Nope, no fibre for me

I’ve had it confirmed to me by BT that the cabinet, my phone line is connected to, is not on the upgrade plan to FTTC. Nor are there any plans to upgrade it to FTTC in the near future. What I think this means is that BT either can’t or won’t upgrade the cabinet.

I don’t see them doing it anytime soon, so I will be stuck with a slow ADSL connection for the foreseeable and long term future.

There also doesn’t seem to be any real alternative either.

Ah well….

2 Replies to “Nope, no fibre for me”

  1. Same situation for me, James – I don’t have the luxury of very high bandwidth available to me all day, and typically find contention with neighbours being as much of a challenge as finding a free and reliable wifi channel.

    You are a well travelled man with a wealth of experience and knowledge, but with a higher service bandwidth available than others, maybe you have become accustomed to high degree of service bandwidth that is not necessarily available to the masses. Do you think being on this ‘slow’ connection will alter your view of how others may be coping (or not) with differing connection speeds, and the strategies you might adopt in the workplace to provide reasonable Internet access for all?

    1. I had fibre for less than two years, before then I had a really slow ADSL connection and before then I relied on a 56Kbps modem. It’s true I did change how I used my internet connection once I got fibre, however I am now going back to the way I used the internet when I just had slow ADSL.

      I have always considered that most of the learners in my college would have slow connections despite the availability of 100Mbps cable connections in Gloucester and Cheltenham. We could never assume that this was the norm. This has been compounded since our merger with the Royal Forest of Dean college where rural broadband means that many of our learners have very poor or non-existent connections. As a result my view was that anything we did online was a bonus to learners, the accepted model for access was that the learner could physically come into college. Where a course demanded a high online element then good broadband was written in as a pre-requisite.

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