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Old 07-September-2012, 16:44
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News! UK broadband aided by planning permission rule changes

The government is changing planning permission rules to aid the rollout of faster internet speeds across the UK.

This includes permission for firms to install broadband cabinets and other related infrastructure on public land without local councils' permission in England.

It is also consulting about ways to shorten the time it takes to agree approval for cables and cabinet installation on private land UK-wide.

It builds on a previous 680m pledge.

The commitment includes 150m to create 10 "super-connected" cities offering download speeds of at least 80Mbps (megabits per second) by 2015, and 530m from the BBC licence fee to help boost speeds in the countryside.

The overall aim is to offer speeds of at least 24Mbps to more than 90% of the UK to become the "fastest in Europe" within three years.

At that speed it would take 15 minutes to download a 90-minute high definition programme via iPlayer.
Bypassing councils

Culture Secretary Maria Miller described the latest moves as "sweeping away the red tape" that would otherwise hold the country back.

They are designed to make it easier for BT and others to install 1.4m (4ft 7in) tall cabinets, and retrofit existing ones with new outer shells without running the risk that they will be opposed by the public.

The government said that English councils would only retain the right to object if plans affected a site of special scientific interest.

Internet providers have also been told that they will "face less cost and bureaucracy in laying cables in streets" in England and Wales once officials have found a way to simplify current permit schemes.
Planning row
BT Openreach cabinet BT said it typically took between 28 and 56 days to be granted council permission to install its cabinets

BT ran into problems earlier this year when London's Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea rejected 96 of its 108 applications for street cabinets needed to offer its fibre optic cabling service, leading to the plans being withdrawn.

"BT is already rolling out fibre broadband at record pace but there are a variety of issues that can sometimes slow us down and cause frustration for those consumers and businesses who are keen to get fibre broadband," a spokesman said.

"We are pleased that the government acknowledges those barriers and also that they share our ambition that as many people as possible can benefit from the high speed fibre revolution."

Virgin Media also welcomed the move, but added that it thought the steps were "overdue".

That view was supported by the editor of the Thinkbroadband news site.

"If this announcement had been made in 2010, when firms were getting under way to make bids for BDUK work, then we may have actually had more firms left in the final bidding, rather than the choice of just two, BT and Fujitsu," said Andrew Ferguson.

"While these rule changes will affect [BT's] Openreach most, they will also benefit others like C&W, Hyperoptic, Geo, FibreCity, Virgin Media and other operators who are rolling out fibre.

"The question really is whether a backlash to a new range of street furniture in the market towns will result."

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Old 07-October-2012, 20:30
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Default Re: UK broadband aided by planning permission rule changes

The current ads for "fibre" broadband are slightly misleading in that the fibre is only to the nearest cabinet (FTTC)- This can still be a mile away from your home, mine is 3/4 mile away and the distance from the cabinet is copper and can still greatly reduce your "fibre" speed which is shared (contended) anyway. TRUE fibre to the home is still a commodity that is expensive and available only in rare areas such as cities. When we get true FTTH, speeds in gigabits will be true FAST broadband.
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Old 20-October-2012, 22:58
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interesting,, well checking our place has fttc on the exchange,. need to find an ISP that is trialling the service now?

http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk...uy-it-now.aspx

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Very interesting
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Old 27-November-2012, 01:50
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Interesting indeed. I live in a little village in Wales. We have fibre optic broadband by virtue of BT. I can download a film on netfix in about 10 seconds. I remember when even the idea of downloading a film was out of the question. So now we can. But of course there are always going to be those that ask 'Why does it take so long?'
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Old 27-November-2012, 13:46
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I live in a little village in Wales. We have fibre optic broadband by virtue of BT.
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Oh lucky you. We have copper wire and only TalkTalk (and BT of course) in our Exchange!

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Old 29-November-2012, 01:25
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Hey Gem mate, if you do not yet have access to fast broadband, check out why. It may well be your own council that is holding it up.
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Could well be the Council - Dorset. We don't even have a motorway in the county (or a local radio station)!
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Old 02-December-2012, 01:35
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oooh that's tough gem mate. May I suggest that you move to Wales? Hey, don't knock it, I was born in London and I love it here.
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Old 02-December-2012, 14:21
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We were both born in London but eventually moved to Kent for 33 years, now retired to Dorset since 2007.
Don't plan to move any more - although we do spend 6 months (3 x 2 months) of the year in Brittany! Even slower Broadband by Wi-Fi).
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Old 06-December-2012, 01:19
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France, I love France. Had planned to move there several years ago. Sadly a medical problem arose which put a stop to it. But, there you go, life is what it is.
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there has been alot of promises from the last govt and they nothing came of it. i know virgin has plans to offer internet via useing the mobile phone masts to offer Virgin tv and broadband as a package.offer the service where virgin has no underground cable connections. this is most suitable in rural areas like us here.
But agin providers have been very slow in promises and nothing happens?
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Um' flash matey, I kinda missed some of your last post. Myself, 3 G&T's I'm ok, after that, forget it .... well at least some of it.

Out here in the valleys of Wales we got BT Infinity, we got super fast broadband. Hell man, you is receivin' this 'fore I even posted it. 'taint the government man, check in with your council.
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