Pilley Community Broadband

Broadband speed in Pilley is slow. A group of residents have been working with BT to design a scheme to improve this. We now have a final scheme that will bring high speed broadband to all areas of Pilley and Battramsley.

Pilley: £85,000
34% Funded
£29,200 Pledged
47 Sponsors
Battramsley: £30,000
10% Funded
£3000 Pledged
5 Sponsors

When will this be implemented? This will be completed by the end of 2016.

When do we need to complete this by? All funds are required by September 14th 2015 - Days to go

We need your pledges now!

Click Here To Make a Pledge

For more details on the scheme, please keep reading.

Latest News

Posted 20th August 2015

There will be an open meeting/Q&A session on the Pilley Broadband Scheme held at 18:30 on Monday August 24th at Boldre War Memorial Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Agenda
Overview of scheme, benefits and current funding status - by Oliver Moore
Open Q&A

Note - There will not be any BT or Hampshire County Council representatives present.

We hope to see you there.

We urgently need your pledges to make this scheme happen!

What do we need to do?

The quote we have received from OpenReach is £85,000 for Pilley and £30,000 for Battramsley. If we can get enough people in the community to contribute and achieve this total, work could start in approximately 9 months time. If we achieve the funding target, there would be no additional contributions required for the infrastructure as OpenReach would assume ownership and all maintenance etc. You would need to purchase a different broadband product from an ISP to access the higher speed services which may be more expensive than your current product. For now, there are two things you can do:

  • Make a Pledge
  • Speak to your friends and neighbours and ask them to Pledge too.
  • Organise a meeting in your street; I am happy to attend and talk through the details of the scheme.
It is possible to improve our community infrastructure if we all act together.


Pilley Scheme Coverage

The scheme will benefit all properties served from the phone cabinet at the bottom of Pilley Hill. The outline area that will benefit is shown in the image below:

Disclaimer: Please note any speeds shown are for guidance only based on estimates by OpenReach at specific telegraph poles in the village and may not reflect the final speed achieved at a specific property.

80MB - 60MB
60MB - 40MB
40MB - 20MB

See here for more details or Download Summary and Pledge form.


Battramsley Scheme Coverage

The scheme will benefit all properties served from the phone cabinet at the top of Rope Hill. The outline area that will benefit is shown in the image below:

Disclaimer: Please note any speeds shown are for guidance only based on estimates by OpenReach at specific telegraph poles in the village and may not reflect the final speed achieved at a specific property.

80MB - 60MB
60MB - 40MB
40MB - 20MB

See here for more details or Download Summary and Pledge form.


The Problem

Internet speed in Pilley is very slow compared to modern standards. The average speed is about 1.5MB. For those of us living near Pilley Hill, typical speeds might be 5MB. For those in the village near Norleywood crossroads, speeds might be as low as 0.5MB. This means that web pages load very slowly, it takes a long time to download large files and doing things like watching video is virtually impossible. In the long term, this will make our properties less saleable versus other areas with high speed broadband.

The Solution and Benefits

The solution to this problem is to improve the infrastructure that provides internet access. If this is done, speeds will increase to between 30MB - 80MB, with the minimum level for those at the edge of the village being about 20MB. This involves working with OpenReach to implement new infrastructure.

Benefits of increased broadband speed include protection of property value and saleability, video streaming, increased self-employment opportunities and faster access to all internet based services. See here for a more detailed list.

Scheme Outline

The proposed scheme will provide what is known as Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) capability to our area. This will enable households to access high speed internet access via products such as BT Infinity.

More details on the scheme can be found here.

Example Cabinet

example cabinet

Who is leading this activity?

The primary people leading this engagement with OpenReach are Roger Bell (Pilley Bailey), Martin Wilkinson (Bull Hill) and Oliver Moore (Pilley). All of us are frustrated with the current internet connectivity to Pilley and wanted to see what we could do to improve things. We've got as far as we can as a small group and now we need the Pilley community to help put the plans into action.