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Re: [LUG] Fwd: UK 'misled' on broadband speeds


On 27/07/10 16:53, Gordon Henderson wrote:
On Tue, 27 Jul 2010, Anthony Williams wrote:

On 27/07/10 16:11, Gordon Henderson wrote:
On Tue, 27 Jul 2010, Anthony Williams wrote:

On 27/07/10 13:32, John Williams wrote:
On Tue, 2010-07-27 at 12:58 +0100, Rob Beard wrote:

Are there any better deals around on packages over 100GB-150GB per
that anyone has noticed ?

I use ukonline (http://www.ukonline.co.uk). All their packages are
unlimited usage, and very good value. The only "limit" is their "fair
usage policy",

So not unlimited then...

There is no cap on bytes, and the FUP only caps bandwidth during peak
time (5pm-midnight). This is quite different to other ISPs I've looked
at, which cap bytes as well as bandwidth. Some even have an explicit
byte cap on their "unlimited" tariffs.

It's not unlimited if there is a cap!

If I never used the internet during the evening then I would never be affected by the bandwidth cap under the FUP.

It's impossible for an ISP to provide unlimited data - because BT charge
them for it...

"They get charged" does not equate with "impossible". They could decide that most people won't use too much, and spread the costs.

Interesting. Their website still quotes those numbers, and every other
ISP I spoke to when I signed up (~18 months ago, I think) mentioned
the 50:1 contention. Where can I find more information on this?



Your slowdowns in the evening are caused by their own network, or
interconnect with the BT Wholesale network being inadequate. Very
probably nothing to do with the BT Wholsale network itself.

Why do you think that? The connection here has always been slow in the
evening, even with my previous ISP (onetel, who got bought out by
TalkTalk). The exchange is not unbundled, so it's still a BT line.

It's always been slow because you've always used an oversubscribed ISP.

To get out of that bracket, you need to pay a bit more.

How do I know that I'll get better speeds before signing up? I'd be willing to change ISPs again (and pay more) if it would guarantee faster speeds (my wife likes to watch iPlayer and 4oD in the evening, and complains about the poor bandwidth).

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