Fibre for the local loop! [UK]

Discussion in 'Network questions and troubleshooting' started by aircool, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. aircool

    aircool Don Aircooleone Staff Member

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    Sign it!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/FTTC/petition.html

    Its worth a try.
     
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    meatfestival92 Ancient Guru

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    Don't NTL/Telewest/Virgin use optic fibre? Why aren't there more providers doing this?
     
  3. aircool

    aircool Don Aircooleone Staff Member

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    NTL, Telewest and Virgin are now called Virgin media, no they dont use fibre for cable here.

    Also many providers cant directly afford to lay fibre them selves since BT wont permit it. (Because they're exsisting "network" is under insane load).
     
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    scoutingwraith Ancient Guru

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    Heh i am not in the UK but i signed it. :D
     

  5. mrcrangle

    mrcrangle Master Guru

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    Erm, it'll not be cheap, with BT upgrading all those local exchanges. Bills will rise, and sadly, since BT customers generally won't necessarily be BB users, it'll be the ISP bills that rise :p

    I vote for making Tiscali pay all costs, simply out of them being generally rubbish :D I have one of those knackered old exchanges mesel, but sacking off Tiscali and replacing them with Fast has utterly transformed my BB connection. Cunning choice of ISP ftw :)
     
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    llerenaprincipe Ancient Guru

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    weee
    i'm not from uk tho :p
     
  7. dune2

    dune2 Ancient Guru

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    Virgin Media is in the process of upgrading their network to fibre optic cables. My area was finished two days ago, since then my download speed has increased to 20mbit, or 2.4 MByte/second max download speed. The GRAW2 demo came home in just under 13 minutes. Nice!!!
     
  8. aircool

    aircool Don Aircooleone Staff Member

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    Yeah the network, not the actual cable.
     
  9. scatman839

    scatman839 Ancient Guru

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    What was it before then?

    I had it a while ago, and I always thought it was fibre optics.
     
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    Cadoam Master Guru

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    I say hell yes! Although I don't live in the UK, I think people that are using BT should get Fibre optic cables for sure.
     

  11. theworldisover

    theworldisover Maha Guru

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    here in newyork we have verizon FIOS.

    witch is verizon fiber optic
     
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    Waylander Master Guru

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    I'm waiting for Virgin to double my speed to 20Meg, however that also comes with bandwidth throttling at busy times, which I don't have on my 10meg connection...
    It'll be interesting to see how much throttling actually occurs...
     
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    Jimmy45 Master Guru

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    iv been running virgin 20mb for about 3 months now and the download speeds are excellent, the throttling only occurs between 4pm and midnight and your connection speed goes down to 5mb, but only if you download around 1.5gb between 4pm and midnight, you can download all you want after midnight right up till 4pm.
     
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    Chud Hammer Member Guru

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    thus proving the awesomeness of the Utorrent scheduler...

    But yeah BT do really REALLY need to sort it out, im sure where i live the local cable is at least 20-40 years old. Its crap, and we have to pay the same for services we dont use (like the VoIP phone thing) and the on demand video stuff, becasue our connection is far to slow and unstable. /rant...
     

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