Putting your money where your broadband mouth is

Hat’s off to Lindsey Annison, late of this parish, for putting her money where her mouth is. She is pledging her own £5,000 for a citizen’s fund to get a fibre-based broadband connection in her neck of the woods, or rather fells.
This comes hard on the heels of Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes getting the CEOs of top telcos round the table for a chin-wag about how to get the necessary investment to make a 30Mbps broadband service universal throughout Europe, and for half of us to have access to 100Mbps. I suspect we all know how that will end.
Lindsey makes the excellent point that no-one ever asks end users if they would be interested in investing in their local broadband supplier. Some customers might well do so, if they could influence policy and saw the chance of dividends or cheaper prices or some other benefit.
Given that some people, like communications secretary Jeremy Hunt, think 95% of the required investment will have to come from the private sector, they might do worse than talk to Lindsey about how to raise the money.

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Agree, hats off to Lindsey. I think many people would be prepared to invest in community owned infrastructure. My ISA allowance for this year is about to be handed over to some digger men. My closest village has fibre in it, and I am going to join our wifi community network to it. I think the only way we are going to get NGA is if we do it ourselves. All the government funding is going into a bottomless BT pot. Big society isn't working as far as Broadband Access goes. It seems like the councillors don't understand physics. Its quite simple to lay fibre. There are plenty of companies will help you do it properly. Its a lot easier to rely on the old broken telephone lines, but that can never deliver to the final third. That is what the councils don't seem to grasp. They believe the telco hype that 'one day it will' and investing in patching up the copper is less disruptive and risky. As it may well be, but if it isn't delivering a solution then it isn't worth doing. All the money will get spent, and everyone will start moaning again and it will all be to do again one day. Emperors new clothes. Copper can never deliver NGA. Only inside a lab, in perfect conditions for a few metres. We need fibre. We need it now. And some northern ladies are prepared to invest their own money in it. Now we need a few chaps to do the same? Cmon fellas, put your money where your mouths are. Come and light our fibre? Chris
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WTG Lindsey Annison! The reality is no individual citizen should have to put up a penny to get Fiber To The Home (FTTH) as the companies have collected more than enough money to light up every home two or three times and it is only due to their greed that we do not have FTTH today. Its 2010, We should have had FTTH back in 2000 as the Japanese did. In the USA we have to move, to get FTTH. Thankfully there are almost 30 communities that have done the right thing and put in FTTH to their residents and businesses. Just to get the FTTH, these communities, every single one of them had to fight lawsuits brought on by the Telcos/Cable companies, fight them tooth and nail in vain attempts at preventing FTTH. Why do Telcos, Cable Cos, Cellular companies want to stifle innovation? WTG Lindsey! In Utah, via Utopia, the home owners put up approx $1,500 for their FTTH connection. They own the FTTH link to their home and it is sold to the person that purchases their home, thus FTTH increases the value of the property. One of the best investments a home owner can make...if they are allowed to. One thing is for sure even if Lindsey had to invest $10,000 for the FTTH link it all comes back when the property is sold. Nothing wrong with capital improvements to one's property!
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