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Losers in broadband lottery


A very good read regarding the state of the broadband lottery at the moment in Britain. Linky


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Last month, Enders Analysis delivered some contentious research that BT has since asked the company to withdraw — even though it is based on BT data. Not only does Enders emphasise “the increased uncertainty of line speed above 2Mbps”, it warns about marketing services as “up to xMbps” to families living three miles from an exchange: “Paying for a service where some customers connect almost four times faster is unlikely to be tolerated by many.” So, two families living three miles apart, but paying the same price for “up to 2Mbps”, might find that the speeds they actually receive differ dramatically ...
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Problem is the capacity is controlled by a telcom monopoly. If the regulators let the cost of capacity drop, then BT would be able to use its muscle to force any LLU competition out of the market. We are suffering pain and capacity issues in broadband at the moment, but its justifiable in terms of the long term structure of the market. The capacity problems are likely to be exassabated by P2P encryption, but if customer expectations of a certain service level cannot be maintained without throttling down customers who use p2p within the advertised T&Cs then either 1, Plusnet are investing too little in their network or 2, The products are sold with higher usage quotas than can be realistically maintained. It may be the way wholesale bandwidth is sold that causes the problem, but the buck ulitmately stops with the provider if services levels are not able to be maintained as advertised.


It seems to me that the objective OFCOM have set regarding LLU is failing miserably. Nowhere near the number of exchanges have an alternative to BT that are needed to start real competition, and then we have the stupidity of some more popular exchanges with multiple LLU suppliers - and the possibility of cable as well.

What is needed is something to push forward there being at least one LLU or cable alternative to BT in every area - artificially keeping BT prices high just ain't working. Perhaps OFCOM should take a percentage of the BT fees to be used to pay subsidies to LLU suppliers for putting the first LLU equipment in to an exchange.
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Reading the article John linked above, can I draw everone's attention to UK Broadband Notspot Survey.

If you can't get broadband visit their website.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
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