Its 2019 and things have moved on a lot. We have given up hope with Openreach as they have failed to deliver a plan. Looking back we are getting better speeds than in 2013 but reliability is still big issue.

A reconfigured Wessex Internet has offered us Fibre to the Premises this year funded in large part by a Government (DCMS) grant.  See here for the latest on Wessex Internet and plans for better Internet in 2019.


While there is a lot of discussion going on about broadband I thought it worth listing all relevant information in one place.


Here is a link to results of a survey carried out in 2013 in the village.

Here are notes from a recent public meeting on 2nd Oct 2013.

And here is a link to information on rural broadband by the Rural Services Network.

If you want to know more about high speed broadband plans the here are two websites - Devon & Somerset and Dorset.

Key messages from meeting on 16 February 2015.

Farmer Richard Guy builds own signal mast to get over slow internet problems.

Info on Wessex Internet here.

Public Meeting 17 Feb 2017 - notes attached here

Proposed solution from BT Openreach Feb 2017. Spreadsheet of addresses which represents a list of people who may have applied for vouchers.

Public meetings 21 and 22 November 2017


Speed map Here

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Comment by Admin on November 22, 2017 at 23:25

Feedback from meeting on 22 November

  • Contractual issues. Control of increasing costs. Who will police the contract?
  • If FTTC produces the speeds we need shouldn’t we go for that?
  • Go for funding FTTP, there is always a fall back. Go the whole hog, that's £1200 per household.
  • How long will it take, how long to get funding? [ Funding by spring, installed by end 2018 is our goal]
  • Talk to other communities that are further along the process.
  • We need a commercial enterprise to manage this.
Comment by Admin on November 22, 2017 at 23:24

Feedback from mtg on 21 November

  • Have other villages done this? Do we have examples?
  • We need to consider Leigh Common, challenge the costs and look for alternatives.
  • We should push for FTTP to future proof
  • The value of house is a strong argument, possibly stronger than need for higher speed.
  • We should position it that the community really wants this and wants to contribute but we can't do it all on our own
  • In the past we have managed to raise £40k towards £250,000 for cost of new church roof.
  • Timescale - end of next year (2018)
Comment by Admin on February 7, 2017 at 10:09

I came across this article which reminds us it is not just the network that affects the speed with which we can download a page from the internet. It may also be how the page is designed, how many pictures, whether you have downloaded the page before or your computer set up. Worth a read!

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