UK Culture Secretary Will Push Broadband Need for SpeedAdded: Monday, August 27th, 2012
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Jeremy Hunt has promised that the United Kingdom will have the fastest broadband network across Europe in three years. The commitment in question was announced in east London where Culture Secretary told broadband industry representatives that in order to be the best, they will need to be the fastest. Jeremy Hunt said the announcement wasn’t only about being the best overall, but about being the best in fast broadband of any European country, although the UK “may already be there”.
In response, Labour claimed that the statement was one-sided, focusing on speed instead of access. Actually, this announcement was met with mixed reactions from the local broadband observers. For instance, Julia Stent from uSwitch.com welcomed the Secretary’s enthusiasm but warned there was still a great way to go before the United Kingdom is where it should be. According to the statistics, 30% postcodes have broadband download speeds below 3 Mbps. 20% of British postcodes still suffer from broadband speeds below 2 Mbps.
The problem is that Hunt’s tunnel-vision emphasis on average speed only addresses levels of demand from users for faster connections, but not on rural areas. In fact, many areas still lack good coverage, and although existing in the age of fibre optics, they remain “pitifully slow”.
In the meantime, it was announced that the town of Chipping Norton in West Oxfordshire would get fast broadband access via Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology, courtesy of Cotsolds Broadband – the likes of which are able to provide the Internet to communities outside of urban centers.
Earlier in 2012, the UK government was slammed for scrapping the Communications Green Paper, which tried to address maximizing value of broadband spectrum. Thus far, Shadow Minister Helen Goodman admitted that scrapping the consultation revealed the Coalition’s lack of direction in communications policy.
However, the Lords communications committee report said that the Coalition’s plans were misguided. It said that the delivery of certain speeds shouldn’t be the main principle. Instead, the important part is the long term assurance that when new online applications emerge, everybody will be able to benefit – from inhabitants of inner cities to the remotest areas of the country.
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Monday, August 27th, 2012
|posted by (2012-08-27 15:01:42)|
|whats the point is this when most in the UK are bitching about throttling and caps?|
|Finally! So sick of paying twice as much a my friend and getting 1/4 the speed he does..|
@clamo - Depends on your ISP, I'm with Orange (Unlimited and No Fair Use Policy) and had no problems what so ever..
|posted by (2012-08-27 19:03:09)|
|@NorrinRadd: a state above me with the same cable isp, they change $30 for 100megs speeds and I have to pay $99. and thru the same dsl provider in a lot of states have a cap were other states still don't. IMO it don't matter what they say every ISP around the world besides JAP is messed up. so what will probably happen is they will make you @ some point pay even more than your friend pays for the same speeds. it will probably be on a promo for a wile just to entice ppl to switch and then jack up the rates.|
|posted by (2012-08-27 19:30:22)|
|hi all we see hear the failure of past govenments to put BT to task for there complet waste of monies sitting back taking our money for a service that was put in place in the 1900 century now they are playing catch up to the likes of virgin (ntl) and the like and we have pay over the odds for the service thats below par.. instead of bitching get the finger out send your MP an email and tell him to fix the capping thing or he can get another job and you will put some else in his place to do the job he`s paid well for and not doing|
all we want is the service we deserve for the monies we pay
|posted by (2012-08-27 20:56:00)|
|i use sky in the uk and there only isp in uk that does give you true unlimited usage not like bt and the others...|
but i do agree whats the point of more speed if they will cap people for over usage, pointless if you ask me...
|posted by (2012-08-27 22:16:30)|
|I use Virgin Media and have for years and my speed has now been doubled upto 100meg and when they throttle at peak times I still get roughly 50meg but who gives a shit I knew this when I signed up that Bandwidth got strangled, still can DL shed loads, as much as I like in other words. So I`m not to bothered about throttling. For those with Sky are the ones struggling with 3meg (copper wires), its what I was getting when I mistakenly joined Sky cos they supposedly offered me a better deal until I got my first bill, so I went back to Virgin (fibre optic). When I had 4 computers on the go with Sky, the computer with the best wireless stole all the bandwidth but with Virgin I could possibly now run 20+ computers without robbing bandwidth. BT are catching up with Infinity but not available where I am.|
Finally I don`t need all this speed I`m just a home user like most of us,but Lord is it fast,10Mbs+ DL speed. WOW! and still at 5Mbs.
|posted by (2012-08-28 10:52:09)|
|I keep seeing everywhere comments about caps, fair use etc.. Out of curiosity, how common is it ? In which countries is it the norm ? (and how much do you have to pay for an uncapped connection without fair use ?)|
Here (France) there is not a single ISP who have caps (except for internet by satellite) - the norm is uncapped - I think it's because it wasn't established in the beginning, and now it would be commercial suicide for an ISP to put caps in place - people would choose another provider. And about the price : the norm is about 30€ - 35€ (38-44 usd) a month for unlimited internet + unlimited phone + tv. (For the speed : the price doesn't change - you get the maximum speed available for your area - with DSL it's up to 28 Mega (ATM) - with fiber optic it's 100 Mega)
How is it in your country ? Capped or not ? How much does it cost ?
|posted by (2012-08-28 19:11:21)|
|virgin and sky best in uk end of..and think most cap/restrict at some time but like said b4 still wont really affect it just might add a few extra mins on dload time but thats just my point of view?||
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