Delivering super-fast broadband in the UK - Interactive Executive Summary

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The desire for operators to offer ever faster services, and for customers to use the applications or services this speed supports, shows no sign of reducing. We are now on the cusp of a new and potentially more fundamental development – the move to ‘super-fast’ or very high speed broadband. These services will deliver significant improvement to users’ broadband experience through higher bandwidths, a better balance between downloading and uploading speeds, and more reliable, higher quality services.


Eur Ing A.M.Gordon on 23 September 2008 at 8:24am

Two points:-
1) The expected speed, given distance from the exchange, should be quoted when one places the order and before confirming it.

2) Given that there is always a download limit, an isp-supplied way of monitoring should be made available to the customer.

Lindsey Annison on 24 September 2008 at 3:50am

Some operators are more concerned about sweating the copper asset (in their shareholders' interest) than with offering the speeds consumers and this country actually require in this day and age.

mike Kiely on 24 September 2008 at 10:08am

More speed does not mean better quality. Yes to more speed, but we must have more than 'best effort' if we are to support a multi-media communications service over the internet today.

In order to continue to explore and extend the use of the Internet we need all access methods tuned to get the most out of the available connectivity.

We need to start with total transparency of the composition of existing Broadband services.

Andy Millar on 24 September 2008 at 3:16pm

It is not the ISP's that are driving higher and higher bandwidth use, it's us, the customers, who require superfast bandwidth. A normal family now has the requirement to support many bandwidth hungry family members and the current speeds are simply not sufficient.
Rural areas are also suffering from a lack of media services, with poor digital TV coverage, no 3G coverage etc so the introduction of superfast BB means that SKY/Virgin will begin to see some competition as well as allowing mobile networks to roll out their 3G networks quicker to all of us.

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