Gigabit surfaces on a housing development in Carlisle
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.