It’s the Final Download

Sang no European rock band ever. But if they had, it would have made a fitting title for this, our final word on rural broadband, you’ll no doubt be relieved to hear.

And that’s because we have, to give credit where credit is due, actually reached a satisfactory conclusion. Continue reading


Rural Broadband Update

tincansSo, six months ago we discovered the rural reality of broadband (there isn’t any), despite OpenReach  calling our community an “Enabled area” which turns out to really mean that the area is actually un-enabled and unconnected!

Half a year later the update is er…. no change. Continue reading

Rural reality… broadband

Dial BroadbandWhen I lived in the city with 40Mb cable broadband I used to wonder what all the fuss was about when programmes cropped up from time to time moaning about the lack of internet speeds in the countryside.

Now I know why! It feels like we’ve gone back to the days of dial up internet at The Secret Acre. Basically you get 2Mb through the phone line, which all the commercial service providers of course claim is just enough for streaming. Sadly the independent regulator OfCom says you need 10Mb. Continue reading