A so called ‘Digital Britain’ is something we all can be looking forward to in the next few years apparently, however it definitely seems to be the case that despite this scheme being excellent, the Government seems to be somewhat ‘at a loss’ as how to bring a decent broadband signal to every home by 2012 according to a recent article from the fellas at Broadband Genie.
The purpose of Digital Britain is to allow people especially in rural communities to access the internet, and no doubt any home in the UK. According to The Rural Broadband Initiative , cites broadband as the technology ‘enabler’ for people in rural communities.
Good old British Telecoms seems to have a solution of course – be that at the right price! Of course. BT has created a product related to their fairly successful Openreach trials, which spawned the ‘Broadband Enabling Technology’ – pretty sucky name if you ask me! The BET technology will bring better connections to especially rural areas so people like the ‘Fibre Warriors’ which I previously mentioned who are so sick of the government’s distinct inability to to provide areas such as Cumbria with adequate access to the outside world! The BET technology ‘amplifies broadband signals’ and has been successfully trialed in parts of Scotland where according to Broadband Genie –
A stable 1Mb was achieved at premises up to 12km from the exchange.
Broadband Genies article also states that ‘Eight more rural exchanges are to benefit from September 30, but after that it seems that BT is looking for someone to put their hand in their pocket. Openreach plans to approach local authorities to subsidise a wider roll-out – and when you consider that using BET to boost signals costs an incredible £1,000 to £3,000 per line, you can see why.’
Presently it seems that Cumbria’s residents are struggling by on Mobile Broadband Contracts or paying for Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband, lets hope the government PTFFO and sort the problem for them and indeed the huge amounts of people who do not have a ‘enabling’ broadband connection as standard.