If you are not on the current plans for receiving fibre broadband, there are a number of options that you could consider. Whilst each has its own pros and cons, they can nevertheless provide significant improvements in speeds for people on slow and possibly unreliable broadband.
Privately Funded Fibre Solution
Details about Openreach's Community Fibre Partnership, which will enable properties to fund a fibre based superfast broadband solution, are available at communityfibre.openreach.co.uk/. The team at Openreach will provide you with a quote using the most appropriate technology for your area, usually this will be a Fibre to the Premises solution.
Some people use a more sensitive internal device that will pick up a weaker signal if placed in a window, and Superfast Cornwall have a couple of such devices that we can loan out for a short test. Others have installed even more sensitive external antenna. Note that mobile broadband is beyond the scope of our project, and people will need to arrange their own solution with a provider of their choice.
A satellite broadband connection is available virtually anywhere, and can now provide superfast download speeds of up to 40Mbps. Although, some services will allow some services wil lallow unlimited overnight downloads. Satellite has an inherent delay due to the distances involved, but you should get used to this when using applications like Skype and general web surfing.
Satellite and Mobile Broadband
Please note that both satellite and mobile services tend to have a monthly download cap. Satellite has an inherent delay due to the distances involved and you should get used this when using applications like Skype and general web-surfing.
You should seek professional advice (e.g. from your IT provider) to check that all the services you plan to use are compatible with a satellite or mobile connection and whether any reconfiguration is required for things like your network, router and email set-up. Carefully consider your expected use before signing a contract for a satellite or mobile service.
In some cases, you may be able to access a superfast solution near your property. You could then use a wireless link to transit the signal to the location that you actually need it at.
More sophisticated wireless solutions may share a good connection (such as a leased line service) across a number of fairly isolated properties. There are various ways in which this could be approached, and you will need to get your own professional advice to help you develop the best solution for your area.
Help paying for an alternative solution
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
The Government's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme has now been launched.The scheme provides vouchers of up to £3,000 for businesses to connect to a Full Fibre solution (i.e. Fibre to the Premises - FTTP). It also provides funding of up to £500 for residents, providing there is a business in the scheme. Details are available at gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/
Superfast Cornwall is encouraging businesses and residents that are beyond any existing superfast broadband rollout plans to apply to this scheme.
This scheme could be used to contribute towards the costs of a Full Fibre solution, for example through Openreach's Community Fibre Partnership scheme at communityfibre.openreach.co.uk/, by aggregating the vouchers available across a number of premises. Openreach are a listed supplier on the scheme, so you should be able to work with Openreach to access the government contribution.
Superfast Cornwall Grant Scheme
The Superfast Cornwall grant scheme is funded by Cornwall Council, and will be available to most registered properties not covered in the 2018-2020 rollout, as long as their broadband speeds are less than 15Mbps. This could be used to contribute towards the set-up costs of any viable technical solution capable of delivering superfast speeds, including 4G mobile, wireless and satellite.
In light of the recently announced Gigabit Voucher Scheme (above), the scope of the Superfast Cornwall Grants Scheme is under review and information will be updated shortly here.
Properties eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS)
Properties that are eligible for the GBVS must first make an application for GBVS vouchers. If the contribution is less than £1,700 per property, then the Superfast Cornwall Grants Scheme may be able to top up the contribution to this level.
Properties not eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS)
Properties that are not eligible for the GBVS can apply for a maximum of £1,700 from the Superfast Cornwall Grants Scheme. This could be used to cover the costs of 4G mobile, wireless or satellite solutions.
Avanti Superfast Satellite Broadband Project
The new Superfast Satellite Broadband project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will provide SME businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with up to 40Mbps broadband speeds. The scheme enables businesses, which currently cannot get access to superfast broadband, to take up a 40Mbps service with subsidised installation and service charges. Find out more at Avanti.
Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme
The Government is committed to giving access to 2Mbps download speed to every premise in the UK. As part of this Cornwall Council, in conjunction with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), are delivering a Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme. This scheme contributes typically £350 towards the equipment and installation of a subsidised broadband connection.
If you are interested in the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, please see further details in the Information Guide.
Please note that the
Better Broadband scheme is available to properties that are not expected to be
upgraded within the next 12 months.