Community council update

An update from Kintore and District Community Council.

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Broadband divide widens in Kintore

A survey organised by Kintore and District Community Council reveals a widening broadband divide in and around the Aberdeenshire town.

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Community Council broadband survey

Kintore and District Community Council are looking for your help to establish how the broadband service in Kintore is progressing.

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Broadband: Community Fibre Partnerships

If, like us – you are more than 1200 metres from a fibre connection and are struggling with a connection that drops as low as 1.5 MB, when people just a mile or so away are enjoying up to 50 MB – then you may look to community fibre partnerships as a potential solution to bring our broadband into the 21st century.

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Aberdeenshire households miss out on superfast broadband

With the Scottish Government committed to providing 95% access to “superfast” (24-30 MB) broadband in the new year, many Kintore households who find themselves more than 1,200 metres from the exchange are still stuck with broadband well below the recommended household minimum of 10MB.

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Digital divide widens in Kintore area

As the Scottish Government’s 2017 target looms for 95% of households to have access to superfast broadband, a survey in the Aberdeenshire town of Kintore suggests the digital divide is widening.
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Please tell us how is your broadband

The Scottish Government has set a target for 95% of the population to have access to superfast broadband by 2017. The recent experience, where ‘long lines’ are being classified as upgraded, even though they receive less than half the government target of 10MB, makes us keen to understand the state of broadband services in and around Kintore.

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More than 1,200 metres from the exchange? You might miss out on superfast broadband.

Two years ago the Kintore exchange was upgraded to provide ‘superfast’ fibre broadband. Those of us who were struggling with slow speeds and throughput failures rejoiced at the thought of faster, more reliable broadband.

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Community council update

Continuing from the last edition of KK, there is a Flood Recovery plan published by the council and to contribute to that the Community Council were asked to submit our top three priorities for flood prevention in Kintore.

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Clearing up the EO broadband confusion

Trying to get information about the availability of super-fast broadband, through the programme publicly funded by the Scottish Government and its partners, is proving an almost impossible process.

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Still stuck in the broadband slow lane

It is now two years since Kintore was connected to the fibre network. So, now, all those who want superfast broadband are able to enjoy it, right? No.

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Is Kintore broadband network adequate?

We all know what it’s like when the lights go out. Infuriating isn’t it? Fortunately, it doesn’t happen often. We are used to our services just working 99% of the time.

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How is your broadband?

How is your broadband performing? If you are having continuing connection or speed problems, Kintore’s councillors want to hear from you.

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What to do about broadband interruptions

It is quite obvious from the recent survey on broadband in Kintore and the comments received at kintore.org.uk and on our Facebook page, that a substantial number of people are having problems with broadband disconnecting intermittently.

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Are you having trouble with broadband disconnections?

We’ve been contacted by an Aberdeenshire Council official who is speaking to BT about disconnection issues. He is looking for phone numbers that are affected. Read More...
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Kintore survey indicates broadband divide

A survey conducted in Kintore reveals widespread dissatisfaction with broadband services in the town. While some of those who are able to get fibre broadband enjoy speeds over 65MB, a significant number on conventional wired broadband report their service appears to be deteriorating.

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Broadband postcode lottery in Kintore?

Early results from a community broadband survey in Kintore suggest that there is something of a postcode lottery to broadband services in our town.

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Uncertainty over fibre broadband upgrade

So the fibre broadband installation in Kintore is well underway. Poor broadband connections have long been one of the hottest topics on Kintore.org.uk and our associated Kintore Facebook page.

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High-speed broadband on the way

This week we have received the welcome news that many in Kintore has been waiting for. After years of problems with slow downloads and services like BBC iPlayer being almost impossible to use at peak times, Kintore is due to get high-speed fibre broadband this summer.

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Broadband woes continue in Kintore

In the last month, Kintore’s broadband infrastructure has been creaking under the strain of the growing number of households and businesses in Kintore. Broadband outages and slow speeds seem to be affecting a large proportion of the population.

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Kintore BT upgrade downgraded

In December last year BT made the announcement that “Kintore will be among 47 communities in Scotland to receive the new service that promises speeds up to 20Mbps”.

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Faster broadband for Kintore next summer

Kintore is to get a faster broadband service by summer 2012. BT has made the announcement that Kintore will be among 47 communities in Scotland to receive the new service that promises speeds up to 20Mbps.

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Kintore broadband reaches around half global average

So, after many phone calls and emails to BT, we finally seem to be seeing speeds return to where they were. But, it is galling that they are still barely half the global average.

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Broadband in Kintore slows to a crawl

Well, the crunch has happened. Just as we predicted, the onset of winter has resulted in more broadband usage and, as a result, broadband in the town slows to a crawl each evening.

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As nights draw in broadband woes increase

As the autumn chill takes over from last week’s Indian summer, more people are turning to the internet for their evening entertainment and that, in turn, means that Kintore’s broadband infrastructure comes under greater strain.

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Scottish Government says high-speed broadband is "key priority"

The Scottish Government has said that access to the next generation of high-speed is a key priority. The government’s aim is to have “access for all” by 2020.

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MSP calls for urgent action on broadband

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for North East Scotland, has renewed her call for the Scottish Government to take action on rural broadband blackspots. Read More...
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Broadband: Kintore stuck in the slow lane again?

How’s your broadband speed? Living just about a mile outside Kintore our line is rated at 5mb of the supposed headline figure of 8mb quoted in BT’s adverts.

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Make NE broadband pilot, UK Government urged

Following a report by the BBC which showed that parts of the Aberdeenshire had some of the lowest broadband speeds in the UK, North East Conservative MSP Nanette Milne has urged the UK Government to include Aberdeenshire as a pilot area for broadband improvements.

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MSP launches campaign for better broadband

Nanette Milne, Conservative MSP for the North East has launched a campaign to secure better broadband for communities across the North East.

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Do you want faster broadband in Kintore?

Fancy 40Mb broadband? Thought so! Well, between now and Hogmanay we have the chance to vote for Kintore to be among the first to have the new super-fast broadband.

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