Advantages Broadband can lead to........
Disadvantages ......broad arse. The ADSL 'assault course' to getting connected
I only intend this opinion to cover the options available, using my own experience as a previous dial-up and subsequently as a broadband customer for background. What it is NOT, is an endorsement of one company’s service.WHAT’S AVALABLE?
Basically, there are two main types of broadband service. Probably the most common is ADSL, the Asymmetric Digital Services Line, so called because its download speed is faster than its upload speed, hence ‘asymmetric’. They worked out a while back, that unless you run an Internet server from home, a slower upload speed was of little consequence, except for e-mail file attachments (and pictures for Ciao opinions!).Secondly, you can also get service through a cable TV supplier, limited normally to NTL and Telewest. Despite the difference in medium, this is still asymmetric. For example, my Telewest soon-to-be-upgraded 1.5 mbit broadband 'only' has a 256kbit upload speed.
There are one or two other means, one of which is to have incoming broadband via satellite, whilst the upload side remains firmly analogue via your telephone line – you’d need a proper up-link dish to be able to make this a two-way process, quite possibly several yards across! That would give the planners down at the Civic Centre something to get their teeth into!CAN I GET IT?
The basic problem is that both Cable TV providers and ADSL providers tend to serve the same part of the population, i.e. those either in an urban environment, or at least those who live within so many kilometres of an ADSL equipped exchange. Basically, as far as they are concerned, if you live in the middle of nowhere, AND miles from an exchange, you’re no concern of theirs. It’s always been the same with emerging technology – to kick your service into profitability as quickly as possible, you aim for population centres. Don’t forget, there are people in valleys that can’t even get analogue TV yet, let alone digital, and remember how long it took before cell-phone coverage stretched beyond London/Birmingham and motorways.GETTING ADSL – Firstly, ADSL requires that you have a BT (unless in Hull) line, even if you make your calls via another means. Then you have to ascertain whether your local exchange is equipped for ADSL. Most of the ISPs, Freeserve for example, have an exchange checker on their websites. If this ‘OKs’ your initial check, fine. As a poor relation, it may also come back and give you a date for when BT estimate to have the exchange equipped, or, if you’re REALLY unlucky, you may get the news that your exchange is waiting for its economic threshold to be crossed. This effectively means that BT needs to see a big enough statement of intent from users (500 I think) to make it worth their while – think if it as getting a petition up.
Then, having not fallen at the first or second fences, comes the ‘Canal Turn’ of this particular National event; establishing whether you are ‘within limits’ vis-à-vis distance from the exchange. If you only need the basic 512kbit service, then a 5.
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