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Investing in broadband connections- views?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Popham Nov 8, 2013. 27 Replies

What are your views on social landlords investing in broadband infrastructure and conectivity (clouds, fibreoptics etc) for residents homes (as opposed to in communal areas/ hubs)? I've attended a…Continue

 

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John Popham replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"Members here might be interested in this offer of broadband for £2 a month. Of course, there is a landline rental charge on top, which amounts to £14.50 a…"
Nov 8, 2013
Jan Tchamani replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"I live on a local authority sheltered housing scheme for the over-50s. I had an interesting conversation with 2 city councillors and a housing officer at a local forum meeting last night. My argument is that, with other areas of the ward where we…"
Apr 12, 2013
James Lewis replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"Well, it seems to me the natural vehicle would be a consortium of members of the SHPDSG. The cost of a research project group shared out by multiple HAs (and ideally with some recognition of the size and income of contributing HAs in terms of…"
Apr 11, 2013
Andrew Coulson replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"Sorry to join the discussion a bit late, we have recently started to do some customer profiling of our tenants (so far around 6000 tenants have responded) which has identified a frightening 57% don't use the internet and among other…"
Apr 4, 2013
John Popham replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"No I didn't think you were being negative, James, more realistic and recognising the challenges.  I'm interesting in your reference to a "vehicle". Any ideas on what shape this should take?"
Apr 2, 2013
James Lewis replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
""overcome" is an important choice of words - I suspect HAs will not disregard these fears - they will need to address them - my two cents (tuppence?) is that there needs to be a vehicle facilitated to do just that...   If I sound…"
Apr 2, 2013
John Popham replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"As I said in this blog post http://wp.me/ppLRZ-un I think that Housing Associations need to overcome these fears and act urgently to address the digital divide that is going to affect their ability to collect rents and their tenants'…"
Apr 2, 2013
James Lewis replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"Noone does, and it probably needs legal expertise as well as time and research anyway - I think it needs a consortium to fund expert investigation. I would be prepared to believe sources like this more if there was a clear consensus on this, which…"
Apr 2, 2013
Philip Bowen replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"Facts require research, which requires time, sadly I don't have much of that to spare. I'm fully prepared to believe reliable sources in the business, without scrutinising massively. If they're speaking from experience, I've no…"
Mar 26, 2013
James Lewis replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
Mar 26, 2013
James Lewis replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"It seems like this sort of story needs facts - in my experience there seems to be a lot of rumour and innuendo around HAs providing internet access and all sorts of doomy predictions around the problems they will face. JISC provide legal advice to…"
Mar 26, 2013
Philip Bowen replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"I came across this in negotiations with a Wi-Fi provider, that had helped install Internet Wi-Fi networks for housing associations in the north Midlands. I don't know the specifics. However, I think it was won, precisely because the HA did not…"
Mar 19, 2013
James Lewis replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"HI John   Great post - I totally agree about finding the "touchpoints"! The WiBE sounds promising, especially if the tech comes down in price..."
Mar 18, 2013
James Lewis replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"Hi Philip   I'd be interested in knowing more about that HA legal case - it sounds like an urban legend, but if true surely it could be the death knell for any HA doing anythjing for their tenants - after all the filters are not 100% as…"
Mar 18, 2013
John Popham replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"My experience, running projects such as Our Digital Planet (see http://wp.me/ppLRZ-s1) suggests that digital inclusion is a patient, painstaking process, and everyone has their own "touchpoints" where digital technologies will make a…"
Mar 15, 2013
Philip Bowen replied to Maggie Houghton's discussion Investing in broadband connections- views?
"I fully agree, that if a tenant wishes to purchase their own connection, then they should be free to do with it as they please. However, in our case, if we are providing the service and not transferring the costs, then it is ours to do with as we…"
Mar 15, 2013

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