Do you suffer from slow broadband speed?
The Danby Group Parish Council is acutely aware that not everyone within the Parish and indeed the Esk Valley in general has access to good internet service by way of broadband and as such we wanted to try to make people aware of an opportunity which may be to their benefit.
The Government is offering subsidised satellite broadband to rural customers on slow connections. The scheme was launched during December by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and it came as time ran out on the government's commitment to ensure all homes and business can access internet connection speeds of at least 2Mbps by the end of 2015.
Throughout the country some 300,000 remote rural properties are said to be eligible for the new offer - although the eventual number could be even higher.
The scheme will reduce the total cost of a satellite broadband service by up to £400 – but users will still have to pay any remaining cost of installation and commissioning and they will also have to pay for any features of the satellite broadband service they require. Remember there will also probably be a monthly subscription for the service selected payable for a minimum period of 12 months.
The satellite scheme is operated by a partnership between the government, local bodies, BT and a number of satellite broadband retail service and platform providers.
The initiative is being administered by local authorities who will provide a code or a voucher to eligible homes and businesses upon request. People can use this code with a selected retailer to obtain a subsidised satellite broadband service – which in most cases will include a free satellite dish and installation.
People will only be eligible to apply for the subsidy if their premises do not have access to speeds of more than 2Mbps.
If you are eligible for a subsidised installation you will be able to choose a service from any of the retail service providers that are part of the scheme, each of which will be offering a variety of packages based around the amount of data you need and the speed of the connection.
Good news, but while satellite broadband may be an acceptable solution for some people, it is usually more expensive than a comparable fixed line service and satellite connections can also suffer from increased latency - or lag - because of the distance to the satellite. This makes some real-time applications problematic (eg watching television via the internet). So before you go down the satellite broadband route you need to do your research and satisfy yourself that it’s the way forward for you remembering that it is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
Full details of the scheme are available from: www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com
Clerk to Danby Group Parish Council