The zoo can get ‘superfast’ broadband. However the monkey house is not bothering with it. Why i hear you ask?
Well – i did enquire and got a very generic response from a sales person, eg yes and its up to you. Technical points like ip range location (no ipv6 either) and what it uses where not addressed. just in case things we use cannot support it I like challenges and so i researched it, i guessed that protocol 1* was the thing and left it that.
I was not waiting for the role out (early bird) and the isp where advertising it as being available and for sale just in case you think im being too critical of the sales staff.
The good news is that we support ’1′ on our routers. but im not recommending it to the alpha.
The other problem is nobody believes the large providers as to speeds of service and the capacity is a problem with overselling. So if you are with british telecom, or that billionaire who has never had sex you might well be lumped in twelve months of disappointment or pay that nice sex starved billionaire a fee to dump the contract.
If you think im going to use a Rupert Murdoch or news international company who will then spy and sell my data then you need your head examined.
Its not Luddite: I would not object to a fast connection but i am ok with what we have, viop calls would be nice but that’s hardly mainstream and 8mb dsl might (an upgrade for us) be ok with that.
Extra problems lay in censorship, and neutrality – suppose i use a dvd site to send disks out, does this service stop british telecom from making extra money [maybe], gets worse with streaming issue and if say both try the us cable industry approach am i not providing free bandwidth for cable tv as well as an extra fee.
The speed and usage caps are another issue – suppose i want to download a debian iso** so its not a a photograph it seems i am unable to plan to run the download as an overnight job. Did you know that ofcom deem downloading open source .debs (package file) to be piracy ?
Despite our broadband being slow i don’t have problems with it, it is reliable and i do not need to regrade our internal network from 100mb to gigabyte (a fair job in itself) or upgrade laptops to n from g.
So i am wise to the issues. Im not sure what our good*** isp can do for us, everything apparently but that also raises other issues. The good news is that while the marketing staff have ruined this tech with ‘upto’ speeds that nobody gets and all that is that not many humans have opted for it either.
* i don’t wish to divulge this information as it might help some stupid salesman ** ask your techy friends *** our isp staff have had sex and are not based in india