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Gigabit surfaces on a housing development in Carlisle
Thursday 14 November 2013 09:52:36 by Andrew Ferguson

It is getting easier to find places where Gigabit Broadband is available, those buying a property on a new housing development just north of Carlisle will have access to a 1000 Mbps connection with a range of prices, a 30 Mbps connection costing £27.50 per month, 100 Mbps £35 and the full Gigabit for £85 per month and a £150 install fee and a 2 year contract.

The development was spotted by Mark on ISPreview, and while the developer has planning permission for some 850 properties the first phase appears to be around 70 homes. The broadband packages have many options and include TV, once you add all the extras you get a price tag of £130 but that includes Up to 1,000 Mb upload & download speed, phone with free anytime calls, full Sky channel TV lineup including Sky Sports & Sky Movies, 1 TV Set-Top Box, Network Hub, 1TB Cloud Drive.

Some of the usual caveats apply, e.g. it is cheaper to get broadband with a telephone line included, that broadband only, caller ID only remains free if you make 2 calls per month. For those moving in immediately there are some crucial snippets of info on the TV side "Currently some Sky channels (those owned by BSkyB) do not allow in-network recording. BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and other on demand services are available Winter 2013. Some On Demand content may require separate subscriptions. Some features: including Cloud Storage, Online Backup is available Winter 2013. Some Sky HD Channels are not available until Spring 2013.".

Story Homes is the property developer and hopefully this may encourage other developers to look at similar schemes.


Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
It is indeed encouraging to see the gathering flow of JDI initiatives, fed up with BT's spoiling tactics, and providing a real and useable alternative. I dare to hope that the take up will support the schemes. We need a bit less of Liv and "you don't need more than 24mb" and a bit more of this. Obviously it will be businesses that take up the high speed stuff to start with since, until the penny drops, brain-washed Joe Public probably thinks 2mb will be fine.

Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
The news that a few providers have given up waiting for HMG to wake up is cheering. Certainly the staged pricing is vital in my opinion, and offering a 'real' 30mb at a do-able price will hopefully tempt people into the plan and they will then be able to move up a cog or two when they are ready.

We may even get 'the best broadband in Europe' without DC's help!
Posted by fastman over 3 years ago
interesting i guess the question whos managing the connection and the traffic management and what choise do you get as an individual in terms of package and speed
Posted by pcoventry76 over 3 years ago
Holy Hell! £80 with line rental but £200 stand alone!?

@fastman there won't be any STM as they don't need it as they have new age fibre not this VM old stuff... I think
Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
"but £200 stand alone!?" - company now saying "£100"
Posted by herdwick over 3 years ago
About time developers stepped up to the plate and provided connected homes like this, rather than fitting the 20CN utilities and running away.
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