Broadband upgrade means family can finally watch YouTube and iPlayerBy Julie Spencer
October 15, 2012
A family has watched YouTube and iPlayer for the first time after waiting eight years for a fast broadband connection to their home.
Richard and Suzanne Hills and their sons Michael and Matthew were connected last Tuesday, October 2, as part of the long-awaited broadband upgrade in Finchampstead.
And businessman Michael Noak, who has led the campaign for the improved service, is also celebrating after winning contracts thanks to his faster service.
Mr Hills, who lives in Johnson Drive, said: “As of last Tuesday we have now got BT Infinity and the main thing is that my wife is now able to download PDF documents that she needs for her work.
“Matthew who is at Reading Blue Coat School has been able to do his online homework and we are able to use iPlayer and YouTube for the first time which is superb.
“We are talking eight years which is a long wait and now it is resolved it is a different world.”
Mrs Hills, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, had been unable to open large, secure files when working from home and their sons had been unable to use the internet for their homework.
The blackspot was the result of Finchampstead’s distance from the Eversley BT exchange and the upgrade is ongoing.
Mr Noak, who runs his own business consultancy from his home, in Thomas Lane, orchestrated the campaign for the upgrade, contacting councillors, MPs and BT to push for higher speeds to allow people to work from home. He undertook a survey of download and upload speeds and pinpointed the postcode areas beginning with RG40 3 and 4 as broadband blackspots.
He said: “The change for me means that I am now winning business in Angola.
“I have online conference calls with a businessman in Angola because I can talk to him and we can exchange documents.”
His neighbour Paul Archer, a home-based executive for an American software company, said: “How much easier life is. I can really use all our Cloud based systems fully and Skype – it is fantastic to conference round the world with colleagues and customers and actually take part in the discussions which I could not do before.”
However, houses around Waverley Way are still waiting for their upgrade.
A SSE power spokesman said: “Our lead time for overhead connections is two to three weeks once connection has been requested. The cabinets at Nash Grove Lane and Warbrook Lane are due for connection on Friday.”