I have just received the following update from an Openreach manager.
"I've read a note dated the 13/04/2021 from the programme lead advising that there was an issue with live power cables touching trees which needed to be cut therefore a major safety issue. Looks like this has now been resolved and the programme is back on track and the commissioning is due to start very soon. You will be notified once this is completed and will then be able to place an order for the service."
So we still do not know when!!
1. Fibre cable work almost completed
2. DCMS have been sending emails about your voucher expiring, you may have received or may receive one. I have spoken to Openreach this morning and they say to ignore any such emails, they have the problem in hand.
3. When cabling complete Openreach will check all is well.
4. Openreach will then contact all suitable ISP's (BT, Sky, Talk Talk, EE etc) and tell them that FTTP is available.
5. Openreach will then email me that FTTP is live and I will contact everyone.
A couple of residents in Normanby expressed concerns about how the verges have been left by he contractors. I have today spoken to one of the managers from UFN, the contractors, who has told me that when they have completed all the work they will be making good any outstanding work and reseeding the verges.
Some more news. The same manager has informed me that they are installing all the necessary ducts and cables from the exchange through to the villages. They will also fit the distribution boxes at the top of all the poles. Now the good part!! They are hoping to get this completed before the end of January ready for Openreach to connect to each household. If you notice any markings on the road with the letters "UFN" don't worry. This is where there is a blockage in the underground duct, they will need to dig a small hole to rectify.
Email message from Openreach
I’m writing to give you an update on your community funded FTTP Project in Owersby Moor xx Claxby and I am pleased to say that we are making good progress and the survey and planning work is complete. We are now in the build stage of our deployment where we can actually start to install the fibre network and associated infrastructure. You might see our engineers working nearby but they could also be working anywhere on the route from your community back to the local telephone exchange. We will be in touch with you again in the next few months as we get nearer to the go live date, however I just wanted to let you know that as it stands, we are on track for your go live date in March 2021.
Contractors working in village connecting base of poles to underground ducts.
1. Openreach survey completed.
2. Fibre cable successfully installed over the railway line yesterday.
We are now in the planning and build stage of the project.
Contract signed. We are now in the planning and design stage of the project.
We have now reached £126,500 and only require one more DCMS voucher. I am going to sign the contract with Openreach on Monday 11th to start the design and installation process. I will then email all residents of Claxby and Normanby-le-Wold every time I get any information from Openreach. They suggest that the timescale for completion will be of the order 9 to 12 months from date of signing the contract. Do not worry if you have not been asked to claim a DCMS voucher as we had more vouchers available than was needed (see below), everyone we approached will be included in the contract to get an FTTP connection.
Current Ultrafast Fibre Broadband deals with BT look something like this:-
Name of Package Speed Cost per month
Fibre Essential 36Mbps £27.99
Fibre 1 50Mbps £27.99
Full Fibre 100 150Mbps £39.99
Full Fibre 500 500Mbps £49.99
Full Fibre 900 900Mbps £59.99
There are also options to include BT TV (£10-£20 per month), BT Sport (£15-£20) and telephone plans, including 500 minutes per month to UK landlines or mobiles, day or night, for £5.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have started sending email requests for residents to claim their voucher. The reason you may not have had a voucher request is that Openreach are only entitled to claim sufficient vouchers to meet the £128,000 total cost. So initially they have claimed 68 vouchers from DCMS out of a total of over 90 that are available. If some of those 68 vouchers are not claimed by residents, Openreach will then forward to DCMS email addresses from those remaining on the list. Please keep looking, it may be one/two weeks before you are asked to complete a voucher request from DCMS.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have started sending email requests for residents to claim their voucher. Please reply to the email ASAP and will you let tme know so I can keep a record of how many vouchers have been claimed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org - thank you.
Received a final quotation from Openreach, just less than £128,000. We have told Openreach to go ahead with the project and let the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) know and for them to email all interested residents to claim the Rural Gigabit voucher. This will be done in the next two to three weeks (all being well with the Coronavirus problem)
There has been a small problem as some of the properties uploaded on 11/02/020 were not on the original quotation. This has now been overcome so Openreach need to do an update costing. We are waiting for this to arrive.
Property details for both Claxby and Normanby-le-Wold have been sent to Openreach. They will be forwarded to Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport. This government department is issuing the vouchers to Openreach. It will shortly be emailing all residents in order to claim each individual voucher. It is essential that you reply to this email to ensure the money generated by your voucher is available to Openreach to cover cost of the infrastructure. Once the infrastructure is in place you will be able to contact an Internet Service Provider and access Ultrafast Broadband (FTTP). To abide by the conditions of the voucher you must take out an ISP contract of at least 12 months.
Current number of properties that have taken up the offer of voucher.
89 residences £ 133,500
18 businesses £ 36,000 £2000 premium for businesses
Total £ 169,500
A company called Claxby Community Fibre Broadband Ltd has been set up to act as the Legal Entity, a body required by Openreach to sign the contract for the infrastructure to be installed in both villages. This has incurred annual costs to myself and the other directors but has been necessary to protect us financially.
Current number of properties that have taken up the offer of voucher.
Claxby 61 residences £ 91,500
17 businesses £ 34,000 £2000 premium for businesses
Should be enough for Claxby to proceed. No figures for Normanby yet.
The following deals are currently offered to properties that have an FTTP connection
Superfast Fibre 50mbps £31.99
Superfast Fibre 2 74mbps £39.99
Ultrafast Fibre 100 150mbps £39.99
Ultrafast Fibre 250 300mbps £49.99
Pro-forma printed for each individal property owner. Started to go round villages again to collect additional data require by Openreach and clarify what deals are available from BT. Initially Ultrafast Fibre 100 and Ultrafast Fibre 250 were the deals that looked the best. Time scale of 9 to 12 months suggested by Openreach.
Properties on Mulberry Road, St Mary's Lane and Boggle Lane not eligible for voucher due to inaccuracy in Ofcom web site. Resolved satisfactorily on 16/01/2020
Received ball-park figure from Openreach for job on 2nd January 2020.
Core community – 102 Premises
Initial Estimate – £82,326.00
Cost Per Premise – £807.12
All addresses have now been uploaded to the Openreach Portal. Openreach are now working on a ballpark cost so during this time our application is 'locked'. We'll hear from them soon with a figure that we can discuss with our community. Once we've done that, we have to let Openreach know if we want to proceed. Openreach will then work up a full design, showing what speeds each premise would receive.
Have a look at this website. It covers a lot of basic info regarding Mr Corbyn,'s promise of full-fibre broadband to every home and the future for That and 5G. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50432073
Almost all addresses entered into Openreach Community Portal. We are still waiting for a couple to be entered.
Download Gigabit Scheme details
Link to Gigabit Voucher Scheme
Link to Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme