Partnership approach brings high-speed broadband to Beaulieu, Hampshire
A partnership between local residents and Openreach, BT’s local network division, is to make high-speed fibre broadband available to around 40 houses in Beaulieu’s Dock Lane community.
Openreach will install new fibre optic cabling and upgrade the green road-side cabinet equipped with the latest Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology. High-speed fibre broadband speeds will be available for the first time from a wide range of broadband service providers. The co-funded deal, in which every Dock Lane household contributed, has just been signed and is expected to see the first residents get the high-speed service next year.
Jim Rowland, chairman of a local residents association called Hummicks Residents Ltd, who was part of the community project team leading the campaign, said: “Broadband speeds are more important now than ever before. When we knew that we were not included in any current fibre broadband rollout plans, we felt that a community fibre partnership with Openreach was the best way forward. Fibre broadband can’t come quickly enough for us all.
“Fortunately, we have an established residents association so we were able to quickly coordinate matters such as detailed financial planning with Openreach, through the four people on the community project team.”
Kim Mears, Openreach’s managing director for infrastructure delivery, said: “It is great to be able to work with proactive communities like Beaulieu to find a fibre broadband solution. We are working on hundreds of similar community fibre partnership programmes across the UK, which are bringing faster internet access to even more homes and businesses. Openreach is committed to making fibre broadband as widely available as possible.”
Unlike other companies, Openreach offers fibre broadband access to all service providers on an open, wholesale basis, which underpins a competitive market and delivers real customer choice.
For more information on community fibre partnerships with BT visit www.communityfibre.bt.com