June 26, 2019

Broadband Musings

It is interesting to read the latest news – that BT “overestimated” the cost of rolling out High Speed broadband to rural communities and is seeking to return or ‘reinvest’ the £90m or so which it has kept in its monopolistic coffers. (full story here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31043548)

It is also curious to note that BT are looking at spending £12.5bn on buying out the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, seeing this as a better investment than in fulfilling its oft-cited obligations for ‘Broadband Britain’ and ‘Superfast North Yorkshire’. I wonder how much of the taxpayers money paid to BT may have been effectively diverted? But i digress.

So we enter 2015 still with no sign of fast broadband coming to our villages. On a personal basis good fast broadband is essential for my work (in IT) and i am mostly home-based, so i recently trialled one of the satellite broadband services (EuropaSat/Tooway) which are on offer nationally.

On the face of it satellite should provide an interim solution until the day when HSB eventually comes along. The bad news however is that it doesn’t (and it is also quite costly). The download / upload speeds are consistent and good per se (around 16Mbps/6Mbps respectively) but the achilles heel is the latency it imposes (that is to say it takes a relatively long time to send a message to/from a web server). Therefore the general web browsing and internet experience remains sluggish and little better than we have become accustomed to in our broadband ‘desert’. To be fair Satellite will provide faster downloads for things like streaming video, iPlayer and YouTube and large email attachments but the ‘capped/limited’ nature of the service means that it is not really practical/economic for that either. As a result i have sent the equipment back and cancelled the trial subscription. I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Back to square one, then. I’m currently looking at taking some short-term office space in Welburn (which was blessed by BT as part of the initial rollout and enjoys High Speed services) for a project which i am currently embarking on. This may end up being the only option. It is galling when the fibre which carries the fast broadband service to Malton runs along the A64 closer to our villages than it is to Welburn.

I’ve made enquiries as to BTs ongoing plans for the area of SW Ryedale however it seems to be something of a moot point since our local scheme hit a brick wall. I wonder if Ryedale DC may be able to apply some renewed pressure? All of the broadband providers in our area are effectively dependent upon BT and as a result we pay £5-10/month more than areas where the exchanges have been ‘unbundled’ which provides an effective choice. Rural areas such as ours get a double whammy with both slow speeds and higher prices for what we do receive.

It is clear that it is to BTs commercial advantage to maintain this status quo for the foreseeable future. Moreover the politicians seem to have either lost interest or are mistakenly thinking Rural High Speed Broadband rollout is a done deal.

Any thoughts and ideas welcome.





Regarding the dismal broadband service we receive. Recently ours has slowed to a virtual standstill (0.13 download 0.38 upload). Nigel spent an hour on the phone to AOL who insist the problem isn’t at their end – this has happened before and the speed has magically increased shortly afterwards – but just wanted to ask whether there has been a general slowdown recently or whether it is a problem with AOL. Thanks

Notice of Open Meeting 12th May: High Speed Broadband for Sand Hutton & Claxton

Monday 12 May 2014 at 6.00pm

Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall, Sand Hutton

If you have been wondering what has been happening in trying to get high speed broadband to our area why not hear the latest position directly from John Moore, Chief Executive of NYnet. NYnet is tasked by NYCC in providing an ultra-high-speed internet network to ensure North Yorkshire is not left behind as information technology advances. In addition come and hear a talk as well as see a practical demonstration of satellite high speed broadband in action through a local seller of Tooway services (www.tooway.com).
For further information contact Professor Colin Garner – colin.garner3@btconnect.com
Organised on behalf of South West Ryedale, The Wolds and Thixendale and North East Selby high speed broadband committees.

Connecting North Yorkshire Update

The latest edition of the Connecting North Yorkshire newsletter can be viewed on the North Yorkshire County Council website at
http://northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17168 It provides details of progress on the local and rural high speed broadband schemes.

Broadband Scheme : NYCC Update

The County Council ‘Connecting North Yorkshire’ team have published an update on their website which can be read at the link below :


The seven volunteers from our local steering group will be meeting early in the new year to progress the bid from our local villages including Sand Hutton and Claxton.

To keep up with developments CLICK HERE to Subscribe to Claxton and Sand Hutton Parish Updates by Email

S.West Ryedale High Speed Broadband Scheme

A Set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) around the scheme has been prepared and can be accessed from the link below (pdf Reader required) :



If you have further questions around the scheme let me know andrewf@wcett.co.uk or use the comment feature below.

Jos Holmes has been in touch with those who expressed an interest in contributing to a steering group and a meeting will be arranged shortly.


Report on High Speed Broadband meeting

A lively and very well attended meeting was held on 2nd November to present, discuss and share information around the prospective South West Ryedale High Speed Broadband scheme.

A report on the meeting describing what was discussed, how you can help and get involved and the proposed next steps is available via the link below


Further information will be made available shortly



High Speed Broadband Meeting

Don’t forget the meeting is at the Village Hall from 7:15 pm on Wednesday 2nd November, but from 6pm there is a recent addition to the proceedings – an IT Bus will be in the car park for those generally interested in learning more about the internet including possible training.

The agenda will be: 

6pm – The North Yorkshire County Council IT skills mobile will be in the Sand Hutton Village Hall Car Park. Live hook up to the internet, learning advisors able to discuss IT training needs.

7.15 – Meeting open for refreshments, display material, IT training needs  etc.

7.30 – Welcome – Sand Hutton Village Hall Chair

  • Jos Holmes, Ryedale Community Champion for “Connecting North Yorkshire” – Background to the project
  • Ian Marr, Project Manager, Connecting North Yorkshire. – How the project is working in North Yorkshire
  • Billy Garret, Broadband Champion for Newton on Rawcliffe and Stape Community Broadband Project – experience of a live community project.
  • Phil Beadnall, Commercial Director, LN Communications – Internet Service Provider. Background to some of the technical aspects of the project.
  • Question and Answer panel.

8.30 – Close

Click here for advertising material:

 Broadband Flyer

Rural Broadband Rollout Meeting

Come along to Sand Hutton Village Hall to hear about how you can be involved in a pilot scheme to roll out high speed broadband in our area.

An exciting opportunity to be involved in the South West Ryedale broadband project and improve your internet access. We need 50 households to sign up so join up to speed up!

Date = 2nd November 2011
Time = 7.30 pm

More details soon via the website.