It seems that BT Openreach has, against the odds, converted some (or even all) of the old telephone lines which were connected directly to the Exchange to go through a new cabinet. This means that orders can now be made for a Fibre service for most of the lines in central Blockley. In discussing this with two different Internet Service Providers I’ve been told that “I have only heard of BT doing this in one other case – most people with EO lines have been left in the lurch”. So this is tremendously good news.
This now leaves people in Draycott, Northwick Park and Bourton-on-the-Hill – those served by Cabinets 2 and 3 – with no certainty about whether these cabinets will be upgraded. At present none of the official sources of information are very encouraging about this. They don’t say they won’t be, but they don’t say they will be. However, the recent upgrade of the Blockley Exchange to ADSL2+ may mean that better speeds are already available, especially for with the shortest cable run to the Blockley Exchange. Anyone in these areas should contact their ISP to ask whether ADSL2 / ADSL2+ would give them better speeds than they have at present. For example, a quick check showed that a number in Draycott should now be able to get around 4.5Mb/s and Northwick Park 4Mb/s. Bourton-on-the-Hill is a tougher nut to crack owing the distance from the Exchange, and the dispersed nature of the village.