High Speed Broadband

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John H Jones
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I live in rural Shropshire and I have been frustrated for years regarding my broadband speed particularly since BT's Whittington House( A major UK hub) is just a mile from my home. Now the good news, Fibre Optic Broadband has just become available despite BT saying last year that our village was unlikely to receive H.S broadband in the near future. In 2 weeks time my broadband speed will increase from 2mb to somewhere near 38mb at a cost of £ 10 a month extra. A very Happy bunny. John
anthonysaunders
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John, when BT infinity came to Bewdley I was offered the chance to pay for 12 months line rental up front and ended up paying 2 pounds less per month than with total broadband and that's 38Mb!
Might be worth enquiring about.
 
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Mark M
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My studio is in east central London, a stone's throw from Aldgate and a five minute walk from Liverpool St Station.Hardly out in the boondocks. I still have an ADSL connection but want something much faster.  BT Openreach have finally enabled my local exchange for Fibre (FTTC). I've been watching people laying cable, but none in my direction, so I emailed BT asking when my local cabinet was likely to be enabled.  This is the fantastic response I got....

 

"Dear Sir,

Thank you for your enquiry about fibre broadband at Bishopsgate exchange cabinet CL.BIS 27. Our deployment is based on the commercial criteria for each cabinet and your cabinet fails to meet the commercial criteria. This is because the cabinet has too few premise connected to it, rendering it too small to provide a return on the investment based on the costs for the construction and on-going running costs of providing a new FTTC cabinet. When calculating the commercial viability of cabinet areas we take many factors into account. These include ensuring that we locate the cabinets in accordance with all national and local planning laws, ensuring that the cabinet does not obstruct pedestrians or provide a danger to all road-users. We must ensure that the DSLAM is located within 100m of its associated telephony connection cabinet and that there is adequate access to power and existing telephony infrastructure. To further enable the location of the DSLAM, we must accurately survey for underground structure and obstacles etc.

We do look at the demographic nature of the potential customers within a cabinets working area, however, we focus on the amount of connected lines at the time and not the potential expansion within a cabinet area as this is not guaranteed - this is the most efficient way to deploy fibre broadband whilst keeping within our finite budget. As such we look at the potential return for our investment over quite a number of years, with the prospective number of take up of the service being a large percentage of premise.
Please note :- It is not possible to move your service to another cabinet, this is because the telephony network over which fibre broadband runs is bespoke. As such, all premise are served from dedicated distribution points which are connected via their own underground duct network to the telephony cabinets. There are no interconnections that can be utilised to give fibre broadband services between these cabinets, therefore, I'm afraid we technically can't move your service to another cabinet. In addition, it is not Openreach policy to rearrange the network to enable services where they are not currently available, which is what would occur if your service was moved."
 
They'll not be getting a Crystal Mark award for plain English!
 
 
 

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johnpr98
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anthonysaunders wrote:
John, when BT infinity came to Bewdley I was offered the chance to pay for 12 months line rental up front and ended up paying 2 pounds less per month than with total broadband and that's 38Mb!
Might be worth enquiring about.
 
Tony
 
Defefinitely, anyone can pay up front and save 
 
Enjoy your new broadband John
 

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Maxwell
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I use Exlipse broadband and for the past 3 years found them very good.
Tony Carter
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Defefinitely, anyone can pay up front and save

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Johnpr98, I have to pay 'up front' every quarter to BT and I don't see any savingwink

 

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johnpr98
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Your need to dig deeper TC smiley
btw I pay the equivalent of £9.50 a month with Talky Talkers by paying in advance
 
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Line Rental Saver is where you pay a year's line rental in advance. It costs £141 for 12 months in advance, which works out as £11.75 a month. You'll need to set up a Direct Debit to pay any additional charges, such as calls. You'll also need to have paper-free billing (any previous paper-free discount no longer applies).

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steve
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Firstly, i have been on Virgin cable for a long time and generally have no problems. I sympathise with those who do have difficulties with their internet service, particularly where the service is unreliable.
Successive governments have been pushing all sorts of official functions to use predominately web-based communications where those who cannot use them are at a disadvantage. The internet providers are not treated as common carriers like post and PSTN operators, when the comms breakdown, the usual resonse is to blane the internet rather than their own equipment. Similarly they don't seem to be under much of a time penalty to resore a service. We are, however, having to increasingly rely on their services for both official personal and commercial purposes.
John H Jones
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When I mentioned the £ 10 a month increase what that means is a total monthly payment of around £32 which includes line rental. The provider is Talk Talk  and as far as I can see its cheaper that B.T.
johnpr98
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Hi John
 
Does your £32 PCM include anytime calls or any other boosts?
 
If I had the same package as you it would cost me £31 PCM with TT, in other words paying for the line rental in advance covers the cost of my anytime calls + a bit more
 
 

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John H Jones
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John, My Talk Talk  package does not include anytime calls but I am able to make local calls, national calls after 6pm and all day at weekends.  John
johnpr98
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Hi John
 
If you spend less than £5  PCM on landline  calls the "anytime"boost  isn't worth it for your needs
 
Paying your Talk Talk line rental up front will save you money, that is  unless you need to spend as much as possible LOL
 
btw I don't work for Talk Talk yes

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John H Jones
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John, As you thought I do spend less than £ 5 a month on landline calls unlike you with your Katherine Jenkins interests !!   John
johnpr98
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KJ! That was over 3 years ago Mr Jones smiley I plead not guilty M'lud
 
National Trust visits are my main entertainment nowadays, I was at Attingham Park and Cronkhill house  on Friday, nearly on your doorstep

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