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(Another) Big Push, Pull and Haul

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. 

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Christmas 2018 Update

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

The Big Pull

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

EU Documentary: Some Digging, Some Arm-Waving

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…

BT Price Rises & Contract Changes

The price checking web site, moneysupermarket.com has flagged that, on 16 September 2018, BT will be raising its prices, for the second time this year.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/utilities/2018/06/BT-to-hike-prices-in-September-heres-what-we-know-so-far

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.

The Poetry of Fibre…

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 ...

BCB launches its network! [Press Release]

 With nearly a dozen properties now connected, and the work to reach other sectors of the glen well under way, it’s finally time to ‘officially’ launch our network to the world at large. So here’s our press release announcing the fact, coinciding with a small ceremony that took place today, in the presence of those who’ve supported us practically and politically, and those who can learn from the example that we and other communities have set.

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