Since the last update excitement and interest has been rising in the town and surrounding area about the imminent arrival of the Faster Broadband. As residents watch the new green cabinets appear, the day when internet access is improved creeps nearer.
As reported here in early December, senior executives from BT had met with the campaign team and informed them that orders for the service would be being accepted by the end of January.
As recently as 23rd January BT informed the team that “Overall local deployment is now going well”.
On the very last day of January, news was received that there may now be some delays.
BT have cited works that are presently being carried out by Hampshire County Council. These include a new roundabout at Walworth affecting the fibre optic link from Andover, and traffic management issues on the B3400 as a result of the closure of Newbury Road railway bridge.
Those campaigning for the Faster Broadband are now concerned that there may be some communication issues between BT and HCC that need resolving, as both these highway works have been known about for some considerable time.
A member of the campaign team said:
“To find out at this late stage that BT and HCC may not be communicating effectively is a disappointment that they must resolve promptly. BT has promised that 100% of Whitchurch will receive faster services and it would be poor if this was delayed by such failure.”
Campaign team members have also asked local HCC Councillor Tom Thacker to investigate and a response on the HCC position is awaited. Clarification on this latest news is also awaited from BT/Openreach.
Many in the town and surrounding areas remain very excited about the potential Faster Broadband offers them, for home, leisure and business uses and it is hoped that any difficulties between the local authorities and BT/Openreach can be quickly resolved.
As soon as we have any further information it will be posted here.
UPDATE: See update in article HERE.