For those of you that completed the Superfast Broadband Questionaire, here is an update:
Superfast Broadband in Surrey – the latest position
Surrey County Council is following a competitive dialogue procurement process to select a private sector company to extend the roll-out of broadband in Surrey to those areas that are not commercially viable for the private sector to invest alone. The aim is to ensure that homes and businesses can access superfast broadband and make use of the benefits it offers, no matter where they are located in the county.
Final proposals were received from two bidders in June. These provided detail on issues such as technology, deployment, speeds and cost. The proposals were evaluated against a set of criteria, which took into account both cost and quality to find the best solution for Surrey.
On 24 July 2012 Surrey County Council’s Cabinet considered the proposals and took the decision to award the contract to the preferred bidder.
The project is now in a ten day standstill period, as required by the Public Contracts Regulations (2006).
The contract will be finalised with the preferred bidder and signed during August.
At this point the County Council will be in a position to provide further details around this ground breaking, superfast broadband contract for Surrey. A joint press release shall be issued with the Supplier and a bulletin will be circulated to provide information.
Surrey County Council will work with the Supplier to develop the deployment schedule. Information on where and when superfast broadband will be deployed will be available in the Autumn.
Superfast Broadband Project Team
Surrey County Council
Dont forget to register your interest for BT to extend their BT Infinity coverage to Hambledon. If more residents expressed their interest in BT Infinity the logging of this demand may give BT a greater impetus to roll out towards Hambledon. So please use their BT Infinity availability checker and confirm your interest so we can build a weight of demand. Just go here: http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/
We have heard about initiatives for Superfast Broadband but they are not going to change anything for a very long time. Hambledon remains in the slow lane, with Broadband bandwidth crawling along under 2Mbs – amongst some of the worst performing areas in the country. BT has an interim solution – the relatively new BT Infinity system that promises slightly better speed of broadband – by installing fibreoptic cables to street cabinets. It is being rolled out slowly to many parts of the country – but BT is being selective about where it installs fibre. Milford has got BT Infinity already but the cabinet serving Hydestile and North Hambledon (at Milford Station) is not scheduled for upgrade yet. Maybe there are town planning delays to this, or more likely I am guessing it is driven by demand for broadband and potential catchment area. So maybe if more residents expressed their interest in BT Infinity the logging of this demand may give BT a greater impetus to roll out towards Hambledon. So please use their BT Infinity availability checker and confirm your interest so we can build a weight of demand. Just go here: http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/
If 30 or so people register interest it may make the difference.
If you want to check your broadband speed – try this: http://www.speedtest.net/
As part of his brief as Secretary of State for Media, Culture and Sport, Jeremy Hunt has launched a campaign to promote superfast broadband. As our local MP, he is also working closely with Surrey County Council to ensure that, by 2015, everyone in South West Surrey will be able to access speeds of at least 2 Mbps and that 90 per cent of households and businesses will have access to superfast. These will soon be necessities of every day life so, to ensure that Hambledon does not get left behind, it is important for all of us to register a demand now.
The best way of doing this is by completing the Surrey Strategic Partnership’s Superfast Broadband survey. The Parish Council has therefore arranged for everyone to receive a copy of the survey and hopes that all households and businesses in the village will complete and return it, either by e-mail or by post. The responses will be used by Surrey County Council to support its conversations with industry and help secure funding for the project. It is currently in discussions with five selected companies and aims to place a contract with one of them by next July.
Superfast Surrey Survey