On 2nd March 2015 the northern part of Alpheton (the main part of the village) was privileged to be one of the 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 on the whole 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 are the only realistic choice of provider because others such as TalkTalk, Sky, Virgin etc. have not entered the FTTP market yet. If BT Infinity has not been ordered one has to be content with the old 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 then 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 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.
Chambers Coaches runs services between Alpheton and Bury St.Edmunds, and to 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.
Royal Mail letterboxes are situated on Tye Green near the bus shelter, at The Glebe 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.