On 2nd March 2015 the northern part of Alpheton (the main part of the village) was privileged to be one of the first minority areas of the country to have FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) available with minimum actual speeds of 75Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. These speeds are reliable and consistent but may dip slighty during peak periods. All one has to do is to place an order with BT for Fibre 1 which will be FTTP. In all cases the physical installation of the fibre into the premises is provided by Openreach free of charge. BT now have some competition because other providers such as TalkTalk, Sky, etc. are entering the FTTP market. If FTTP has not been ordered one has to be content with the old very slow 0.20Mbps to 4Mbps service over copper.
Unfortunately the southern part of Alpheton known as the hamlet of Bridge Street does not have any FTTP access. Bridge Street however does have FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) which while being inferior to FTTP is much better than the earlier copper only service. FTTC is fibre from the telephone exchange in Lavenham to the cabinet by the bus shelter then via the existing old copper from the cabinet to the premises. There is a wide choice of providers for FTTC. If fibre FTTC has not been ordered one has to be content with the old very slow 0.20Mbps to 4Mbps service over copper.
Long range wifi/microwave point to point broadband. For this to work one needs a receiver on the roof that is in line of sight of a transmitter. Download speeds in excess of 20Mb are being achieved in parts of the village. The only provider of such a service to parts of Alpheton is County Broadband based in Aldham, Essex. Visit www.countybroadband.co.uk
Mobile internet access is patchy with some areas of Alpheton able to receive 4G whilst other parts struggle to receive 2G. Much depends on where you are and the mast rollout of the provider.
Alpheton Website News
The News page on this website displays the most important news affecting Alpheton.
The WhatsApp group is the most frequently used social media within Alpheton, where breaking news is posted. Discussions about any issue affecting the village. Contact Trevor Rix email@example.com if you would like to be added to this group.
The 'Alpheton' Facebook group facebook.com/groups/20565691086 is less frequently used but is still an important portal especially for Facebook users.
The 'Alpheton Community' Facebook group facebook.com/groups/152928429233100 is another option.
The Alpheton News email group receives infrequent emails containing only the most important news and issues concerning Alpheton. Contact Trevor Rix firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to this group.
The Nextdoor group formed in February 2021 contains posts pertaining to a wide radius of villages around Alpheton. Funded by advertising.
Chambers Coaches runs infrequent services between Alpheton and Bury St.Edmunds and Sudbury.
For full details and timetables, visit www.chamberscoaches.co.uk
Suffolk Library Service Mobile Library visits Alpheton on alternate Thursdays.
11.25 - 11.40 am Village Hall
11.45 - 12.05 Post box at the end of Church Lane
The Library van no longer stops at Bridge Street
Situated on Old Bury Road, past the Village Hall. Currently in hiberantion. Does not contain a telephone. Now owned by the Parish Council. Awaiting refurbishment.
Royal Mail postboxes are situated near the bus shelter on Tye Green; and at The Glebe, by Doone House, opposite the Village Hall; and at Bridge Street adjacent to the old Rose & Crown pub.
There is a Bottle Bank and a paper recycling facility at the Village Hall.
Household Waste sites are in Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds.