Amazingly there are still some houses in Oulton which are unable to get a broadband connection to access the Internet at all. Even for those of us who can get a connection it can be painfully slow. Many of the activities the rest of the country take for granted like watching BBC iplayer or talking with their family on Skype are just impossible.
Some of the residents worst effected are currently looking at an alternative solution provided by a company called Wispire (www.wispire.co.uk). This would provide a wireless solution broadcasting from the top of the church. At this stage we need 25 residents to express an interest in order to get the ball rolling and get into the technicalities of how it would work (we’ve got 16 so far!). You can sign up without commitment at the website (make sure to register your interest for Oulton!).
Please also let your neighbours who can’t get online know as those are the people this could potentially help most. Anyone suffering from slow or intermittent connection would benefit too. Even for those of you with a usable connection it might well be of interest as it may offer a viable alternative to BT and potentially be much more easily upgradable in terms of capacity and speed in the future. As we’ve found out over the last few years trying to persuade BT to lay new cables isn’t easy!
Please do take a couple of minutes to have a look at the website and register your interest.
Any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and do let me know if you have registered your interest so I can keep you informed of progress.