[GLLUG] (OT) ISP advice please

Christopher Hunter cehunter at gb-x.org
Sat Feb 27 14:15:19 UTC 2016

Going on the experiences of my neighbours, Virgin (on the ridiculous) 
should be avoided at all costs.  Trivial faults take weeks to fix (if 
they're ever fixed at all), and their pricing is bizarre.  They also 
have their infamous, arbitrary "fair use" policy:  If you download about 
a distro's worth of data in one go, your rate is cut to dial-up speeds 
for at least 24 hours to punish you!

When cable was introduced around here (in the early 80s) we had Cable 
Camden.  There have been successive take-overs (Cable London, Telewest 
and finally Virgin) and in each instance, quality of service 
deteriorated, prices increased, and the proportion of households that 
were connected progressively diminished.  Cable Camden had over 95% of 
households, Virgin have about 8%!

I'd recommend A&A like everyone else around here seems to!


On 27/02/16 12:54, Andrew Solomon wrote:
> I'm currently using ADSL and it's pretty flaky. More so over the last 
> month with the blame bouncing between the ISP, BT and the property 
> owner without any clear action for me - the renter - to take.
> I'm now wondering what my options are. Should I consider cable, fibre 
> or resort to wireless? I don't need much bandwidth, but I'd really 
> like a static IP address.
> Any advice would be very much appreciated. If you've been in a similar 
> situation and just want to vent your spleen that's ok too, just as 
> long as you don't use too many swear words:)
> -- 
> Andrew Solomon
> Mentor at Geekuni http://geekuni.com/
> http://www.linkedin.com/in/asolomon
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