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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:JULY/AUGUST WORLD OF DIGITAL


THE WONDERFUL AND COMPUTERS


Let’s talk about Broadband…. again!


Every day, someone asks me who they should have their telephone and broadband with and every day, I sigh. It’s a bit like changing your bank, it’s not quite that simple; if it was, I’d just be able to say go ahead and be absolutely certain in my recommendation but there are always things to consider…


To be clear: If you live in Cumbria there's a 95% chance that BT own the copper by which you receive your telephone and internet, every other provider is simply buying wholesale from BT and selling you a package. I tell you this because if your internet stops working, ultimately it will be a BT engineer that fixes it. This kind of insanity is like your electricity which comes down the same cable it always has, but now loads of different companies can provide your electricity. How can that be, when the so- called providers don’t own the power stations? It’s simply another way to fleece the consumer via a middleman.


Ultimately, there are three things to consider about Broadband: speed, service and cost. Broadband is considered anything over 2mb and 5mb download and is enough to stream TV (iPlayer etc) and allow reasonable internet access. If you live in a house full of teenagers, then Fibre (anything over 40mb) is good, since like food in the fridge, they consume it fast. There’s also ‘Superfast’ which is the bit between Broadband and Fibre and frankly the average household should be happy with that - providing its unmetered! Metered is where you have a monthly cap on the amount you can download but now we generally have ‘all you can eat’. However, watch out because what they are trying to do is fatten us all up on unlimited usage, then in the future I believe they will start charging you for the data you use. It’s the only logical way for ‘them’ to make money out of us - you heard it here first!


When it comes to service, don’t choose to put your business with a provider that is rubbish. Read the reviews and go with a well-reviewed provider and remember what I said about the copper to your house. By now, most people know who I recommend, so I don’t need to shout about it.


Finally, don’t take long contracts or go for the cheapest. As with mobile phones, too cheap will be rubbish and contract providers have now started to offer 24 months like it’s normal. Don’t be sucked in, stay agile, move often, or at least threaten to (haggle the cost) and keep the providers on their toes!


If in doubt give me a shout!


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