Fixed wireless broadband has been growing in popularity quietly and while the reputation can vary from operator to operator, there are plenty of good news examples if you dig beyond the headlines about BT that fill most coverage. It seems that the Superfast Dorset project is being supportive of Wessex Internet who already operate in parts of rural North Dorset and South West Wiltshire.
The support is not as clear cut as for example in Lincolnshire where funding is already delivering improvements in areas of the county. In the case of Dorset it looks to be encouragement to apply for a share of the £10 million Government fund that opens on 17th March and replaces the old RCBF project.
Kind words may not pay the bills and guarantee funding, but after the problems of identifying the larger project coverage areas a supporting voice in the council could go a long way to getting the all important detail on intervention areas, and thus carve out the necessary area so that EU State Aid rules are not broken. Of course there is always the option of creating a voucher scheme, as Wales and the SuperConnected cities scheme has done to avoid this stumbling block, which can be useful in removing the stumbling block of set-up fees.
Wessex Internet has around 30km of fibre in the ground linking numerous masts and has some 2,000 customers across 30 communities and thus is no stranger to the challenges of rural areas, and by utilising Gigabit fibre to the masts should have no problem offering a 30 Mbps service to those really rural areas where properties are too dispersed to be economic (even with some subsidy) using fixed line technology.
Mark Jackson over on ISPReview spotted this good news snippet. Hopefully the support will prove to be more than lip service, and with fixed wireless generally having a shorter lead time to deploy may mean those hardest to reach areas of North Dorset and South West Wiltshire get a service that lets them do more than just wait for video to buffer.