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Fiber Optic plan down the Sewer

Sewer DuctGoing down the sewer is a shitty business, quite literally. However a partnership between fiber telecommunications provider i3 Group and Wessex Water was going to at least provide the sewer system with high speed Internet. Specifically they planned on using the sewer system to roll out at a quite cost effective rate, fiber optical communication systems. The trial that was looking to start in Bournmouth however that has been cancelled.

Wessex Water has stated that they have withdrawn from the proposed plan as the plan was not really in their financial interest or benefit. BT on the other hand have agreed to open up its network of ducts to allow competitors access to roll out their own networks. Something tells me this may be more to threats from industrial regulators than BT being good natured.

In response i3 Group has indicated that they think Wessex Water has been short sighted in rejecting the plan which would benefit albeit indirectly their own customers. Many companies, including Virgin media are looking for alternative ways to roll out services. Virgin recently developed a proof of concept over electrical poles system.

Wessex Water on the other hand have said that they are still open to negotiations and proposals from other firms that seems to be more in their financial interest so at least they are not outright rolling out the idea of cooperation with fiber roll out which should be encouraged at all levels.

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Yet Another BT Price Rise [YABTPR]…

BT Logo Just when you thought that value for money was poor in the telecoms industry, especially in reference to the hated British Telecom, BT go and put the price up. That’s right, another hike in the cost of service from one of the worst telecoms companies in the world.

Last year we transferred our phone line to Sky after a year of being on contractual BT. £11 a month for a phone line that sits there and brings in an adsl connection is quite extreme considering you then need to actually pay for the adsl to be installed on the line.

When you consider that Internet voice systems can be as low as free with services such as skype, and even land line based voip solutions can exist for as little as just £5 a month it really does make you question, What are you paying for with BT line rental?

Apparently people whom are on benefits get a “special” price package, of £13.50  with £4.50 a month call allowance. So compared against their base package, for the average no cable broadband user is it really much difference ?

BT has some of the most draconian regulations I’ve ever came across in dealing with corporations and I’m proud to admit , I’m no longer a BT Customer, technically It was my partner before and before that my parents so i can say with an even cheesier grin, I’ve never been a BT Customer. Nor do I plan to be one if i can help it.

BT needs to seriously revise its strategies, roll out super fast fiber optics to every home in the uk and have a flat rate cheap line rental for broadband users (£5 at most). Doing this might actually win it public support and customers.

So when your approaching the end of your mandatory period with BT for installing of a new line, perhaps you should consider the alternatives such as Virgin, Talk Talk and Gradwell or Skype for VoIP service. Each of these can provide you with an interesting service that will almost certainly save you money.

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High speed everywhere but here.

Internet CablesNot 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!