Fast speeds important when moving home
I read with interest ‘Question of the Fortnight’ in Issue 515 (‘Is slow broadband killing the countryside?’). As a journalist working from home and covering many events throughout the year, I need decent broadband, and at the moment I am fortunate to have 80Mbps in Wales. I often have to upload a few hundred images on a Monday after editing and fast internet connections are essential.
However my son and I want to move from the middle of a small town, and this is where it begins to become a pain.
In the 21st century you would think that BT or any other provider could easily have a list of postcodes showing speeds in that area. There are many sites you can type a postcode into and get a rough idea. But doing this on lots of different sites when you’re looking for a property is laborious.
We are not even fussy where we move to. But when you ask the estate agent for the full address and postcode they say they’ll only supply that information if you want to view the property. I then ask what the broadband speed is at that address, to which they reply: “We don’t know, but you can look it up”. But I need the postcode to do that! These days an internet connection is so vital that you’d think it would be an essential part of any lettings or house sales information. Jeremy Rundle