Contentious Lancashire broadband project continues
The Lancashire BDUK project is continuing to deliver its VDSL2 based services. The local press has been spotted by ISPreview listing a number of areas for the Spring 2014 campaign, and after a quick check it does not look like the Battle of BT and B4rn in Dolphinholme has commenced yet.
The areas covered by the Spring rollout include some areas previously mentioned and are: Burnley, Belmont, Barnoldswick, Salterforth, Whitworth, Shawforth, Mellor, Mellor Brook, Ribchester, Bolton-by-Bowland and West Bradford. Clearly Burnley is not a rural location, but the footprint of the over 100 cabinets on the exchange includes some rural areas to the south e.g. Walk Mill, Cliviger and Clow Bridge which are also well outside the Virgin Media cable footprint.
The Lancashire Telegraph includes some coverage figures, i.e. as of now there are 300 fibre cabinets in the county which mean some 370,000 have the option to order the service. Given the number of households in Lancashire is around 620,000 we presume that these figures include the commercial roll-out too. It is the blurring of figures like this that confuse and lead to the verbal sparring.
Lancashire is also the home of B4rn who back in November 2013 had hit the 350 homes connected figure an extra 336 since their first connections in 2012. While B4rn supporters and BT often appear to not get along, generally the two projects are aiming at very different areas, B4rn is concentrated in the final 3% of Lancashire, while the BT project is looking to fill in the middle with gap funding, the question really is how will the two schemes fare if they do eventually overlap in a place like Dolphinholme.