* Posts by slackshoe

6 posts • joined 30 Sep 2009

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)


Re: 24mbps wasn't even superfast in 2008.

Is that like when the government "can't afford" to fund the NHS or the Police, but can find a few billion down the back of the couch for the DUP or to bomb some muslims?

Having worked for a couple of companies that have contracted BT, I'm quite well aware of how ridiculously wealthy they are, and how much money they're happy to waste paying engineers to twiddle their thumbs while waiting for paperwork to approve requests. They could have been planning a full fibre rollout a long time ago. The simple reasons why they haven't are manager bonuses, shareholders, and good old profiteering. Instead we've got a stopgap (FTTC) and now a stopgap for the stopgap (g.fast). Other countries are laughing at us, they can't believe how poor our broadband is.


24mbps wasn't even superfast in 2008.

Now imagine if they'd been rolling out FTTP for the last 10 years like they should have been.

The 95% goal is a bit like when they tout the latest unemployment rate or household income. There's still entire rural and suburban areas that are woefully neglected for broadband. And will be for a good while longer.

Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective


Re: UK Fibre Optic Distribution: It beggars belief@ Tony Green

You are aware that prior to BT being privatised, they were planning a national fibre network for TV & phone a la Blueyonder, Virgin etc?

The plans were thrown out post privatisation because they were scared of becoming a monopoly. (I know, lol)

Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble


Re: You can check in anytime but you can never leave...

>They will accept an initial e-mail instruction but insist on talking to you in person..

Like most other companies offering subscription services then?

>They will only, and I mean only, talk to the named account holder you cannot delegate to any one else.

Because of a little thing called the data protection act.

>They want to know why you want to leave. repeatedly..

Like any other company with strong competition.

>Transferring the account to another name restarts a new twelve month lock-in

You can't transfer a Sky account to another person. You have to set up a new account, that's why.

Vodafone Music has disastrous relaunch

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Agreed about Vodafone's website.

It is an utter mess. Impossible to find anything you're looking for on there.


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