Onlincolnshire - Better Broadband for the Spilsby Area
Onlincolnshire is aiming to develop a database of where there is need for improved high speed broadband services in Lincolnshire. The scheme is being run by Lincolnshire County Council.
The goal of onlincolnshire is to encourage commercial suppliers to invest in next generation broadband infrastructure in Lincolnshire, by registering as much demand for next generation broadband services as possible in an information resource.
In order to do this onlincolnshire is reliant on the people of Lincolnshire registering their interest in improved connectivity for their area. Less than 5 minutes of your time could help make a big difference...
Spilsby has been rated in a Uswitch.com research document as having the worst broadband provision in Lincolnshire, and the 12th worst in the country.
You can do your bit to improve the situation by registering with Onlincolnshire.
Why do I need broadband?
- A good broadband connection for your business or home means there's greater capacity to send and receive data. You can receive and send far more information to your computer in the same period of time.
- This allows you to access the Internet, download files faster and send and receive emails quicker.
- Advanced, faster broadband offers even greater speeds and more possibilities.
- A broadband connection is "always on" - no waiting for dial-up connectivity if you still use this route to the Internet.
- This means that users are immediately productive without having to wait for connection.
- A broadband connection also frees up the telephone line that was previously used to connect to the Internet via dial up.
- You may be able to disconnect any additional phone lines you have had installed, saving you money.
I already have broadband, why do I need high-speed broadband?
Look back at computing technology over the past fifty years and you notice one thing - it never stays still. Your computer from ten years ago may have been state of the art now but can it do what the new computers can?
Some places in the world such as Korea are looking at increasing their speeds to 1Gbps (approximately 1,000 Mbps, or approximately 150 times to current average speed in the UK) and some cities in the UK already have 100 Mbps broadband. Even the so-called 'high-speed' broadband Lincolnshire County Council are looking at (24 Mbps max) is being left behind, let alone not improving from the current situation.
As the internet includes more and more videos, rich imaging and larger files for you to download we are being left behind.
You can share your broadband connection with more than one PC, mobile phone, tablet or games console.
With a high speed broadband connection, you can easily share connection to the Internet amongst several PCs or other devices in your home or business. This would not be practical for a dial up connection, and may be unacceptably slow for a low speed broadband connection.
By setting up a simple Wi-Fi (wireless) network in your home, all family members will be able to access the Internet via a range of devices.
Likewise, business users could create a network and share the broadband connection across several users.
If you had to previously have separate accounts for several PCs via dial up, this again can be a substantial cost saving in fees and telephone costs.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a technology that allows you to make telephone calls using your broadband Internet connection instead of your (analogue) phone line. Your voice is broken up by special software into small packets of data, sent through the Internet, and reassembled at the other end.
This happens almost instantaneously, with no discernable time lag and at good quality - as good as a landline call.
The cost of both your local and long distance telephone calls via VoIP is less than it would be using a conventional land line, as well as offering extra functions and flexibility. If you want to phone a land line, you can still make very significant savings over using your ordinary telephone line. The most commonly used technology is called Skype and allows voice and video calls across the globe for free in some cases.
For example, buying Skype credits and calling a landline in Australia would cost less than £1 for an hour! This could substantially reduce call costs to friends and relatives overseas.
Skype also offers a premium service aimed at business users too - with similar call costs to those above as well as other benefits.
Do you work from home? Would you like to?
Broadband, combined with other technologies have all led to the emergence of a new form of working. This mixture of new technology and patterns of work has become known as Teleworking or Virtual Working. It typically combines Internet access to the base office and VoIP systems too.
Depending on your job, you might be able to use faster broadband to work from home. This could mean less commuting costs and dependence on transport links.
If you run your own business, faster broadband may enable you to run this from home, saving on premises costs in town.
Another incentive for the growth for new, virtual working is the increased emphasis on legal rights on work/life balance within jobs. For example, people with children or other care commitments may be able to use broadband to restructure their working days.
It has very obvious cost benefits for both employers and employees, in increasing productivity and cutting commuting costs for employees.
Video Conference with colleagues in New York, Paris, Peckham...
Video conferencing allows users to speak and see each other, to share data, documents, images and sound when they are not physically in the same location.
From small one-to-one site conferences, through to multi-point sites with several different groups of people at each site - there is a system to suit the majority of business needs.
Individuals need not miss out either - Skype allows very straightforward video calls to other Skype users too. These are ideal for keeping contact with distant relatives.
Good broadband connectivity allows video conferences to be set up easily.
The main business benefits are:
- Savings on travel costs.
- Savings on time taken to get to meetings.
- Getting people together where diary time is a problem.
- Making collaborative working more manageable.
- Sharing of information, data, audio and video.