ComputerBits in Chapel comments about local Broadband
Today we were asked by a local organisation if we thought there was any point in campaigning to get the Local Authorities to fight to get faster Broadband in the area, and that it had been suggested this might be possible. It seems this was spurred by some residents of Combs, who use Broadband for business and would like a faster connection.
Now of course we would all like superfast connection, but the issues seemed to us to be:
What do they want to do that they cannot do now ? We for example have a 2Mb basic connection as the main supply to our business, (we do have a secondary connection but it is not usually used except for testing purposes) on this we run an internet based business, connecting a Server and eight or nine PCs, two or three laptops, up to 4 customers PCs at any time plus two or three smartphones, an in-house email server, an IP camera/surveillance system, a free-hotspot access point for public use, and a VOIP/IP telephony system. But yes sometimes things do slow down when my daughter gets home from school and starts trying to watch TV online.
This highlights what to me is the point everyone overlooks, it is not “business use” that needs fast broadband but use of online TV, Instant Movie viewing (Netflix etc) and on-line gaming, plus to a lesser extent Apps like Facebook where photos are uploaded. These are clearly less business and more consumer recreation uses.
What is it they want done to achieve “faster broadband”? If you examine our local exchange,
you will see it is certainly not in the vanguard of high speed internet technology, and is lagging behind many BT exchanges in terms of modernisation. Perhaps there is a case here for urging BT push us a bit higher up their upgrade list, we have not yet been upgraded to their 21C network, which would perhaps enable FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) or even FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) to be made available.
BUT and the BIG BUT here is that there are available faster connections, even with current local technology, ordinary connections are available at up to 18Mb (download – it is ADSL!). Part of the grumble is that “Fed*** M**** have a “quick connection” and so do the local schools” well yes they probably have dedicated Ethernet connections, (we checked out a local “corporate” who indeed have 10Mb ethernet at “over £300 per month), you too can have these, all you have to do is pay a couple of thousand for the installation and £3/400 per month thereafter. If you want that please come and see us.
Another issue is of course the “Up To”, when I talk about 18mbs connections, you need to locate your premises next door to the exchange, if you happen to be in Combs with a long old dodgy phone line well you will probably only get a couple of Meg, (hey thats what we get by on!), this is regardless of which Service Provider you use. We deal with users in Peak Forest, Flash and suchlike who get 512k Broadband and their option is that, or go back to “dial-up”, or perhaps like a user we dealt with even father “out in the sticks” pay £1000 per month for Satellite, which is frankly not very good anyway. To put it simply “you get what you pay for” and in the current financial circumstances it seems unlikely to me that the Local Council will chip in to get us something better.
We are located in the Market Place and are happy to discuss your individual situation with regard to internet connection, taking into account all possibilities from leased line, to normal phone lines and even Cellular ADSL, just call in and ask, but please don’t expect to pay £6.50 a month and get fast reliable no limits connection with backup and support.