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    BT Boss Has Broadband At Home [But He Is The Only One In The Village]

    I do not live in a village but if I did I would not be happy about this news:

    BT Boss Has Only Broadband Home

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    I read that!! I like his excuse, "I'm just testing out new technology" of course you are!!

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    Er, Telecoms Company ensures chairman has decent access for remote working because, y'know, he's their boss? If it wasn't broadband, they'd be paying for a leased line. If he lived in the outback, it'd be a satellite connection.

    What next? "Residents upset that pub landlord has access to a selection of fine spirits after hours"? "Annoyed residents complain because newsagent always gets to read the paper first"?

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    What is annoying about this is that if he were not living in that house in that village broadband would not be delivered to that house. The reason for not getting broadband into the village would typically be that it was uneconomic or too far from the exchange or, well you choose the many reasons which have been trotted out for not getting broadband to outlying areas. What it comes down to is that it can't be done [unless it suits]

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    But why is it annoying? It almost certainly is uneconomic (ie it's maybe costing thousands to install the test equipment but he's not paying personally so the cost is not an issue)

    Loads of companies spend money on getting new stuff to their own employees before the general public gets them. I'd guess BT is trying out some new kit that will get ADSL down poor lines. If they just said to everyone in the village "here you go, new broadband supply" and it then turned out to be rubbish, there'd be much more reason to complain!

    If everyone was prepared to pay (say) £100 a month for broadband then we could probably have better broadband everywhere - companies would be jumping at the chance to get that sort of money. When everyone wants broadband at < £10 a month (and wants totally unlimited download) then there's little incentive for companies to put in new fibre to every street or to invest in the research to get signals down the existing, poor quality copper.

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    He could at least set up a wireless access point for his neighbours

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    He could at least set up a wireless access point for his neighbours
    And maybe that is what BT should have done rather than just saying no to the residents. They could have even creamed in some cash off their trial

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    If I lived in one of the neighbouring villages I might try to think of a way to get my broadband to them... long range wifi or something

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