Mel Bryan of Cambridgeshire’s Alconbury Telecom has done some homework on how much money is really available to get high speed broadband to most if not all the homes in Britain, which I am pleased to reproduce here.
Mel said: “I have analysed the rural population of Cambridgeshire and concluded that half the population (Ofcom 47%) live in villages of less than 1,000 dwellings which can’t therefore meet BT’s current requirement of 1,000 signatures per exchange to demand BT Infinity – some 130,000 dwellings (CCC’s statistics dept).
“Digital Britain/Next Generation Access (NGA) report estimates the average cost of providing SFBB (superfast broadband) to a rural dwelling is £1,750 per dwelling.
“What we have now on the table for Cambridgeshire is:
|Central Government (BDUK)
||£51 per dwelling
||£153 per dwelling
||£333 per dwelling
|Total per dwelling
“So we have a shortfall in funding of £1,213 per dwelling.
“The government have set a target that every home should have a minimum speed of 2Mbps by 2015; this is totally inadequate to provide acceptable response times now, let alone in four years time when the internet will be unrecognisable compared to today.
“It’s also technically impossible to provide that without fibre to every BT street cabinet – typically today’s rural dwelling in Cambridgeshire see speeds of 0 to <2Mbs if they live more than 3km from their local exchange.”
Perhaps some other counties would like to do the sums and see how they add up. That should help manage expectations. And provoke some questions.