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    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 16th Jun 17, 11:57 AM
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    ampersand
    Post office replacing fuel broadband. Other options?
    • #1
    • 16th Jun 17, 11:57 AM
    Post office replacing fuel broadband. Other options? 16th Jun 17 at 11:57 AM
    As above.

    To set scene, living in a known notspot, rural flatland, but village-y, within 20 miles of both Newmarket and Cambridge.

    Connections and comms are always arduous. Either switch desktop on and hope for 40 mins or more and several attempts, OR drive out with mobile, which often becomes orchestral with number of catching up Ting!s.

    Started with Primus, way back when mse recommended them
    They became PlanetTalk, then Fuel Broadband.
    They are now finished, sold off and migrating accounts to the cheaply sold-off Post Office.

    Should I be concerned? Change?

    Thoughtful advice will be appreciated. Thankyou.
    I do not live online, have no desire to do so, but still use i/net. ems, most days.

    Such, now, is Life:-)
    Last edited by ampersand; 21-06-2017 at 11:58 AM.
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    • Blackjack Davy
    • By Blackjack Davy 16th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
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    Blackjack Davy
    • #2
    • 16th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
    • #2
    • 16th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
    If you're in a known TalkTalk LLU area the Post Office is fine, otherwise avoid like a plague. It used to be fine once upon a time but since they switched to the TT network everyone who isn't on it is screwed. Check your exchange with SamKnows

    Source: personal experience with my mothers phone line.
    Blessed are the geeks, for they shall inherit the Internet.
    • S0litaire
    • By S0litaire 16th Jun 17, 2:44 PM
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    • #3
    • 16th Jun 17, 2:44 PM
    • #3
    • 16th Jun 17, 2:44 PM
    Depends on how desperate you're needing Internet access.

    Could go via Satelite Broadband:
    http://avonlinebroadband.com/choose-your-package/choose-tooway-home/

    Or depending on local planning (and weird local preservation group rules about adding things to village buildings!) You could look into a 3/4G mast+ antenna and then use mobile broadband.



    But best bet do the usual broadband recommendation sites and contact the best regional providers directly to see if they have any options to help you out...

    Depending on your area you might be able to get help fitting equipment to get the basic 2Mb link the Government is required to provide to rural areas.
    http://www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com
    &
    https://www.countybroadband.co.uk/
    Laters

    Sol

    "Have you found the secrets of the universe? Asked Zebade "I'm sure I left them here somewhere"
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 21st Jun 17, 11:53 AM
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    • #4
    • 21st Jun 17, 11:53 AM
    • #4
    • 21st Jun 17, 11:53 AM
    Apologies for late thanks. Nothing showed up until now.
    #
    Have just checked
    Broadband availability overview[from the SamKnows site]

    ADSL: Yes
    SDSL: No
    LLU services: Yes
    Cable: No
    Wireless: No


    BT Wholesale information
    ADSL status: Enabled as of 12/01/2005
    ADSL Max status: Enabled as of 31/03/2006
    SDSL status: Not available
    21CN WBC status: Enabled
    FTTC status: Available in some areas
    FTTP status: Not available


    Wireless broadband availability
    Please use broadband checker section for Wireless availability- which gives:
    Summary of results for CB259DS at 11:54 21/06/2017
    Congratulations, you are in a broadband enabled area.
    The following services are available in your location:
    • BT Wholesale ADSL
    • BT Wholesale ADSL Max
    • BT Wholesale WBC (21CN)
    • BT FTTC
    • TalkTalk (CPW) LLU
    • Sky Broadband
    • Edge LLU

    Please select the options on the left for more information about broadband availability at your location.



    Cable Broadband Availability
    Virgin Media: Not available


    Who are all of these providers?
    Spotted an error? Let us know


    Location Map

    Zoom Map

    LLU operator presence
    Edge Telecom: Enabled as of 15/09/2004
    Entanet: Not available
    Fluency: Not available
    KC (Kingston): Not available
    Timico Partners: Not available
    Node4: Not available
    Orbital: Not available
    Origin Broadband: Not available
    Redcentric: Not available
    Rutland Telecom: Not available
    Sky: Enabled
    Spectrum: Not available
    TalkTalk (CPW): Enabled
    Vodafone: Not available
    WB Internet: Not available
    Zen Internet: Not available
    Cable Broadband Availability
    Virgin Media: Not available

    #

    To reiterate, connectivity drops and lacks here, worsening all the time, affect mains and battery radios, mobile, landline, desktop.
    Does any of that data mean anything to anyone?

    Virgin was suggested as 'decent', but they do not offer a service here.
    Last edited by ampersand; 21-06-2017 at 11:57 AM.
    CAP[UK]for FREE EXPERT DEBT&BUDGET HELP:01274 760720, freephone0800 328 0006
    'People don't want much. They want: "Someone to love, somewhere to live, somewhere to work and something to hope for."
    Norman Kirk, NZLP- Prime Minister, 1972
    ***JE SUIS CHARLIE***
    'It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere' François-Marie AROUET


    • letsbehonest
    • By letsbehonest 25th Jun 17, 11:50 AM
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    • #5
    • 25th Jun 17, 11:50 AM
    • #5
    • 25th Jun 17, 11:50 AM
    And in the world of plain speak!
    "Imagination is more Important than knowledge"
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 25th Jun 17, 11:56 AM
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    • #6
    • 25th Jun 17, 11:56 AM
    • #6
    • 25th Jun 17, 11:56 AM
    You have BT, Edge, Sky or Talktalk as options for your ISP.

