Broadband in Goodnestone Parish
Goodnestone village is served by an Openreach cabinet at Bonnington, at the far end of the park from the village. This provides fibre-to-the cabinet broadband to Goodnestone and Claypits. Top speeds of between about 25Mbps and 50Mbps are available in Goodnestone village and around 12 to 20 Mbps in Claypits. All broadband suppliers use Openreach cabinets so the service can be ordered through any of the major providers.
Properties in Chillenden currently struggle with a slow fibre-to-the-cabinet (VDSL) or ADSL service. Speeds vary from about 2Mbps up to around 12Mbps depending on the property and quality of the line. Openreach have confirmed that they are working towards upgrading Chillenden to fibre-to-the-premise or “full fibre” broadband. The service was due to be delivered in April 2021 but this has been delayed. Full fibre provides a fast and reliable service. Packages start at around £25/month for a 40Mbps service with speeds up to 900Mbps available.
There is a community initiative to see whether we can use central government and KCC grants to deliver full fibre broadband to Rowling. Success is not guaranteed as it depends on the cost of bringing fibre to Rowling and the number of people who commit to ordering a service once it is delivered. If the scheme is successful, it is likely that fibre will be delivered some time in 2022.
Other Parts of the Parish
Most other areas of our rural parish unfortunately struggle with slow or very slow broadband through the phone line (although see below for alternatives). If the Rowling initiative is successful, we will investigate whether the same scheme can be used to bring fibre broadband to other parts of the parish.
Vfast are a Kent based company who provide wireless broadband that covers most of the parish. Speeds of up to 24Mbps are available. Installation costs from £199. Once installed, packages range from £14.50/month for very light users up to £36.99/month for heavy users. Please visit the Vfast website for the latest prices and to check your postcode.
Mobile data packages are much more affordable than they were. Coverage in the parish is mostly OK, but do check coverage maps before ordering a package as some providers are better than others. The cost of a package usually depends on the amount of data rather than the speed.
Satellite broadband tends to be expensive, particularly for packages with larger data allowances. A new service called Starlink is now taking orders. Satellite broadband may be suitable as a last resort in areas where no other services are available.
Mobile data and to some extent wireless broadband solutions may sometimes suffer from congestion, but are still likely to provide the best solution in otherwise poorly served areas.
- VFast Broadband
- Kent County Council Broadband site (includes maps and a postcode checker)
- Broadband speed test at speedtest.net
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