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Broadband update October 2021


Baldernock’s Community Fibre Partnership: what it means for residents of Baldernock and beyond and what you need to do to benefit.

What it means for you

At the moment only a small number of Baldernock residents and businesses can access gigabit-capable (‘ultrafast’) FTTP or ‘full fibre broadband’ and many in the community have extremely poor broadband provision.  For that reason, Baldernock initiated a Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) with Openreach which make FTTP available to almost every part of Baldernock as well as to many in neighbouring communities who share parts of their network with Baldernock, especially our neighbours in Torrance.  If the project is able to proceed to completion, every home and business included in the project – detailed and listed here - will be able to obtain a gigabit-capable connection providing the internet speeds many need now and all will need in the future.


What you can do

Baldernock Community Council, with the support of Torrance Community Council, has asked Openreach to seek government approval for this project and that has just been done.  If approval is granted, all premises included in the offer will be invited to pledge their government vouchers to cover the community contribution. Please check back regularly for more information about how to do that when the time comes.  For now, if your address is included in the project please talk to your neighbours about this opportunity and spread the word about its benefits and how to obtain them.  The faster everyone gets to hear about this, and the faster everyone pledges their vouchers when the time comes, the faster our communities will get the network upgrade to provide ultrafast speeds that should  benefit everyone and are absolutely essential for residents now suffering with very slow or unreliable internet services at the moment.


How you can benefit

Rural communities such as ours have found that different people have been drawn to different benefits of FTTP. Some households can benefit now from the higher speeds that are needed for a whole family to work, learn or play online.  Others are attracted to the future-proofing aspect of FTTP, where speeds can be increased over time to fit demand.  Many also see FTTP as a home improvement that adds value to a home and makes it more saleable now and in the future. Here are some of the benefits of FTTP:


  • Ultrafast FTTP broadband is more reliable than standard fibre broadband, suffering from fewer faults due to the use of fibre-optic cables all the way from the exchange to individual households and businesses.

  • Ultrafast FTTP broadband could increase the value of your house, and not having it could make your house difficult to sell in future. Nowadays, many of those looking to move house regard the availability of high-speed broadband to be essential.

  • Ultrafast FTTP broadband supports the use of a rapidly-increasing number of devices in the home (including smart TVs, mobile phones, media players and tablets).

  • Ultrafast FTTP broadband is needed for bandwidth-intensive services such as streamed TV and video services offering the best picture and sound quality, including Ultra HD programmes.

  • Ultrafast FTTP broadband provides substantially improved performance for delay-sensitive services, such as Zoom and Skype, and online gaming, and a more responsive experience for many applications.

  • Ultrafast FTTP broadband offers much faster upload speeds than standard fibre broadband, better for online back-up and file sharing which are often essential for working and learning at home.


You may be one of the lucky ones in Baldernock or Torrance who can already access FTTP.  To do that, you need only contact an internet service provider (BT, TalkTalk, etc) and ask for an ultrafast service. If you use the availability checker on the Openreach website, you will see whether ultrafast is available to you and a list of providers to choose from: http://www.openreach.com/#checkavailability.


If you have any questions about the Community Fibre Partnership, please contact Baldernock Community Council (baldernockcc@gmail.com) or Baldernock Community Development Trust (baldernockcdt@gmail.com).