It looks like that whilst we weren’t paying attention BT Openreach changed their ready-for-service (RFS) date for their 21st Century Network (21CN) for Whitwell to the end of January 2012. What this means is that you should now be able to get up-to 24Mbit/s internet instead of just basic up-to 8Mbit/s internet from any ISP not just the likes of TalkTalk. If you want faster access you may also have to talk to your ISP, as not all will upgrade you automatically to faster services – even though their faster services are the same price.
We’ve also noticed that the full Sky Broadband is now available on the Whitwell exchange as well – So if you’ve got Sky TV you can get their free/cheap broadband as well.
The RFS date for the much faster FTTC products (What BT Retail calls Infinity) is still set for June 2012.
At the Whitwell Parish Council meetings on 8th February 2012 three planning applications for additional BT Openreach street cabinets was put before the council (They were in the conservation area, so planning consent is required) and the council raised no objections to them going ahead – So it looks like things really are moving ahead for June this time.