Maldon: MP's concern at broadband glitch

Maldon and Burnham Standard: John Whittingdale John Whittingdale

Maldon's MP is calling for a national launch of superfast broadband to be delayed, after it emerged millions of homes will suffer interference to their TV signals.

The national launch of 4G mobile phone networks will also mean hundreds of homes will lose TV signal altogether, it has been claimed.

Many homes can use a filter to block the signals, which could force images to be distorted and channels to be lost.

Concerned John Whittingdale is now calling for local tests to be conducted before the national launch of the superfast broadband early next year.

He said: “There may well be a case for a trial in order to get precise figures for exactly which households will suffer interference and to what extent that interference is a serious problem.

“Another issue is whether the filters will work properly, and it would help if they too could be tested in a trial.”

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3:34pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Opsiomath says...

I think everyone needs to be aware that it's not landline based SuperFast Broadband that is likely to interfere with FreeView TV signals .. The pathetic attempts to-date to roll that out to ALL of Essex need encouraging and speeding up Mr Whittingdale is only referring to 4G mobile phone transmitters - And I couldn't agree more with his concerns .. I suggest that the mobile companies be focused by Mr. Whittingdale's Government on getting universal coverage of 2G and 3G broadband to properly serve rural communities. In the interim I agree that they also need to sort out the 4G interference, AND if it is a real issue, get the mobile phone companies who will profit from 4G to pay 100% for free filters (if they work) for every TV in every effected house plus free installation for the elderly and infirm. Most homes (even those prepared to pay for Sky or FreeSat) have lots of FreeView TVs in bedrooms, kitchens and study areas .. Each and every one should be protected
I think everyone needs to be aware that it's not landline based SuperFast Broadband that is likely to interfere with FreeView TV signals .. The pathetic attempts to-date to roll that out to ALL of Essex need encouraging and speeding up Mr Whittingdale is only referring to 4G mobile phone transmitters - And I couldn't agree more with his concerns .. I suggest that the mobile companies be focused by Mr. Whittingdale's Government on getting universal coverage of 2G and 3G broadband to properly serve rural communities. In the interim I agree that they also need to sort out the 4G interference, AND if it is a real issue, get the mobile phone companies who will profit from 4G to pay 100% for free filters (if they work) for every TV in every effected house plus free installation for the elderly and infirm. Most homes (even those prepared to pay for Sky or FreeSat) have lots of FreeView TVs in bedrooms, kitchens and study areas .. Each and every one should be protected Opsiomath
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