High-speed internet finally arrives in Blackpool!

The new broadband network goes live later this month and promises to deliver superfast internet at low prices, to thousands of premises in and around Blackpool.

It’s fantastic news for the local residents who’ve long been ignored by the so-called ‘big internet’ providers. Like many areas across the North West, Blackpool has some of the worst internet connections in the UK. Many mainstream broadband firms refused to build networks in Blackpool, citing high construction costs and a low return on investment. In other words, they didn’t think the town or its people were worth it.

Residents are forced to pay over the odds for sub-standard connections, while others simply can’t afford monthly tariffs and have no access to essential digital services. Digital exclusion is a serious issue that leads to fewer economic opportunities and poorer health outcomes, including a reduced life expectancy.

“Blackpool is one of the UK’s ‘left behind’ areas,” says Dr Luke Munford, a lecturer in health economics at the University of Manchester. “Digital exclusion is a huge contributor to the struggles the town faces.”

6G Internet is a high-speed broadband network that delivers guaranteed high-speed internet at extremely affordable prices. For less than £20 p/m, you’ll receive enough broadband to support browsing, streaming, gaming and home working on multiple devices. Also, with 6G Internet’s no price rise promise, you’ll never pay more than you agreed to.

6G Internet will ensure that everyone in Blackpool has the same opportunity to benefit from fast and reliable broadband connections. The Internet for everyone campaign will donate 20% of 6G Internet’s network coverage to schools, charities and local organisations in need. It also provides tablets and other digital devices to children from families experiencing economic hardship.

The network uses wireless transmitters, installed on roof-tops, telecommunication masts and street poles, to send full-fibre Wi-Fi signals through the air.

Phil Walker is the Director of Finance at 6G Internet. He says, “Over the last 15 years, billions of pounds have been invested in research and development for wireless broadband technology. NASA uses it to communicate with its Mars rover. Tesla cars use it to update and navigate.”

“Now we are using it to make sure people in Blackpool can access the internet faster and cheaper than anywhere else in the UK. It’s a true game-changer. Residents and businesses will be able to take full advantage of technology and services that are at the cutting edge of what is possible. If anywhere deserved a digital upgrade, then it’s Blackpool. We’re excited to see the impact the network will have.”

To celebrate this exciting launch, 6G Internet is offering a discount on all of its packages, to every person in Blackpool, who signs up before the 31st of August 2022. The savings on offer include:

  • Swift 45 Mbps package: was £18.99p/m, now just £15.99p/m.
  • Rapid 75 Mbps package: was £21.99p/m, now just £18.99p/m.
  • Ultrafast 100 Mbps package: was £26.99p/m, now just £21.99p/m.

Visit 6ginternet.com or call 01253 427 001 for more information but hurry; this offer is only available for a limited time. Signing up after the 31st of August 2022 means you’ll miss out on these great savings.

6Ginternet is helping people through the cost of living crisis

The price of everything is rising, forcing people to make hard choices. A recent report from the BBC found that many of us can no longer afford to pay for food, heating, utilities, and a monthly broadband connection.

Some broadband packages linked to inflation have seen mid-contract increases as high as 11%. And these price hikes have hit the financially vulnerable the hardest.

7% of low earners are now in arrears on their internet bills, owing an average of £171 each. And with further price rises likely, the financial situation for millions of UK households is not looking good.

Lewa and her family have already cut back on food and data to make their income last through the month. Speaking to the BBC, Lewa said:

“Financially, everything has become really hard. I’m struggling with three kids, all at different stages. I have to share internet with my neighbour to save money. My son does all his homework at the library because we don’t always have the internet at home.”

Hafsha Dadabhai Shaikh, who works to help people access free data, explains how Lewa’s situation is far from uncommon:

“So many people out there are making those choices between ‘do I have enough money to feed myself and my family this month?…and do I have enough money left over to put in the kitty to buy some data’?”

And it shouldn’t be this way, continues Hafsha:

“Data and broadband are vital now. “Families have to go online to see their GPs, order prescriptions, manage finances, and get the best deals from supermarkets.”

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries wants big broadband providers to introduce measures to tackle rising tariffs. As of yet, few have taken any serious action.

Broadband provider 6Ginternet understands that reliable and accessible internet is no longer a luxury. Instead, it’s a necessity.

So while everyone else is talking about how to lower prices and help ordinary people, 6Ginternet continues to give away a large portion of its network coverage to schools, charities, local authorities, and other organisations.

It’s called the “Internet for Everyone Campaign,’ and it ensures that everyone can use the internet, whenever they need it.

“Working with 6Ginternet means we can help older people get connected free of charge,” says an Age UK Blackburn spokesperson. “This allows them to experience the many benefits of digital technology, such as keeping in touch with friends and family, shopping online, and using health services online.”

