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i pay £0 for 20MB broadband.

and as soon as BT infinity it out in my area i will be getting 50MB broadband for £0.


You have to love British telecom
Lol, BT is pretty tragic. If you can get it for free, then that's good, but for your average customer... it's awful.
post #32 of 181
Manhattan: 29.95$ w/FiOS Cable - 25Mbps/20Mbps

- The reason you'll never see better speeds/prices is because America isn't a European country. They treat their citizens (especially the big corporations) like 3rd-world nations do.

Tel Aviv: 49.95$ w/HOT & Bezeqint - 16Mbps/1Mbps

- I honestly don't know why Israel is capped at 1Mbps Upload. It seriously sucks. Probably for the same reason as the US. The two countries are basically identical.
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Lol, BT is pretty tragic. If you can get it for free, then that's good, but for your average customer... it's awful.
The only reason why it's so bad is duty to 40 years ago BT being in a complete monopoly. the government had to break it down and give other companies a chance. companies like virgin had 50mb broadband like 5 years ago. but they all uses BT lines. which BT are not even allowed to uses yet.
    
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We pay £20 a month (£12 connection, rest line fee) for "up to 20MB" and unlimited home phone calls, but due to the lines in my house we only get 2MB.

Still fast enough for me. 2MB is more than enough.
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HK Doesn't censor.


Anyway... Here's my Thailand speed. I live in an apt. building...Pay $7 a month. Not too bad, but not sure on the plan he's got, or the cost. Looks like 12mb/1mb...Guesstimate cost around $50. No cap.

Dang, that's what I am getting here in San Diego now for around $67 a month. I really wish the cable companies would get slapped upside the head by some kind of regulation that prevents their monopoly tactics here... FIOS would be here by now if it werent for the Cable Companies vs. AT&T agreement.
    
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Manhattan: 29.95$ w/FiOS Cable - 25Mbps/20Mbps

- The reason you'll never see better speeds/prices is because America isn't a European country. They treat their citizens (especially the big corporations) like 3rd-world nations do.

Tel Aviv: 49.95$ w/HOT & Bezeqint - 16Mbps/1Mbps

- I honestly don't know why Israel is capped at 1Mbps Upload. It seriously sucks. Probably for the same reason as the US. The two countries are basically identical.
why is it capped at 1mb/s?

what is your max amount your allowed to download in a month? Mine is 300GB
    
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The only reason why it's so bad is duty to 40 years ago BT being in a complete monopoly. the government had to break it down and give other companies a chance. companies like virgin had 50mb broadband like 5 years ago. but they all uses BT lines. which BT are not even allowed to uses yet.
It's not a bad service i'm talking about, it's overly expensive capped plans that are bad. Also, companies like Virgin and O2, only use BT lines in non-LLU exchanges. In most cities/towns, the companies run their own lines and hardware (apart from to the house).

Hopefully, more ISP's will start laying FTTC, so as to make internet more competitive and a lot faster.
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It's not a bad service i'm talking about, it's overly expensive capped plans that are bad. Also, companies like Virgin and O2, only use BT lines in non-LLU exchanges. In most cities/towns, the companies run their own lines and hardware (apart from to the house).

Hopefully, more ISP's will start laying FTTC, so as to make internet more competitive and a lot faster.
Only BT has cables to other country? like over the Atlantic ocean?
And it's BT that put up all the cable in the streets. i have never seen a Virgin or o2 van putting up cable?


and BT's customer service is so good
if you complain about slow internet they give you a 5MB boost for the next 48hours
    
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Oh please. For you people that keep on complaining, DSL here is $20/month for a 1mbps connection. And we can't switch to other providers for 2 years!

You guys are so lucky!
   
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Only BT has cables to other country? like over the Atlantic ocean?
And it's BT that put up all the cable in the streets. i have never seen a Virgin or o2 van putting up cable?


and BT's customer service is so good
if you complain about slow internet they give you a 5MB boost for the next 48hours
I'll be honest, I don't know who owns the trans-Atlantic cables. I believe they will be owned by whatever company laid them, whether that is a 3rd party hired by BT or just a separate company altogether than BT rent from, I have no idea.

Companies like Virgin and O2 don't lay cable to houses, that is under BT control. But, with FTTC coming to fruition, we may see ISP's laying more privatised fibre (non-BT). I'm sure BT speed and customer service is good, but the cost and data caps are not. Right now, i'm on 8mb/s unlimited for £6.99/month. That's the max our exchange supports though.
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