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And here's what readers have to say:
What will it take? More money and for BT to get off its backside and roll out the tech - or be made to share the tech now, not when they feel like it?
When BT realises that more people will take up broadband if the price is lower and if it offers a great service then it's got nothing to worry about.
If it stops being greedy, then that might happen - but I won't be holding my breath
The recent price reductions will seem attractive to a few more people, but it is still a massive leap from the standard rates for access to the phone network, circa £9, to the mid-twenties.
While the speed benefits would be welcome, entering into a contract that is about 300% greater than one's current contract will make most people stop and think. It will take them a while before they can think up enough reasons to fork out the extra money, especially if some of the decision makers within families do not use the Internet.
At this moment in time, I could probably talk myself into paying about £15. Looks like I won't be using broadband for a while yet.
ADSL is what we want - and at around £25 a month is "highly" desirable - but it will never get to me in my semi-remote Highland glen (only 11 miles from Inverness)... unless a provider gets serious with wireless. And what happened to BT's idea of using phone boxes?
But wait! There are more issues than obvious here...
ISDN is a (very limited) substitute that is being forgotten - but check the pricing! Ludicrous! Not broadband bandwidth, but digital and much better than modem, but higher installation, higher monthly cost, and call charges on top! Oh, I almost forgot: it's much more widely available... a cynical person might link these facts (high availability and high cost...).
And Home Highway is even more available and desirable for "remote" users with dodgy lines (myself included), giving a 64k digital channel and a second phone line to allow the household to chat and surf together. But this too suffers from the same higher installation costs, higher monthly costs, and call charges as ISDN (over ADSL that is!).
So yes, push for ADSL to remote areas, but please, please could someone get BT to recognise that the existing, tried and tested digital ISDN/Home Highway lines are a valid, much more widely available stepping stone, and get them to reprice them in relation to ADSL!
While BT is partly to blame, there should be some thought to why other providers are not competing. Part of the problem is that the cable TV companies have targeted lower-income households in areas of higher population density. This means that those in higher-income households who can afford the high-speed cable modem are just those who can't access them.
The result for the cable companies is a skew to the apparent market potential. To get the cable customers interested there needs to be a suitable supply to create a demand in that group of customers.
What will it take? A bloody miracle.
I live 18 miles from Cambridge, three miles from the A1 at Sandy, am a software developer with 18 years' experience and have no possibility of broadband connection!
NTL has no cable coverage.
BT simply repeats the tired old mantra that the exchange isn't DSL-enabled.
There is no wireless option and satellite is either absurdly expensive or has crippling download limits.
Worst of all, you cant even get 128lb ISDN on an unmetered basis.
Broadband Britain - what a sick joke!