Highways RBWM is unwilling to move the closure of Bradenham Lane forward any more than to the middle of May. It seems that we are somewhat ring fenced by other work being done on the 404 and the policy of not having the signage for two projects competing with each other. The project that is most in our way is a four week effort being done by Highways England and ending the middle of May. Andy Hudson, the Director from Openreach that is helping us to get connected, has had someone on his staff meet with Highways England in hopes that if their project is done more quickly than four weeks, that we might then get a jump start on ours. Andy is hopeful that this will be the case.
The bottom line is that we will not get the fibre to our new cabinets until May. This is why we were hoping that Openreach could have come to terms with Randall Farms. It is too late now for a second path to help us but if we had been able to gain access to our neighbouring farm land we would likely be saving some months of waiting. I guess having waited for years a couple of months is not that long but I am still disappointed that any additional delay is being added on top of the months and months that we have already seen tacked on the end of our original promise date.
If there is any good news it is that we have been assured that Call Flow will be ready to connect the fibre and offer us service in the minimal possible time. We have not gotten any indication from them, however, as to what they expect that length of time to be. I think that we can be assured that it will have been a year from when we had originally hoped to have been connected to when we are FINALLY brought out of the dark ages of Internet connectivity. I lived on a boat in near Washington D.C. fifteen years ago and had better connectivity that I do now living in the shadow of one of the world's greatest cities. It is really a little appalling. Hopefully not for much longer.