March Update

Progress Update: March 2016

We’ve produced a document on the progress that has been made to bring superfast broadband to Rotherhithe. It looks at what the major infrastructure suppliers have promised to do and their progress.

Apart from selected updates by Hyperoptic, little tangible progress has been made to bring superfast broadband to Rotherhithe residents with slow broadband. The council is currently only actively engaging with BT. In September 2015 the council announced the upgrades BT was intending to carry out. This would be in two phases, with the first completed by March 2016 and the second by March 2017.

Southwark Council gave recent assurances that around 4000 people would benefit from new faster connections by the end of March 2016. While the single new cabinet on Surrey Quays Rd has been installed, it only provides fibre to the residents of Maple Quays, who already benefit from a faster fibre solution arranged by Barrett Homes.

To date not a single person in Rotherhithe with slow broadband has benefited from a new faster BT fibre connection.

By 2017 Southwark will be the worse London Borough for superfast broadband and have the highest level of inadequate broadband speeds.

Download Full Progress Update (Updated, PDF)

FISP Calls for Greater Connectivity Ambition – London, a Gigabit City?

Following a survey that exposes the extent of digital discontent amongst Londoners, the Foundation for Information Society Policy issued a challenge to London’s mayoral candidates to tackle infrastructure issues.

FISP suggests that a public-owned agency could be based on the successful model of Transport for London – the UK’s most successful Municipal Enterprise. The new agency (codenamed Digital for Londoners) would be charged with transformation of London to a Gigabit City by 2020.

The FISP proposal targets more than raising London’s standing as a major connected city and its economic competitiveness – the proposal is designed ‘to enhance the lives of Londoners (and their children) and all who work in the UK capital‘.

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Rotherhithe Community Broadband

In April 2014 the Rotherhithe Broadband Group put forward a proposal to provide affordable superfast GB broadband to everyone who wanted it in SE16.

This was a great idea and based on examples of how other communities were taking control over broadband provision. A lot of work was put in by the volunteers in the group.

Without the support of Southwark Council and with the plans put forward by BT last summer, the proposal has not moved forward.
In the light of the current lack of progress by BT we believe it is worth re-considering a community broadband provision. Examples form other communities show this could be a successful and profitable proposition.

But this would not be an easy task and there would be many hurdles to cross. We would need people with a range of skills in order to get to a stage where we could look for large investors.

If you are interested in particiating or would like to know more please let us know. If we get enough interest we’ll arrange a meeting so we can plan a way forward.