Update as at 1st January 2019


Although I am a registered recipient of Essex County Council's Superfast Broadband information and should have a much better picture of the present download speeds available in Stow Maries, I have become aware that a number of residents have a faster broadband speed than the paltry +2 Mega Bits per Second that most residents have to put up with.


The information that I have been receiving regarding the provision of higher broadband speeds has been spasmodic and contradictory and so is worthless.


Therefore, it is with regret that I have decided to cease my attempts to keep residents informed of the faster broadband availability.


Brian Townsend 828 302



Update as at 24th July 2017

As a registered recipient of Essex County Council's Superfast Broadband information, I can give the situation as I understand it.

I was informed that Church Lane residents, there may be others of course, are planned to have a fibre-based connection starting in October 2017 and completed in 2018.

Since that update, another update, possibly originating from a different source, states that any connections via Openreach will take place in 2019.

It seems that we are getting conflicting information because of all the parties involved plus the recent separation of OPENREACH from BT and so, as usual, it seems to be a 'wait and see' situation.

Other people may have different information and if this is the case, I would like to know of it.

Brian Townsend 828 302


Update as at 18th February 2016: 

According to the latest information received by me (Brian Townsend) from SuperFast Essex, Stow Maries is in area that is scheduled to be fibre-enabled under Phase 2a planned for 2016-2018. 

However, not all addresses in the area may be served. 

Also, nobody is automatically connected to superfast broadband when fibre is available - you need to to ask your provider to switch to fibre or buy a fibre service. 

If this seems confusing, I suggest that you go to www.superfastessex.org and look at the various web pages available to you. The interactive map is quite interesting. 


Update as at 7th December 2015:

"I have been told that, following successful financial negotiations, County Broadband are planning to have the whole of Stow Maries up and running in February 2016." Submitted by Brian Townsend


Latest information about possible +24 Mbps broadband in Stow Maries. Every household in Stow Maries should now have received details of a confirmed Village Meeting in The Smythe Hall on July 23rd at 8 p.m. If you did not receive a flyer or would like a further copy, please contact Brian Townsend on (828 302).


A post-presentation update to the above item.

At last night’s presentation, James Salmon informed 25 to 30 Stow Maries residents about the County Broadband scheme for making wireless, i.e. non-telephone, high-speed broadband available in Stow Maries.

He revealed that the provision of a similar scheme in Cold Norton was about 60% complete.

There was a high interest in proceeding to the next phase of the investigation which is to establish from those residents who were not at the presentation whether or not they would be interested in the scheme should it become available.

The likely time scale to starting the installation process is about three to four months but this could be shortened considerably if enough residents were prepared to enter into a financial arrangement, i.e. a loan to County Broadband.

If interested in this aspect of the provision, please contact James Salmon on County Broadband Ltd., Old Bourchiers Hall, New Road, Aldham, Colchester CO6 3QU.

Brian Townsend – 24 July 2015


A further update.

The presentation of wireless broadband possibilities by County Broadband is expected to be made on 23 July in The Smythe Hall, Church Lane at 8 p.m.

Before then a leaflet will be delivered to each household. This will contain further details for those who are interested in obtaining superfast broadband.

Brian Townsend – 30 June 2015

A further update to the original entry (reproduced below) dated 3 May 2015.

At the Annual Parish Council Meeting, on 18 May 2015, the expected information from County Broadband was not available but action to have a presentation is ongoing – watch this space! (Or, contact me on brian@briamar.co.uk.)

A delivery of the promised literature will be made to all residents as very few were able to attend the Meeting.

The information from SuperFast Essex, as promised for the end of May confirms my stated belief in the previous update that Stow Maries will not be included in the present activities by BT.

The recent appointment of our MP as Culture Secretary and his visit to the area, as shown on TV (17/5/15) may change this situation but I, for one, am not holding my breath.

Therefore, if you want superfast broadband, i.e. 24Mbps, as soon as possible, then you might be interested in the two commercial organisations listed here.

Brian Townsend – 27 May 2015


At the last Parish Council meeting, on 27 April 2015, I reported to the members my impressions of the outcome of the Superfast Essex event on 18 March. 

As expected by most of the Dengie parish delegates, many parishes, including Stow Maries, are unlikely to get fibre-based broadband via the BT Openreach system – at least, not in the foreseeable future. 

It was stated that a more informative statement about the situation should be available by the end of May 2015 but unless a considerable change has taken place since the meeting in March, the situation for the majority of Dengie parishes will be unchanged from that at present. (This is, in Stow Maries, about 2.5Mb/s for download and 0.4Mb/s for upload.)

As a result, some parishes are abandoning hope of getting BT fibre-broadband and turning to the alternatives that appear to offer an acceptable solution to the problem of poor broadband provision by BT. 

Stow Maries Parish Council has already had one presentation from FibreWiFi Ltd – unfortunately not publicised beforehand – and County Broadband, that has already given a presentation to Cold Norton residents, is presently producing literature for parishioners that should be available at the Annual Parish Meeting on 18 May 2015 in The Smythe Hall at 19:00 hours. A delivery of the literature will be made to those residents who are not able to attend the Meeting. 

Brian Townsend – 3 May 2015