Villagers bypass long BDUK wait and pay for cabinet upgrade
It does not happen often, but Islip in Oxfordshire is one of a few places in the UK where they have paid towards the cost for Openreach to bring their FTTC service to an area. IT Pro is reporting that a £11,000 contribution was required, but before everyone goes and raids their piggy bank, the costs will vary for every street cabinet based on the factors like the cost of power for the hardware and distance to the existing Openreach fibre network.
The raising of this money means that there is one less cabinet for the Oxfordshire BDUK based broadband plan to enable. In theory if one looks at the size of Islip you would expect it to be covered under the superfast element of the BDUK project, but with these projects set to run into 2015 and beyond in some cases, it may be that residents and businesses in Islip decided that waiting and the additional risk that they may be bypassed and left with just a basic 2 Mbps USC type service was too great.
The engineering work is expected to finish around June 2013. For those where faster than FTTC speeds are important the option for Fibre on Demand may also prove attractive once rolled out.
Publically available minutes from Islip Parish Council meetings indicate that this appears to have been a competition between Openreach and Gigaclear, with both parties making a presentation back in October 2012 and concerns over broadband speeds going back some years before that.