That BT family
I find BT’s current Broadband ads make me more than a little queasy so it is a suprise that I have seen enough of them to notice that the latest two have both been filmed in Sussex, one in Lewes and the current one in Arundel. They are extolling the virtues of BT’s incredibly reliable and fast broadband internet connections! In particular the current one places great stress on the 20Mbps speed that they can provide. I am afraid I have not been quite this fast in trying to spot the inevitable disclaimer to these speeds that must be in the small print on the bottom of our screens.
For the record then, these are the speeds that BT’s own calculator says are available in these places. In Lewes and Arundel it is 6.5Mbps and in outlying parts of Arundel, but still in site of the Cathedral it is 6.0. However, within the rural parts of Lewes District, BT’s calculator tells me that I can get a whole 2.0Mbps on my flaky line from the exchange. In practice it seldom exceeds 512kbps; perhaps one day I will arise at 4.00am, when the rest of the surfing world have slumped in front of their video dowloads, and see if I get close to 2.0Mbps.
The serious point, and there is one, is that BT’s adverts endlessly and very irritatingly give the impression that high grade ICT infrastructure is just around the corner and will help make the rural economy truly competitive in the great knowledge based world of the future. Not on current plans it won’t. Write to your MP about it.