookings close on Tuesday 13th September.
For those wanting to make a weekend of it, B&Bs in Kirkby Stephen (the event base), Brough, Appleby and the surrounding area are plentiful and cheap (£28+) as is the Black Bull Hotel or the Kings Arms (01768 371378 email@example.com).
You can reserve places on the walk through the Eventbrite page http://colloquium.eventbrite.com, and accommodation directly with the suppliers.