We hear in the news that the caps are to be lifted on broadband prices. This will in turn pave the way to higher speed internet access. Promises, but haven’t we heard it all before!
Who is going to benefit? when will we get it? and if we don’t live within the planned rollout areas then will we still have to fund it with higher charges? Short answer “YES” – we hear that even if you are still on Copper or Aluminium to home but Fibre from Exchange to Cabinet then you may be funding the rest of the nation’s upgrade because you are supposedly on Fibre!
Yes we have access to low price internet within the United Kingdom but it all seems a little misleading? We hear about Fibre, High Speed Internet Access, Superfast Fibre broadband. True in a few cities but still millions of us are paying no less and yet we can barely send an email without delays.
Ofcom proudly announce that the Copper network will be replaced but hey! “what about those of us who are still on Aluminium” Yes Aluminium, not even Copper to the house but still paying for Fibre!!!
Our company in the East Riding of Yorkshire has severely lacked the ability to provide some services required while relying on internet technology. The following Internet providers ALL failed to supply the speeds they promised us but they were ALL happy to charge for the higher speed they NEVER gave us. Lucky we were able to prove their failure to provide services sold to us. In turn making those contracts void.
BT, PLUSNET, TALKTALK, SKY, VODAFONE, POST OFFICE
Our advice to you as the consumer is to re-evaluate and compare what your paying. Check your speeds against the promises ISP’s make to you. Check out these sites to check your internet speeds. Openreach, speedtest.net, fast.com, If your speeds don’t coincide with your contract then make a complaint, make them sort it or compensate you.
On the other hand in light of the likely price rises you may need to consider signing up for a longer term fixed price contract to avoid the inevitable price hikes!
As a consequence of broken promises we have thrown in the towel with land based Broadband Services. We have now started beta testing the SpaceX Starlink Satellite Broadband Service. Presently approximately 1’000 low flying Satellites are offering High Speed Internet with latency close to comparable to Fibre based products. The system is still in it’s infancy and not without it’s issues however we have achieved speeds between an average of 50-180mbps with a one time high of 680mbps. The SpaceX plan is to increase the orbiting satellites from 1’000-40’000 satellites within the next few years. Only yesterday a further 60 satellites were sent into Space and what’s amazing is that we can view these from an App so if the connection drops out for a few seconds we anticipate when coming back again.