    You have ADSL but you also have fibre (FTTC). Personally I'd try a fibre option as up to the local street cabinet it'll be using fibre won't be using the old BT copper cable network so doesn't suffer the degredation and noise issues the copper cable does. Whilst you may not get the best fibre speeds you should get a far more stable connection as your connection to the internet over copper phone lines will effectively just be from your house to the street cabinet and not your house to the nearest BT exchange as it currently is.
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 25th Jun 17, 12:11 PM
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    another casualty
    • #7
    • 25th Jun 17, 12:11 PM
    • #7
    • 25th Jun 17, 12:11 PM
    Apologies for late thanks. Nothing showed up until now.
    #
    Have just checked
    Broadband availability overview[from the SamKnows site]

    ADSL: Yes
    SDSL: No
    LLU services: Yes
    Cable: No
    Wireless: No


    BT Wholesale information
    ADSL status: Enabled as of 12/01/2005
    ADSL Max status: Enabled as of 31/03/2006
    SDSL status: Not available
    21CN WBC status: Enabled
    FTTC status: Available in some areas
    FTTP status: Not available


    Wireless broadband availability
    Please use broadband checker section for Wireless availability- which gives:
    Summary of results for CB259DS at 11:54 21/06/2017
    Congratulations, you are in a broadband enabled area.
    The following services are available in your location:
    • BT Wholesale ADSL
    • BT Wholesale ADSL Max
    • BT Wholesale WBC (21CN)
    • BT FTTC
    • TalkTalk (CPW) LLU
    • Sky Broadband
    • Edge LLU

    Please select the options on the left for more information about broadband availability at your location.



    Cable Broadband Availability
    Virgin Media: Not available


    Who are all of these providers?
    Spotted an error? Let us know


    Location Map

    Zoom Map

    LLU operator presence
    Edge Telecom: Enabled as of 15/09/2004
    Entanet: Not available
    Fluency: Not available
    KC (Kingston): Not available
    Timico Partners: Not available
    Node4: Not available
    Orbital: Not available
    Origin Broadband: Not available
    Redcentric: Not available
    Rutland Telecom: Not available
    Sky: Enabled
    Spectrum: Not available
    TalkTalk (CPW): Enabled
    Vodafone: Not available
    WB Internet: Not available
    Zen Internet: Not available
    Cable Broadband Availability
    Virgin Media: Not available

    #

    To reiterate, connectivity drops and lacks here, worsening all the time, affect mains and battery radios, mobile, landline, desktop.
    Does any of that data mean anything to anyone?

    Virgin was suggested as 'decent', but they do not offer a service here.
    Originally posted by ampersand
    Looking at that ..is possible to go for Bt or sky ? If so, you may get a good deal,even change mobile phone contract .
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 25th Jun 17, 12:11 PM
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    Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • #8
    • 25th Jun 17, 12:11 PM
    • #8
    • 25th Jun 17, 12:11 PM
    Get some flags, learn semaphore and be done with it!

    Sometimes though it is better to go with BT and ignore comments. Plum in here and it should give you a guaranteed minimum speed.

    http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/broadband-packages/?s_intcid=con_hpni_pns_bbpkgs

    Just checked on uswitch. You should get at least 17mbs. Don't go for cheapest, these are often limited, especially when busy. Try Vodafone as well. They do not charge for landline.

    If you only connect using wireless, your connections are always carp. Use Ethernet to router on pc.
    Last edited by Blackbeard of Perranporth; 25-06-2017 at 12:21 PM.
    Your thoughts fade
    As you shake between the fags
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 25th Jun 17, 12:55 PM
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    Gloomendoom
    • #9
    • 25th Jun 17, 12:55 PM
    • #9
    • 25th Jun 17, 12:55 PM
    This link will tell you exactly what is possible for your line...

    https://www.btwholesale.com/includes/adsl/adsl.htm?s_cid=ws_furls_adslchecker
    Advice; it rhymes with mice. Advise; it rhymes with wise.
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 26th Jun 17, 12:05 PM
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    ampersand
    Thanlyou all for latest input, only popped up a little while ago.

    [Current woes - cannot complete DFDS bookinj and ''next'' persistently fails.]
    more than 20 recent days tries from mob., from &squat, from desktop. Nothing new here.]

    Unfortunately, my 2 reply attempts were wiped. No more time for this today.

    Again, Thankyou for now.
    #
    Indeed, bop - flags and semaphore recalled from NZ Brownies....
    CAP[UK]for FREE EXPERT DEBT&BUDGET HELP:01274 760720, freephone0800 328 0006
    'People don't want much. They want: "Someone to love, somewhere to live, somewhere to work and something to hope for."
    Norman Kirk, NZLP- Prime Minister, 1972
    ***JE SUIS CHARLIE***
    'It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere' François-Marie AROUET


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