Same old BT

One week on and I still have neither a phone line nor a broadband connection. I am expecting a long saga trying to get it sorted out. I have to go elsewhere to carry on blogging.

Competition is the answer, and we need more of it.

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  1. Ian Hunter
    Posted January 19, 2007 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi John,
    Methinks you are watching too much Big Brother and not enough of the adverts in between the nonsense.
    You say BT should have more competition? There are over 400 alternative suppliers of telephony now in the UK for all manner of services.
    Take broadband, as you are having difficulty there. What about Tiscali? Toucan? Sky? Virgin? Demon?
    Need I go on?

    Moving on. You still however get my sympathy. Getting broadband sorted out from any supplier can be a real pain. It's not just BT that have the problem.

    Ian Hunter
    Comms Business Magazine.

  2. apl
    Posted January 21, 2007 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Ian Hunter: "There are over 400 alternative suppliers of telephony now in the UK for all manner of services."

    Well Tiscalli, Toucan, Virgin and Demon rely on the BT local loop to a greater or lesser extent. SKY will provide internet but I think their system will still require an uplink connection which will probably require a local telephone line, and that will still rely on BT local loop in the majority of cases.

    Yes there are lots and lots of alternative suppliers in the UK, thanks in fact to Thatcher(PBUH), but many of them still require the infrastructure provided by BT to run their services through to the domestic user.

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