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Local Broadband Access: Resources


This is a shared resource page for material on the applications and benefits of broadband, case studies, relevant initiatives in the UK and background on the technologies, social inclusion aspects and the impact of broadband on communities. 

If you have material that you think should be included please e-mail details, including a link, to eurim@eurim.org.


Applications and Benefits of Broadband

 


Case Studies

Regional Broadband Consortia - Bring Value to English Schools

BlackBerry - Healthcare Video Case Studies
BlackBerry - Full List of Case Studies by Industry
BlackBerry - High Impact Mobile Changes to Save the NHS Millions and Improve Care


Relevant Initiatives in the UK, including procurement frameworks

INCA - Independent Networks Co-Operative Association - www.inca.coop
COTS - Commercial, Operational & Technical Standards for Next Generation Access
JON - Joint Open Network exchange - www.jon-exchange.net


UK Reports

Map on Next Generation Access by Constituency - www.inca.coop/NGA-map
Point Topic - Analysis of slow speed areas by constituency (alphabetic and ranked)

Point Topic - Short note summarising the promises on "Universal Service Commitment"

Current Position on Duct and Pole sharing as given to a rural group who applied to share a pole run:

"I am aware of the recent discussions and media interest in duct sharing & pole sharing with other telecoms providers, and I am sure you are aware that no such agreement is currently in place.
Ofcom has said that BT must develop the proposition around duct and pole access as they see it as a way of potentially driving more NGA deployment in areas where BT has no plans to roll out. BT may have an initial view of a duct product by December 2010, and a launched product available around May 2011, but these dates are aspirational. A product for poles is likely to take a few months longer.
BT has already said that it is willing to open its ducts, subject to working through the right terms and conditions, including price, and all the practicalities, and will do this, through the Ofcom consultation response and through subsequent trials and product developments. 
It will not be possible to shortcut this process at a local level with all of the safety, security, maintenance, charges and responsibilities undefined; and there are different proposals suggested depending on the different telecom structures around the country.
The reference to BT sharing poles with Electric Distribution companies is true for some parts of the country at the discretion of the power company concerned who own the poles. The permission for each individual pole concerned has an independent wayleave associated with it along with very strict conditions of use, responsibilities and rights. There are no circumstances where power companies share BT poles."
For more details please contact the Final Third First Campaign c/o charles.trotman@cla.org.uk

Superband & the 2010 Election: Point Topic analysis by constituency of subsidy needed - http://point-topic.com/
dslanalysis.php

A key broadband issue in many areas over the next few years will be how to finance access to superfast broadband where it is not being delivered by market forces.  Point Topic, the specialists in broadband analysis, have assessed the implications for the 2010 election and you can see the results here.  You can also download a spreadsheet which will provide estimates of “superband” subsidy needs and other details for all the UK 2010 constituencies. There is no charge but you will be asked to register on the Point Topic website.    

Commission for Rural Communities: Tackling Rural Disadvantage - Rural Advocate Report 2010 - www.ruralcommunities.gov.uk/files/CRC118-rural-advocate-report.pdf


European Reports

Fibre to the Home Council Europe Business Guide - www.ftthcouncil.eu/nl/member_area/member_area_home/
ftth_business_guide/?cid=4343


International Reports

Berkman Report - www.fcc.gov/stage/pdf/Berkman_Center_Broadband_Study_13Oct09.pdf


Network Operator contacts and material

Avanti - www.avantiplc.com/broadband/satellite-broadband/index.php
Virgin Media - http://pressoffice.virginmedia.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=205406&p=irol-whereWeAre
BT’s Next Generation Access Products: www.ispreview.co.uk/story/2010/01/21/
bt-reveals-superfast-uk-isp-fibre-optic-40mbps-broadband-prices.html
BT Excess Construction Charges: www.bt.com/pricing/current/Excess_
Construction_boo/1319_d0e1.htm#1319-d0e1


Internet Service Provider contacts and material

 


Technology/Equipment Supplier contacts and material 

First Mile Fibre to the Home in perspective - 
http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2010/03/fiber-its-not-all-created-equal.ars/2


Interest Group contacts and material

Broadband Notspot - www.broadband-notspot.org.uk
Fibre to the Home Council Europe Business Guide - www.ftthcouncil.eu/nl/member_area/member_area_home/
ftth_business_guide/?cid=4343


Party Policy Statements

Conservative: www.conservatives.com/News/News_stories/2010/01/
Conservatives_to_deliver_nationwide_superfast_broadband_by_2017.aspx
Labour: www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/digitalbritain-finalreport-jun09.pdf  
LibDem: www.nickclegg.org.uk/siteFiles/resources/PDF/
Policy%20Briefing%20-%20Culture%20Media%20Oct%2009.pdf
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