Fast speeds im­por­tant when mov­ing home

Computer Active (UK) - - Letters -

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

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