Not too many years ago many of us were sitting starting at our 56kbps modems wondering if this dial up was the one that would get us connected. I remember the day when broadband was finally rolled out to my village, I was hung over and slept through most of the event.
My freind’s dad worked with BT and he had informed me they had actually done the work weeks before but just had not got around to turning it on yet. How typical of BT. Well that day i was very excited at my first 512kbps connection it seemed unimaginablly fast.
Several years on and the technology has clearly improved, i now am sitting on one of Virgin’s 50Mbps cable connections, and like that first day of broadband, this too seems extremely fast in comparition to my previous connection, a Sky Max 20Mbps connection which acted more like 8Mbps!
It seems however no matter where I go I just cant get the optimal service, I moved here to a nice cable network area, and it turns out that not far away, they are testing out the 100Mbps service. The Virgin installer did hint to me that the trials were going well and they may be looking at rolling out nationally this year! Of course, now we’re looking at moving house so naturally i’ll undoubtedly end up outside the virgin network again.
Now I find that surveys, which may or may not be entirely trustworthy support rolling out fiber optical connections to the rural areas which once again means i’ll end up being the last one to get connected.
62 per cent of adults would like the UK government to deploy super-fast internet services in the countryside
This may be so but of that 62 per cent, how many came from the countryside, and how many of them were asked in a leading way? Would they have voted equally if the question had been reversed such that the question was in support of rolling out fiber to properties in big cities first?
Well no matter where I am, as long as I have broadband i’ll be happy. When we do move its likely to be on the edge of the city also so perhaps we will be lucky this time.