Another not-for-profit company has been set-up and this time its aim is to bring superfast wireless broadband to some 250 premises around the Humbie and Fala areas of East Lothian and Midlothian.
The project has just signed an agreement with Lothian Broadband who will provide the actual service, though their website is a bit sparse on things like cost and speeds of packages but does have the news on the confirmed project. The fixed wireless network is expected to go live this Autumn and is the result of a £152,000 grant from Community Broadband Scotland (CBS).
The funding from CBS means this is part of the Digital Scotland programme and will add to the goal of 95% coverage by 2017. Though given this is just 18 months away we suspect that the words should be 'by the end of 2017' as Scotland is a full 20 percentage points short of that goal if they mean superfast speeds but based on our previous reading of actual Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project documents, they usually mean 95% fibre based a target which they are just 15% short of. So while there is still this on-going confusion on goals, people can celebrate some more money not going towards BT.
"We have worked very closely with the local community who have a highly motivated group of volunteers. Their commitment and dedication will see this access to faster, more reliable broadband become a reality. With previous broadband speeds of less than 2Mbps, the new network has the potential to transform how the local community live, work and learn. The project also paves the way for further work locally, and CBS is liaising with East Lothian Council to look at broadband options for those in harder to reach areas."Bob Murison, CBS advisor
We have looked at the information we hold for the area and the Humbie exchange which serves a large chunk of the likely wireless footprint is purely an IPStream Max exchange, with speed tests results showing a range of speeds from 6.5 Mbps (Humbie) down to less than 1 Mbps (Fala) depending on the distance from the exchange.