North Lincolnshire Council mobile library visits Eastoft every third Friday in
St Bartholomews Square from 11.05 am to 11:25 am.
Eastoft Broadband Extension Update as of 29/7/2018
We now have the final figure from Openreach
Unfortunately, due to making sure that everyone on the western side of the village can be served, the price has gone up (back to where we were in the first place when only 121 premises were to be served; now the number is 149 premises). Due to this we are a few thousand short of the final figure that would enable us to sign the contract. We are very grateful for all of you who have signed up for the voucher scheme but really need for some more to come forward.
I am aware that the cost of moving to fibre would seem excessive to some and this has put some of and understandingly there are some who really would not benefit due to low usage.
However, I would like to encourage those whose reticence is due to perceived cost to look at your total bill for your broadband service (some of you may even still be paying for an extra line unnecessarily) and then compare that to the expected cost of the first year for fibre service through the voucher system.
For instance (in round figures) the cost to me at present for the very slow unreliable system per month is £43 (including vat and line rental) and to get the full fibre service from BT at present prices (I have been quoted direct from BT online chat) would be £54.95 including vat and line rental. So;
Please could you give this some consideration and don’t hesitate to contact us on 07710502125 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss the above.
And please remember this is for the minimum contract only even which if 18 months is still just over £200 for the year and then you may well choose to downgrade your speed to a cheaper plane. Please also note that I cannot guarantee these prices as they are obtained at this date.
EASTOFT BROADBAND EXTENSION
MEETING held at Eastoft Village hall 6th March
Many thanks to all those who turned out for an extremely interactive & encouraging meeting last night at the village hall.
Also a big thanks to Cllr Reed for attending & her responses to the many questions posed.
It was disappointing that no member of the Parish Council attended other than Sandra Taylor who is on the EBE committee. With such an important topic one might have thought there would have been an interest shown from one or two who sit on the Parish council, alas this was not to be the case. This will be brought to the attention of the Parish Council, as an agenda point on Monday 12th March meeting.
The meeting was held on behalf of the village to ascertain what the residents views were on the Superfast Broadband options, & what actions the committee could take forward on their behalf.
After many questions wereanswered, mostly around funding, those attending seemed very clear in their conclusions that they would prefer FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) rather than the FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) option, which would leave in excess of 18 residents without some or any improvement in their broadband speed & reliability.
The vote was quite unanimous, with 18 out of 20 attending voting for FTTP. We also know of other residents who have shown interest who could not come for personal reasons.
However, this then begs the question of how to raise the funds for such a project, with a figure in excess of £50,000 needing to be raised.
Cllr Reed expressed the avenues she had already explored, though to date without any positive outcomes. However it was suggested from the floor that we should be able to go back to SSE, & ask the panel who preside over the projects, to consider the bid again, & that we should be able to ask for £30k. Though previously we have been told, this would only be for FTTC. A suitable case is to be presented at the next round of meetings in late April. There is also an additional SSE fund for North Lincs of £170k per annum, which has not supported the Isle much over the past few years, so that is another possible source. There was talk about turning the Hall into an Internet Café, where there may be an option to apply to Awards for All. Also another couple of wind farms adjacent to the area can be contacted.
One of the funding options is to support Lincs Lotto, for every £1 spent, 50p would be donated to the cause. (www.lincslotto.co.uk) Of course there is also the chance of winning a nice monetary prize each week. As we have already registered for Lincslotto just go to their web site & search for Eastoft Broadband. Plus if any residents have any fund raising ideas please let us know, as the more active we are, the more favourable the project will be received.
Those attending last night completed a short questionnaire, asking about their current broadband experience & speed. This questionnaire will be placed online & anyone wishing to add their information will be appreciated. If you let us know your e mail address too we will add you to the directory for future communications.
COMMITTEE Vacancies – we have a committee of 4 persons currently, with one having to stand down owing to personal reasons. This gives us 2 posts vacant for anyone who wishes to offer their time & energy to the project. The committee meet generally on a monthly basis or as & when required. Also meeting with Cllrs & North Lincs from time to time, so it isn’t a great commitment of time, but it would be beneficial to have a full committee to share the tasks that lay ahead.
A final thank you again to all those who voiced their opinions last night, of which there were many, & so encouraging & positive were the outcomes.
Update to Eastoft Superfast Broadband.
Eastoft Broadband Extension (Community Funded)
We have just had the second meeting with North lincs Council re getting superfast broadband into the rest of the village (we being the committee formed to get things moving and accessing grants etc.)
The meeting was to formalise where we needed to go next with applying for grant funding to meet the cost of getting BT/Openreach to supply the infrastructure (there is no competition in the village unfortunately) and to ask a few questions mostly of a technical nature.
We are looking now to formalise the structure of the committee and take this on as fast as we can to realise our wish for decent broadband speeds for everyone in the village that wants them.
We will know more by the time of our next meeting and will seek to keep you all up to date as much as we can. Please encourage those who you know will not read this that we are working for everyone not just those on facebook.
Any questions please ask an we will try our best to answer but please be aware we are at a very early stage and may not yet have an answer. Either on here or through me will be fine.
Broadband for the rest of the village and how it is progressing.
I have been invited to a meeting with the two North Lincs councillors and others on the 13th September in Scunthorpe to try and get the ball rolling properly with regard to funding.
I am not sure yet what Openreach are proposing but I expect to find out at the above date. I am happy to take any comments desires to the meeting if I get any chance to actually propose anything.
My personal opinion is that we should push for FTTdp/node that will then negate any problems that DO exist on the copper/aluminium cable that is in the ground and also for those who are a long way out.
Openreach could easily treat us as a pilot for the technology which has been around for quite a while now.
If there is any interest I can give you an overview of the technology in laymans terms so you can understand what you would get. The major change would be that you could get rid of your landline and port your number over VoIP and run that down the same fast fibre connection.
This would also avoid having to dig up gardens etc and the final leg of the service would be over the existing overhead which would not affect the actual speed of the service to any extent.
Some of the extra small cost of the fibre service would be recouped by not having to pay as much a £18.95 a quarter for your landline.
That’s just a quick overview.
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