Event in December 2015 celebrating the arrival of Whaddon broadband

December 2015: celebrating the arrival of Whaddon broadband

Interior of Whaddon broadband fibre cabinet

Interior of Whaddon broadband fibre cabinet

BROADBAND

Updated Thursday 16 March 2017

Broadband provision has become almost as essential a service as electricity and water, so it is hard to imagine that for the first fifteen years of the present century, Whaddon languished in the slow lane of internet accessibility. Our own high-speed fibre connection went live at the end of October 2015, and since that time, nearly 75% of the houses in the core part of the village have connected to it (the houses in Cardiff place in Whaddon are connected to the Bassingbourn exchange; the core is part of Arrington exchange).

For years various villagers, together with the Parish Council and our District and County Councillors, agitated for better connections. This finally happened thanks to the Connecting Cambridgeshire project, set up with assistance from central and local government to bring broadband to the more rural areas of the county.

This page is now more historical than anything else, but it is important to realise that the connections we now take for granted have not been there all that long, and we should all pay tribute to the village as a whole for supporting the aim and for putting its money where its mouth is when the connection went live. We have the highest rate of connections in the county, and one of the highest in the country. Read on to learn a little about another of Whaddon's achievements.

16 December 2015 Cabinet now accepting new orders

After a hiccup entirely down to the very high take-up rate of broadband in the village, Whaddon's cabinet 3 is now able to have new lines connected to it again. The cabinet has received as many boards as it will take, which we hope will be enough for the village!

Broadband celebration 16 December 2015

Villagers, Connecting Cambridgeshire, BT and Openreach all met at the cabinet to celebrate the arrival of broadband and particularly the fact that we have achieved the fastest take-up in the county! Below are a group photo and also an image of the inside the cabinet.

A press release from Connecting Cambridgeshire is available here.

1st post final update, 23 November 2015

OK, I was too optimistic, but take-up has been very brisk and so this is important about capacity.

Broadband Update 23 November 2015

Final update, 19 November 2015

The following article was also placed in the Whaddon News. I won't be sending out any more regular updates, but I will from time to time ask how speeds are settling down over the next few months.

Thank you all for being so enthusiastic and patient!

Broadband Update 19 November 2015

Minor update, 14 November 2015

It would seem that all those who ordered in the first couple of weeks have now got their fibre connections, and the results are looking pretty good, even for those furthest from the cabinet. It's clear that changing suppliers takes longer than changing your package with the same supplier, but it all seems to work efficiently.

There'll be a final update in the next Whaddon News.

Further updates, 26 October 2015

People seem to be able to order with no problems, with activation dates ranging from later this week for those who are staying with their current ISP, and next week for those changing ISPs. The technical issues which were preventing sign-up at Dyer's Green have been resolved.

As ever, questions or comments, please contact me on 207434 or ncs3 [at] cam.ac.uk

CABINET GOES LIVE, 19 October 2015

I am pleased to announce that the new cabinet for our broadband connection has gone live as of today. There are still a few errors to be shaken out of the data, but almost all residents can now order broadband from their chosen suppliers.

I have sent out an update in more detail via the village email system. The file in question can be found by following this link.

Any questions or comments, please contact me on 207434 or ncs3 [at] cam.ac.uk

Nigel Strudwick
Broadband Champion for Whaddon

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

There is a huge range of companies out there willing to sell you a broadband service, usually with a landline if you wish, and others of course add TV services and the like. It would be improper for this page to list them, as they are always changing, and also because it might be seen as favouring one company over another. I would urge that you look around and compare deals, and don't just go for the first one you come across, nor necessarily stick with whoever was your ISP prior to the advent of fibre. People have reported new deals actually costing less than they were paying in the old days...