Not so super-fast

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WHAT happened to the march of super-fast broadband technology we are supposed to be experiencing?

In my village just outside York, if I’m lucky I might get about 1 Mb. For this I’m paying line rental of £15.45 a month for the honour of two copper wires entering my house – £185.40 a year. That’s before we start with broadband or phone calls.

It’s very strange that there never seems to be any criticism of BT by our politicians, but they have never been slow to bash the BBC about the licence fee at every opportunity? Now I have worked as a contributor with the BBC for nearly five decades and can’t help but notice that the fee of £145.50 includes service of 12 national television channels, ten regional, three channels for Online, iPlayer and mobile, and 15 national radio stations plus 40 local stations.

Now I know I’m biased but I feel I’m very short changed with my two copper wires poking through the floorboards. My village is only 2.5 miles from the BT Dringhouses exchange but there might as well be a range of Swiss mountains between us.

Keith Massey, Mill Lane, Acaster Malbis, York.

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11:11am Tue 12 Feb 13

NickPheas says...

I can't help thinking that this Super Fast Broadband might actually require someone to dig up a road and lay some cable. Alas, no-one seems prepared to do that.
Sad to think that creating fibre optic broadband networks might be another lost technology, like supersonic planes and reusable spaceships, but it seems to be the case.
I can't help thinking that this Super Fast Broadband might actually require someone to dig up a road and lay some cable. Alas, no-one seems prepared to do that. Sad to think that creating fibre optic broadband networks might be another lost technology, like supersonic planes and reusable spaceships, but it seems to be the case. NickPheas
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11:15am Tue 12 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

Interestingly I have had several marketing calls offering the New Fast Fibre service. But on further enquiring to the salesperson who knew absolutely nothing about how it all falls flat when it still has to come through my wall in 2 copper cables.

Amazing how FAST they put the phone down when you ask about that.
Interestingly I have had several marketing calls offering the New Fast Fibre service. But on further enquiring to the salesperson who knew absolutely nothing about how it all falls flat when it still has to come through my wall in 2 copper cables. Amazing how FAST they put the phone down when you ask about that. capt spaulding
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11:15am Tue 12 Feb 13

Mulgrave says...

All the telecoms like monthly line rental, mine charges £14.95, but all, I think, offer an annual option, usually tucked away in the corner of the website. I am just going to do this for the second year at £114, equal to £9.50 a month! 1Mb is very poor, I got 16.5Mb showing on a basic Talk Talk package on copper wires when I last did a test in an East Riding town. It made me wonder whether fibre is a little over hyped. I gave up on BT as the customer service was poor, but have since found out that each provider I have been with since could try the patience of a saint in different ways.
All the telecoms like monthly line rental, mine charges £14.95, but all, I think, offer an annual option, usually tucked away in the corner of the website. I am just going to do this for the second year at £114, equal to £9.50 a month! 1Mb is very poor, I got 16.5Mb showing on a basic Talk Talk package on copper wires when I last did a test in an East Riding town. It made me wonder whether fibre is a little over hyped. I gave up on BT as the customer service was poor, but have since found out that each provider I have been with since could try the patience of a saint in different ways. Mulgrave
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12:14pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Just zis guy, you know? says...

FTTC is available in Acaster Malbis, at least according to the cursory checks I've made.

I live fairly close to Mr. Massey and have a fibre connection and although the cable run between me and the Dringhouses exchange is a heck of a lot longer than 2.5 miles I'm still getting download speeds of around 30Mbps. A look at the SamKnows availability checker (www.samknows.com) would be time well spent, I think.

The solution is, therefore, potentially two phonecalls away - the first to tell BT sling their hooks and a second to a provider who can offer a better deal. There are many.
FTTC is available in Acaster Malbis, at least according to the cursory checks I've made. I live fairly close to Mr. Massey and have a fibre connection and although the cable run between me and the Dringhouses exchange is a heck of a lot longer than 2.5 miles I'm still getting download speeds of around 30Mbps. A look at the SamKnows availability checker (www.samknows.com) would be time well spent, I think. The solution is, therefore, potentially two phonecalls away - the first to tell BT sling their hooks and a second to a provider who can offer a better deal. There are many. Just zis guy, you know?
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9:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Jam tomorrow says...

SFB is supposed to be coming to My area but when I enquired to my provider I was told I could have it but it would cost an extra £10 a month. Why?
I am already paying for 'up to 7 mbps' but only get half a meg for my money, BT have done the work with a government grant so what am I paying my provider extra for? 2mbps would be enough so I doubt I would ever need the 7mbps I'm paying for now. Are we being conned yet again?
SFB is supposed to be coming to My area but when I enquired to my provider I was told I could have it but it would cost an extra £10 a month. Why? I am already paying for 'up to 7 mbps' but only get half a meg for my money, BT have done the work with a government grant so what am I paying my provider extra for? 2mbps would be enough so I doubt I would ever need the 7mbps I'm paying for now. Are we being conned yet again? Jam tomorrow
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11:27pm Tue 12 Feb 13

akaroa says...

Conned by BTs advert, i subscribed. Speed is pathetic, my computor will not operate unless directly connected, wires every where, still pathetic. The system is rubbish. Can't wait for my contract to be up so i can kick BT out. utterly disgusted.
Conned by BTs advert, i subscribed. Speed is pathetic, my computor will not operate unless directly connected, wires every where, still pathetic. The system is rubbish. Can't wait for my contract to be up so i can kick BT out. utterly disgusted. akaroa
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1:40am Thu 14 Feb 13

Magicman! says...

Jam tomorrow wrote:
SFB is supposed to be coming to My area but when I enquired to my provider I was told I could have it but it would cost an extra £10 a month. Why?
I am already paying for 'up to 7 mbps' but only get half a meg for my money, BT have done the work with a government grant so what am I paying my provider extra for? 2mbps would be enough so I doubt I would ever need the 7mbps I'm paying for now. Are we being conned yet again?
It's the same in Huntington. On a good day we get 1.2mbps but the contention ratio is terrible, plus there's so many other routers in the area it keeps cutting our signal.
[quote][p][bold]Jam tomorrow[/bold] wrote: SFB is supposed to be coming to My area but when I enquired to my provider I was told I could have it but it would cost an extra £10 a month. Why? I am already paying for 'up to 7 mbps' but only get half a meg for my money, BT have done the work with a government grant so what am I paying my provider extra for? 2mbps would be enough so I doubt I would ever need the 7mbps I'm paying for now. Are we being conned yet again?[/p][/quote]It's the same in Huntington. On a good day we get 1.2mbps but the contention ratio is terrible, plus there's so many other routers in the area it keeps cutting our signal. Magicman!
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