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Milton Keynes provides reminder that final third is not just rural
Thursday 14 June 2012 16:06:17 by Andrew Ferguson

With the very vocal rural population and subsequent press coverage, it is easy to assume the the £530m BDUK project is aimed at rural communities, but a good many of the areas that will benefit from the project will actually be urban areas (around 80% of the UK live in an urban setting).

Milton Keynes has featured regularly in broadband news, having suffered a myriad of experiments over the years, and now has some areas with full fibre (100 Mbps+), and others with partial fibre (up to 80 Mbps). Bill Murphy from BT talking at the Next Gen Roadshow indicated that once BT finishes its commercial roll-out there will still be not-spots in Milton Keynes with respect to superfast broadband. These areas should therefore benefit from the ongoing BDUK project, that Milton Keynes Council working with Beds Borough and Central Beds Council are working towards. A simple matrix outlining council goals until 2017 can be found here.

With current goal of 90% of the UK having access to superfast broadband by 2015, and the remaining 10% getting 2 Mbps or faster, it is worth considering the fact, that this final 10% represents almost half of the rural households and businesses in the UK. It is likely that EU funding that should be more widely available from 2015, and a potential further £300m from the UK Government (very dependent on next General Election result) will go on projects between 2015 and 2020, to further upgrade the final 10% and bring their broadband speeds closer to that of the cities.

Comments

Posted by Somerset about 1 year ago
Time for a list of every full UK postcode showing what is available now and planned. And with accurate speed details, not produced from properties with dodgy wiring.
Posted by shadowrider921009 about 1 year ago
I have wondered about his for a while, who exactly gets BDUK funding. The current FTTC roll-out has left so many (almost random) areas with slower speeds just because they did not receive an FTTC cabinet. I mean for instance in Canterbury the two largest housing developments were ignored by OR's FTTC roll-out. So my question is what about the Non-rural urban areas without FTTC, I assume BDUK is aimed to solve this?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
@shadowrider921009 As articles says the BDUK projects are not just rural areas only.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
@somerset Only way to rule out dodgy wiring, is individual visits and re-wiring.

Producing per postcode information, is likely to be more costly than just implementing service and see who complains loudest.
Posted by shadowrider921009 about 1 year ago
I just wonder how long it will take before we start to see BDUK funded FTTC. The whole process seems to be taking rather long. I would was hoping that I would be able to get FTTC this year, but as it turned out my cab. had no planned date and still does not. I only hope it will be a year or less until we get an FTTC cab. but it seems unlikely.
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