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The Story from Newby

September 16, 2011

By Geoffrey Rutherford

If you live in a community with poor Internet access, which includes most of the communities around Boroughbridge, what can you do about it? There is a solution to the problem and it doesn’t rely on someone introducing better quality telephone lines, in fact telephone lines are an old and out‐dated method of supporting the new communications technologies such as Internet access.

Why do we want better Internet access? Whether for better or worse the ways we interact with society at large is coming to depend on the Internet. From browsing web sites to finding a holiday deal or buying goods to downloading television programmes and talking to far flung relatives via a video link, the Internet is making communication possible. With speeds constrained by the BT line Internet access can be slow and frustrating, but with high speed connections delivered wirelessly the user experience can be much improved.

Not only households, but businesses benefit from fast Internet connections as they make it possible for more people to work from home and for higher levels of integration between processes, people and customers.

With the existing ADSL technology anyone who wants to upload large files such as work presentations and home videos knows that the upload speed is hopeless even for people living next to an exchange who have good download speeds.

Although in the long term the traditional suppliers may improve the connections available to our communities we’re looking at 5+ years given that they will concentrate on the urban majority first and then the services available will still be arranged to maximise corporate profits rather than consumer satisfaction.

In the short term we do have a choice and that choice is fully supported by NYCC and NYNet which is a business wholly owned by NYCC whose purpose it is to implement a high speed core Internet facility throughout North Yorkshire for the benefit of both Council facilities and local communities.

To take advantage of this Marton Le Moor and other Parish Councils in the area have launched a scheme to offer superfast Internet and telephone services now. Working in conjunction with NextGenUs as a service supplier we aim to move our communities from the Internet slow lane to its fast lane. To support this initiative the http://www.newbyInternet.org website has been created.

Why NextGenUs? NextGenUs has already implemented a number of superfast Internet networks such as in Hull, Ashby de la Launde and Newton & Stape as well as in other areas. It is also a CIC (Community Interest Company) where any profits must be reinvested in the communities it serves.

NextGenUs already works with NYCC and is committed to bringing superfast Internet services to rural communities and has a forward looking business plan that ultimately sees a fibre optic network bringing extremely fast and reliable Internet access directly to the home.

How will it work? If there is sufficient demand a FiWi (Fibre to Wireless) network will be installed which uses radio for Internet connections. This technology supports connection speeds of up to 100Mb/sec for both upload and download, a 100 fold improvement on the 1Mb/sec most of us get now. It can be introduced very quickly, a matter of months, and supports both telephone and Internet connections. For the consumer a small box, about the size of a glasses case, mounted on the television aerial is all that’s needed.

What about the long term? New and re‐investment will bring FTTH (Fibre To The Home) which will have much higher speeds and support for future technologies that will require very high bandwidth.

What will it cost? Three different services will be made available ranging from a light service designed for normal home use at £17.99 per month through the standard superfast home service at £29.99 per month and a £39.99 per month business service. These all provide telephone and fast synchronous Internet access, but differ in the data volumes supported.

How can I investigate further and ensure I can get superfast Internet access in the short term? Visit the website at http://www.newbyInternet.org and follow the links. If sufficient people subscribe then these services will be introduced and we will move our communities from the Internet slow lane to its fast lane now.

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  1. Tim Semken permalink
    September 23, 2011 10:04 pm

    I’ve talked to Geoffrey, who has kindly confirmed that this service will be available to Ripon too, if there is sufficient demand.

    I will be leafleting South Ripon this weekend, so watch out for the advert, and sign up!

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