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    Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    Customers need minimum guaranteed speeds and info about peak-time slowdowns.
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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    Long overdue! I wonder how it's measured - minimum speed to one speed checker (that the ISP knows and can give priority to over other traffic) isn't the same as the speed you'll get to useful sites

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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    Quote Originally Posted by Xlucine View Post
    Long overdue! I wonder how it's measured - minimum speed to one speed checker (that the ISP knows and can give priority to over other traffic) isn't the same as the speed you'll get to useful sites
    And therein lies the problem! The only speed that the ISP can guarantee or has any control over is the speed of the connection to their internet gateway. Using something like speedcheck is pointless because there are too many variables. It will be line speed that will be guaranteed.
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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    My line has worsened in regards to latency & increase for speed by 3mbs. They seem to think that because my D/L is better I'm in a better place

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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    Since BT Wholesale has its own speed checker (that, when I've used it, generally agrees with a spread of results from speedtest.net) I'd imagine that anything from a BT reseller - and maybe even LLU companies - could use that. Hopefully Ofcom will actually specify what the required test is, but I'm not going to hold my breath on that one...

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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    The BT speed checker does measure the line speed, rather than to an arbitary server, so that is likely to be the test for guaranteed speed.
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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    Meh - Just means they'll all just lower the minimum speed to the same new lower amount. (For example - I Was told 25Mb, I'll probably now be told 20Mb just to be safe.). I just rather have faster broadband...
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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    Meh - Just means they'll all just lower the minimum speed to the same new lower amount. (For example - I Was told 25Mb, I'll probably now be told 20Mb just to be safe.). I just rather have faster broadband...
    I think the longer term goal is to force pricing on the actual speed - whether it will do that is another matter - the trouble with legislation like this is that it can unintended consequences - like pushing up prices for higher speeds.
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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    I have a few suggestions:

    - stop spying on us
    - stop throttling speeds
    - cut prices by half
    - double the speed

    Anything else is just smoke and mirrors and inevitably results in us, the customers, paying more for something that should be given/subsidised (or at least excellent value for money). I'm paying £40 for a decent speed (80MB) internet - daylight robbery! Welcome to rip off Britain run by corporate cartels.

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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    So who should pay for it if not the user?

    And why is it “something that should be given/subsidised” and

    what is “excellent value for money”?
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    Re: Ofcom announces 'better info' broadband sale protections

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    So who should pay for it if not the user?

    And why is it “something that should be given/subsidised” and

    what is “excellent value for money”?
    because internet isn't a premium commodity in developed world...google it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonister View Post
    because internet isn't a premium commodity in developed world...google it.
    And so

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    So who should pay for it if not the user?

    And why is it “something that should be given/subsidised” and

    what is “excellent value for money”?
    You pay for electricity you use, and other commodities - premium or not. But since you are so keen on Google, show me who states it isn't a 'premium commodity'.
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