Community, council and BT to deliver FTTP to Cotwalton
One postcode may seem insignificant in the overall picture with regards to the overall UK superfast and ultrafast broadband picture but for the 12 to 18 premises in Cotwalton, Staffordshire once the Openreach FTTP service goes live in 2017 it will see them jump out of the old slow 1 to 3 Mbps world of long line ADSL into the 21st century.
The small community is getting news coverage because it is the first one to see FTTP rolled out as a joint community, BDUK project and BT Community Fibre installation.
The roll-out is set to involve 3 km of fibre running from either Stone or Hilderstone where the Staffordshire BDUK project has already gap funded cabinets and while some premises in Cotwalton in theory have access to VDSL2 it is down at the bottom end with 1 to 4 Mbps speeds and generally when VDSL2 is this slow we have seen people get a more reliable service from the ADSL/ADSL2+ products.
It is possible the community might have seen improvements at a later date via the later phases of the BDUK project in the area or the USO but with the later not due to be in place until 2020 it is perfectly reasonable to shortcut the long wait, or put another way given the costs involved in moving home or a business channelling that money into better local infrastructure may be more productive and involve less disruption.