6Ginternet: an independent broadband provider putting people before its profits.

For more information on the Internet for Everyone Campaign, visit 6Gintenet.com. And if you’re part of an organisation that could benefit from free broadband, call 6Ginternet 0800 246 6767.

Can Surfing the Web Make You a Smarter Senior?

Cognitive function improved by internet useWho knew that using the internet during your retirement years can boost your cognitive function!

Researchers examined the cognitive function of more than 2,000 retired people from across Europe and found that post-retirement internet usage is associated with substantially higher scores on tests. The Lancaster University research paper is available to read in full here: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/news/using-internet-in-retirement-boosts-cognitive-function.

If you’re thinking of retirement and need fast, affordable broadband, please get in touch.

Our internet is fully installed by our own team of installers, making it hassle-free for you, so you can enjoy retirement the way it should be!

You can view our pricing options here: https://www.6ginternet.com/6g-pricing

Wi-Fi Jargon Buster – Part 2

We’ve already busted the jargon around Wi-Fi inside your home but sadly the jargon doesn’t stop there! Here, we explain the technical terms for Wi-Fi outside of your home:

What does ADSL mean?

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. The most basic broadband connection available today. It is faster than older dial-up technologies but less reliable than fibre. It operates purely over copper telephone lines and sends data along these at speeds up to 24Mbps, though often much slower.

ADSL

What is FTTC?

Fibre To The Cabinet is a technology using a combination of fast fibre-optic cables and slower copper wires. Typically, the maximum download speed is up to 80Mbps and often much less.

Fibre to the cabinet FTTC

What does Cabinet mean?

These are the green boxes sited along our streets and roads. Our internet and phone connections come from there. Data is sent along copper or wire cables before being routed to our homes.

Cabinet

What is FTTP?

Fibre To The Premises does without the copper wires used in FTTC and delivers fast fibre-optic internet speeds of up to 1Gbps directly to the modem/router in your home. However, availability is currently limited and restricted to highly populated business and residential areas.

Fibre to the premises - FTTP

What is Air Fibre?

Air Fibre uses a combination or fibre-optic and wireless technologies to deliver ultrafast internet speeds. The technology is more future proof with speeds of up to 6Gbps expected within 5 years.

Air fibre

Wi-Fi Jargon Buster

Jargon busterBaffled by technical jargon when browsing for broadband? We can help you know your bits from your bytes…

What does Bit mean?

A bit is the smallest amount of data (0 or 1) used when describing the transfer speed of data. Not to be confused with bytes!

What does Bandwidth mean?

You will usually hear this referred to in bits per second (bps), megabits per second (Mbps), or even Gigabits per second (Gbps). It refers to the maximum amount of data transmitted during a specific amount of time – one second.

What does Ethernet mean?

This connects routers and internet enabled devices by wire within your home. The connection is more reliable than Wi-Fi and often preferred by
competitive gamers.

What does Byte mean?

A byte is a unit of data that contains 8 bits. Data storage and file size is usually described in terms of bytes whereas speed of internet is described in bits.

What does Download speed mean?

Like bandwidth, this is the speed at which your connection can receive data FROM the internet. You will see these referred to in Megabits
per second (Mbps) and Gigabits per second (Gbps).

What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a wireless network technology that uses radio signals to connect internet capable devices to a router which in turn connects to the internet.

Top Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online

Keeping Kids Safe OnlineFor Kids:

  • Use trusted websites and ask a responsible adult if in any doubt.
  • Talk to an adult before sharing any personal information such as your phone number or e-mail address.

For Parents:

  • Check your parental controls to help keep kids safe.
  • Talk to your child about which apps and sites they are using, then check the relevant privacy settings.

For more tips and advice on keeping kids safe online, visit www.gov.uk and search for “child safety online for parents”

6G Internet teams up with Burnley FC as it prepares to pitch high-quality broadband to town

Internet service provider 6G Internet is supporting Burnley FC in kicking off the football season after becoming an official business club member.

East Lancashire-based 6G Internet has linked up with the Clarets as the team begins its 2021/2022 Premier League campaign.

The business, based in Burnley, gave the club its backing ahead of a planned roll-out of its internet services in Burnley.

6G Internet has long-term plans to branch out even further afield across Lancashire and the North West.

6G Internet -Burnley FC
Phil Walker, from 6G Internet, with Paul Walsh, from Burnley FC

Phil Walker, director of 6G Internet, said both the link-up with Burnley FC and its expansion into the town showed the business’s commitment to become part of the community.

He said, “6G Internet is an established East Lancashire business that has always been proud of its roots so we are keen to become part of the fabric of the communities we serve.

