Some people will know that I live in a pleasant area of the Lincolnshire Wolds and if I look out of the back of my house I can see two houses in the distance, one is a mile away, the other probably two miles away. The countryside surrounds me and very nice it is. However rural life and modern life don’t always make happy bedfellows. What would be seen as an essential in most parts of the country as the 4th utility, i.e. Broadband barely works and it is getting worst. I think it started to get bad after the local exchange box near the village, had all its cables ripped out for scrap metal. These were replaced but the speed seems to be slower. Incidently, a week later I heard that the metal thieves cut down the telegraph poles nearby to get the metal cables – unbelievable!
I guess that in my part of the country (and I don’t mean towns in the area) we don’t offer a big enough incentive to put in fibre. I looked up what the population density is for the least populated area of England, this being 66 people per square km. My area is 77 people per square km.
While people sign up to BT Infinity after watching the advert with the smug students talking about downloading films,streaming music and much more, down in the country we have a broadband speed which barely uploads a photo in two minutes when things get bad and often just stops. At its best we can get 0.9mb/s download and just 0.23mb/s upload. We knew that we were not going to be the first in line for getting a decent speed and I guess that is one of the downsides of where we live, however with the government encouraging more and more of us to do our daily lives on-line they shouldn’t be leaving a proportion of the population living in the slow-lane. The stupid thing is that fibre is laid to the Primary School, but no-one else can tap into it. Rural broadband programmes, there seems to be plenty, but they always seem to be coming the next year and guess what they don’t come!
The problem with this and blogging(let alone working from home some of the week) is that trying to upload those photos from the latest trip is sooooo slow, like a snail on Mogadon. My last post which only had 5 or 6 photos took over 2 hours to post up and eventually you give up. Just how much can you take of the swirly circle in the middle of your laptop screen. It also makes catching up on blogs a pain, videos you can forget and photo rich posts become a problem. Andy from surfnslide kindly reduced the size of his photos in some of his posts for me!
So what to do? I am sure you won’t be surprised to learn that we get a poor mobile signal in our area, so a 3G dongle is out of the question. Wait for a faster broadband that could be 2015. I looked at a wireless broadband signal, some settlements in the area can get this, but it needs a direct line of sight and I have trees in the way. So I am going for satellite broadband. Some say that there is a latency issue (around 600ms delay) with satellite. Well try the delay I get at the moment and it is not a problem.
The package I am going for gives me 18mb/s download and 6mb/s upload which is around 18 times faster than I get at best. So soon it will be life in the fast line:) Oh and how long did it take me to post this up? Not long, I am typing this up in my hotel room using my iPhone’s 3G signal !!