Whether the broadband plans for Surrey are world leading is very much open to debate, those living in cities across Europe with access to a full fibre service would disagree, and those living in many rural areas in the Nordic countries might disagree too. What we do have with the Superfast Surrey project is the promise that superfast broadband will be available to nearly 100% of premises - the phrase 'within a whisker' has been used before.
The good news is that the project is moving on rapidly from just meetings, as the first fourteen exchange areas to see the Openreach FTTC service rolled out have been announced: Abinger, Betchworth, Bramley, Chobham, Dawes Green, Dunsfold, Elstead, Godstone, Newdigate, Nuffield Ridge, Oakwood Hill, Oxted, South Godstone, Wormley.
There are some additional areas where extra cabinets will be enabled to supplement the commercial roll-out that is already serving some 360,000 premises across Surrey, they are: Bagshot, Bookham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Godalming, Merstham and Redhill.
These 14 exchanges cover some 15,000 households, which represents around one fifth of the work needing to be completed to meet the 2015 deadline. The Superfast Surrey website has been launched but is very sparse on information, with just a postcode checker and a form to register for updates, an alternative postcode checker is also available as the postcode checker on the Superfast Surrey site can be a hit and miss affair.