“We were keen to show our support to the club when the opportunity presented itself and we are now looking forward to seeing the 6G Internet brand featured around Turf Moor and within match-day programmes as our relationship goes from strength to strength.

“We are now eagerly awaiting the extension of our network within the town.”

Business club membership includes a host of benefits, including the 6G Internet branding featuring on mid-tier LED displays during matches and a 24-hour LED screen outside Turf Moor.

Club Local Brand Partnership Executive Paul Walsh said, “We are always keen to forge alliances with Burnley businesses and so we are delighted to announce that 6G Internet has joined the Burnley FC Business Club. We would like to thank them for their support so far and we look forward to developing our work together in the future.”

Rather than using the copper cable network like its rivals, 6G Internet installs and uses its own network, enabling it to provide high-quality broadband without the wait or inconvenience of digging up roads to lay fibre-optic cables. The network is designed, built and managed by 6G Internet entirely, meaning it is not reliant on other parties such as telecommunications providers.

Phil said, “Taking this approach means 6G Internet can offer a network that is less expensive to run and can be expanded much faster than other providers.”

Since launch, 6G Internet has worked with community organisations such as churches, mosques, charities and schools to improve existing connections and create new initiatives for locals to access the internet.

Phil added, “We believe that for too many people, costs and long-term contracts are the barrier to being able to connect to the internet at home. However, being connected isn’t just about watching the latest movie. For some, an internet connection can be their only access to essential services such as healthcare, socialising, education and finance, which is why we remain committed to helping people get connected.”

How to Keep Kids Safe Online

Keeping kids safe onlineWith the NSPCC reporting a 60% increase in calls last year from parents concerned about their child being abused online, it is more important than ever to become online safe savvy and to protect our children the best we can.

Here are some ways we can do this:

Direct Supervision.

Nothing can beat directly supervising your child while they are online by joining in with their activities. Not only can you see and hear what they are doing in real time, you can also respond to and address any safety concerns immediately.

Make chatting about online safety a regular thing.

Where it is not possible or is impractical to supervise directly, encourage children to be at ease when talking about safety issues. They will feel more comfortable telling you if they have any online worries if discussions are a normal part of daily life. Explain simply to your child what they should do if they see something that worries them. For example, if someone they don’t know tries to contact them, then turn the screen off or put the phone face down and tell you straight away. You can also contact the Police on 101.

Become online safety savvy.

Learn about applying parental controls, setting privacy settings, checking age appropriateness of apps and consider content filtering software. These are just some of the ways you can help to keep your child safe online

What can affect Wi-Fi signal strengths & speeds in your home?

What can affect Wi-Fi signal speed and strength

If you’ve experienced the frustration of slow or non-existent Wi-Fi in certain areas of your home, here are some of the most common causes:

Location of your router: How close you are to the router will determine how strong the signal to your device is. Moving your router to a central part of your house or where Wi-Fi is most used, will help with your signal strength.

Number of devices connected: Even if you usually have a great signal but suddenly experience intermittent speeds or buffering, the cause of this can be the number of devices connected using up the bandwidth. Disconnecting devices that aren’t in use will free up bandwidth, allowing you to stream buffer-free.

Wi-Fi devices speed and signal strength

Your house: Brick walls, steel, wooden doors etc. can all cause an obstruction as ultimately, your Wi-Fi signal has to transmit through these different materials. Unfortunately, this one is out of your control

Wi-Fi devices and signal strength through materials

Top Tip: Using an ethernet cable gives you a faster, more reliable and secure connection to the internet, when compared to a wireless connection.

6G Internet Partners with Blackburn Rovers – 2021/2022 Season

6G Internet will help Blackburn Rovers kick off the new football season after becoming an official partner of the club.

Phil Walker, director of 6G Internet, said “6G Internet is an established East Lancashire business that has always been proud of its roots, so we are keen to become part of the fabric of the communities we serve. When the opportunity with Blackburn Rovers arose, we were eager to show our support for the town’s favourite football club and we look forward to seeing this partnership flourish as the team progresses on the pitch this season.”

6G Internet, which initially launched in Blackburn, has ambitious plans to roll out its technology even further afield and is set to open a new retail outlet in the town centre. ‘The WI-FI Centre – brought to you by 6G Internet’ is expected to open its doors in The Mall later this month, offering customers a one-stop shop for all their Wi-Fi queries and needs.

We believe both the link-up with Rovers and the launch of The WI-FI Centre shows the business’ commitment to become part of the community in Blackburn.

Marc Mitchell, Rovers’ Commercial Sales & Partnership Manager, added: “It is important for the club to develop strong links with the community, so we are delighted to welcome 6G Internet into our commercial portfolio as an official club partner.”

For more information about Blackburn Rovers, please click here