The stories on this, the town’s website, relating to the people of the town of Whitchurch, Hampshire entering, campaigning, and winning the BT Race to Infinity (for fibre optic equipment which offers faster broadband speeds) in the autumn of 2010 are below. Further stories about the progress of installation are also to be found here.
- BT: The Race to Infinity – How to Guide (pdf)
- 3 November: Town Council supports Faster Broadband for Whitchurch – your vote counts!
- 6 November: Faster Broadband Campaign
- 15 November: Local mum wins £100 as Broadband Campaign takes off
- 23 November: BREAKING NEWS – Broadband Vote 1000 Qualifies Town In No.2 Spot in UK
- 1 December: Broadband Voting Tops 50%, Sir George To Visit, and Sam Wins a Cam
- 4 December: Leader of the House Urges Locals to Vote In Broadband Race
- 10 December: No Internet Access for Many on Thursday
- 17 December: Whitchurch is in with a real chance – we could win!
- 17 December: Broadband Campaign hits 75%
- 22 December: Broadband Race Interrogation Reshuffles Results
- 30 December: STOP PRESS – Whitchurch hits top of UK Faster Broadband Leader Board
WINNING AND PRIZES
- 3 January: WE WON! Top in the UK for Rural Broadband!
- 2 March: Get those ideas in! £5000 available
- 11 May: Broadband prize – Winners announced
- 20 June: Your can help choose – that IT Prize for Whitchurch!
- 26 February: The boxes are arriving
- 12 July: Latest on Faster Broadband Installation
- 8 September: Faster Broadband Cabinet Plans Revealed
- 1 November: Race to Infinity latest
- 30 November: Latest – Faster Broadband For All
- 1 December: Faster Broadband – the Latest Roll-Out Details (a report on the face-to-face sit-down drink-up meeting with folks from the mothership)
- 2 February: Is there a Broadband Hiccup?
- 14 February: Faster Broadband – Latest News
- 27 February: Explanation for Faster Broadband Roll-Out Date
- 23 March: Faster Broadband still starting mid-April says BT
- 20 April: Faster Broadband Approaching Slowly…
- 6 May: BT work continues through bank holiday weekend
- 16 May: Faster Broadband is Here!
- 22 May: Broadband Installed – see the connection speed rocket
- 26 September: Faster Internet campaigner slowly gets sped up
- 26 September: More hiccups for BT faster broadband roll-out
- 11 January: Crawl to Infinity – Two Years On (updated 14 and 22 January)
- 8 August: More delays for BT fibre internet installation (also see letter to editor on 23 July HERE)
- 26 September: BBC News report “Rural broadband rollout attacked by committee of MPs“
- 26 September: BT Abandons Race to Infinity Winners
- 12 November: Unhappy anniversary? BT breaks vow again, makes Christmas wish
- 7 January: New Year’s resolution from BT for Faster Broadband
- 13 January: BBC visits Whitchurch
- 18 January: BBC Berkshire Radio – Paul Ross
- 20 January: Broadband – Three Years On
- 6 February: BT visit Whitchurch
- 2 April: Fibre finally lights up but some still in the dark
- 27 April: BT rectifying issues during faster broadband roll-out
- 18 June: Super fast broadband could cost you the earth
- 20 June: Whitchurch Town Council dumps BT after “numerous complaints”
- 28 June: BT apologise for internet access outage
- 4 November: Latest on Faster Broadband Roll-Out by BT (fibre in town centre)