Somewhat quietly the UK’s Environment Agency recently released their LIDAR data for much of England. Most people are probably thinking “so what!” but the myriad of wireless broadband operators are likely to be jumping with joy once they get to grips with what’s been released. The LIDAR data is provided as digital elevation data suitable for […]
Lincolnshire’s Bryn Davies asked the B4RL Facebook group the question: “Will it help us get better broadband into rural areas if BT is split from BT Openreach?”. At the time I posted a quick response to the effect “probably not” but Facebook comments don’t really give the space to properly answer a question like this. […]
The debate about whether the Chancellor should tax broadband services to fund investments in the very hardest to reach areas of the UK is back again. As a concept it’s been doing the rounds for some years (Labour proposed a 50p tax in their 2010 manifesto) and it’s not unique to the UK (the US has […]
As a bit of Friday fun I’ve re-run my 3D model on parts of Lancashire to see what the landscape looks like when you have B4RN Towers alongside the low-rise living of ordinary broadband users.
Its long been a problem that Local Authorities have published broadband maps of their publicly-funded roll-out programmes but made looking up the data really quite hard. While a householder can usually find their own area quite quickly an operator considering investing in a wider area often finds it very much harder, sometimes resorting to manually entering postcodes one […]
Following on from my articles on bringing Charles Booths maps up to date and visualising Ofcom’s broadband speed data, I’ve been looking at other ways to create webmaps that explore data visually. A feature of QGIS that I’ve overlooked for too long is the threejs plugin; it creates interactive 3d webmaps in minutes and is able […]
Following on from the Charles Booth article, I thought I’d put together another short piece again using feely available open data from Ofcom and the OS combined with Opensource tools. Late last year Ofcom published the detailed dataset that sits behind their annual broadband speed survey. There are any number of ways of studying the […]