Fibre GarDen in Garsdale and Dentdale is back in the news once more. Even though this RCBF project that might cost some £700,000 to deliver FTTP to hundreds of homes and businesses has been talked about for some years a decision to de-scope the area from the Connecting Cumbria project only took place in December 2014.
The latest news seems to be that this decision is being questioned and a re-evaluation will take place on 5th February. The worry is that the Fibre GarDen may not deliver, with worries over backhaul access being denied by Network Rail, but the project chairman claiming the backhaul is secure and with a new provider that is better than the last. The talk of a Connecting Cumbria fibre cabinet being installed in Dent is a worrying turn and questions need to be asked why when the rough footprint of Fibre GarDen has been known for so long, was this an act of a distant detached planner with a spreadsheet or a County Council/BT attempt further increase the political tension.
We would hope that the FTTH network can go ahead and will run for many decades, as things stood in September 2014 pricing looked likely to be £45 per month for an unlimited 100 Mbps service, with a more basic 30 Mbps service for £25 with a 40GB usage limit.
We have looked for recent updates from Fibre GarDen which is a trading name of Digital Dales (UK) Ltd, but the twitter account and website digitaldales.com are looking fairly dead at this time.