We are of course very pleased to be selected as a finalist for the 2020 Scottish Rural Awards, in the entirely unsurprising category of: Best Countryside Digital Innovator. This is further recognition, if any were needed, of the commitment and determination of our local community to bring our area to the global forefront of digital connectivity.
The awards are announced at the beginning of April 2020, so we’ll just have to live with the suspense until then.
I know it’s been a while between updates, but that’s the way of the world: stuff however has been happening, even if the weather has resolutely refused to cooperate over the last few months.
But the good news, almost exactly two years since the very first connection went live, is that we’re 90% of the way there, with 146 out of the 162 currently accessible properties now actually connected, and with ducting laid to another 7. Continue reading Christmas 2019 Update→
IMPORTANT: We are aiming to splice the fibre to properties between the village and Mhor 84 starting from 15 May. So, if you’re a householder on that route, please make sure that you’ve got the drop tubing to your house in place and buried before then if you want to be connected, if this hasn’t already been done. We can’t guarantee when any properties that miss out this time will be connected.
For the last couple of months, the team has been working flat out to get the ducting in to enable us to get to the entire eastern end of the glen, from the village east to Mhor 84.
After a huge push in late April to get the job done, last weekend saw the fibre blown into the final stretch from Auchleskine to the cabinet at the village hall.
Much of the winter so far has been spent tidying up existing runs and sorting out the final permissions and routes for the rest of the network. But last weekend saw the pouring of the concrete for our final cabinet, at Mhor 84, and today the cabinet itself was installed on the new plinth. Continue reading Mhor 84 Cabinet installed…→
After the splicing work in mid-December week we have 71 (36%) of all the properties in the glen connected, including Rhuveag, all of Craigruie and the Boathouse.The full loop around Loch Voil is now complete, which enables us to start work on reaching the outlying properties towards Inverlochlarig and Immeroin. Monachyle Mhor is now at last online itself. Completion of the final backbone ducting from Auchtubh to Mhor 84 is just awaiting final agreement from BEAR Scotland, after which we can get our contractor to work on the road section of that dig. As soon as that’s complete, we can blow fibre east from the village and start splicing and connecting everything between Auchleskine and Mhor 84. Continue reading Christmas 2018 Update→
It’s astonishing what can be achieved when a community pulls together! (sorry…). With today’s goals being to lay 3km of 96- fibre-in-duct backbone from Dhanakosa to Monachyle Beag on the Northern Loop and to lay 800m of ducting to connect the Southern Loop from Tuarach to Monachyle Mhor, we put out the call. And our community responded: no less than thirty people turned out to form a human tugging and pulling chain over some seriously rough and muddy terrain. Continue reading The Big Pull→
Anyone remember the EU? Just the world’s most powerful trading and cultural bloc, and the entity that’s done more for Scottish rural regeneration than Westminster managed in centuries? Yes, that one. Anyway, given that we’ve had a useful amount of EU funding (via LEADER) for our project, they sent a film crew along to make a couple of documentaries about us, where we’ve got to and where we’re going in future. It’s now live on the EU’s YouTube channel and (small fanfare) here it is…
However, as they’re also changing contract terms at the same time, anyone who is locked into a term contract with BT can cancel without penalty at that point.
So if anyone is not moving to BCB’s service (I mean, it’s only 250-2000x faster than BT’s ‘offering’ around here) because of a BT contract lock-in, September would seem to be the time to make that change.
Our tariff is £35/month for householders, with no extra costs and no limits, for 1,000Mb/s on both upload and download. BT, and any provider (e.g. Sky) using BT’s 19th century local network, is limited to 0-4Mb/s download (and less that 0.5Mb/s upload) hereabouts, on a good day. If the wind’s blowing the wrong way, that could be zero, for days at a time.
And thanks to our friends at B4RN for spotting this before we did.
This is what happens when you’ve had your house ready to be connected for a couple of months but you’re still waiting for the splicers to turn up: poetry. This from our very patient local resident rhymer, Penny:
If only I could splice a fibre,
I'd become a web subscriber,
Reach out to the world at a guaranteed speed
And from frustration forever be freed.
E'en 4G could become cognoscible,
But THAT, I think is a dream impossible ...