BT has been ordered to move 20 of the bulkier new streetside cabinets planned to power its trial of faster broadband, after they offended aesthetic sensibilities in leafy Muswell Hill, north London. The local council, Haringey, is also arranging for all the boxes to be repainted black rather than their current green, to "blend …
Send the green boxes to Basingstoke then!
Well, please just send the boxes that Muswell hill doesn't want down to Basingstoke, where we have a paltry 77 cabinets planned for FTTC, rather than blanket coverage. I am about a quarter of a mile away from the covered area, which has left a lot of us fuming at BT.
http://www.jasonrivers.co.uk/2009/12/01/basingstoke-fttc-trial/ is another person who's ranting about this. Come on BT!
Phorm et al
Seems to be becoming a theme with BT in regards to failing to get proper approvals for trials of services...
I think BT should take the cabinets out and give some more deserving areas access to faster broadband (I'm sure sticking a cabinet like these inbetween some of those longer lines might help some folks actually get some broadband rather than no broadband).
Rob (who counts his lucky stars he can get a reasonable-ish broadband connection)
Hang on, someone in London is complaining about a green box on their street? Now I've been to London, there's f*cking houses everywhere and people are complaining about a 1.6m high green box on their street!! You'd think that years of seeing nothing but buildings out there bleeding windows and navigating round dog turds would have trained them to ignore the odd green box here and there.
Hard to Believe
I can't imagine they got a very good view of the "boxes" from the seat of a RangeRover, pulling in or out of ones drive at 40mph!
We need a WGAS Icon, because I certainly don't"
Can someone who knows more about this/can be arsed to look it up tell me what sort of kit you'll need in your house to get 40Mbit on FTTC? ADSL2+ tops out at 24Mbit?
It's probably VDSL2. 40 Mbps sounds right about where the maximum should be for 1 block of voice rated copper wire between devices.
Pull out the boxes
Pull out the boxes and DO NOT replace them with anything. One thing that technology does not do, is KISS RICH ASS.
These boxes are pretty huge
I live in this area and have actually seen these boxes. They are somewhat unsubtle.
Queens Avenue (and the surrounding roads) are mostly turn of the century houses backing on to Alexandra Palace and park. There are (possibly surprisingly) very few 4x4s here, and in general it is quite a pretty area. These boxes are like having a tall, green fat bloke permanently parked on the street corner, while I do understand the need for extra space (having seen the inside of a normal cabinet) BT could have at least tried a bit harder to blend them in a bit.
It's their street...
..so they can cry if they want to.
Everyone has the right to complain about changes to street furniture in their area. The fact it's a conservation area makes that even more valid. It's also nice to hear of a council that actually listens to its residents and acts on their complaint.
Our council dumped a kid's playground on us despite our complaints and warnings that there was no suitable parking. So now we put up with dangerous parking from lazy parents who think that walking an extra ten metres is just too difficult for their offspring and at night we get to hear their older siblings f'ing and blinding at each other.
So yeah - more power to the residents.
Yank the Cabinets
And supply them with a internet service more in keeping with the old fashioned buildings.
Let them suck dialup.
Disguise them better ...
... perhaps as mobile phone towers? Or people in wheelchairs - everyone looks the other way when walking past 'wheelies'.
- Paris, because, she's proud to show off her box, and rarely gets asked to disguise it....
Ah, yes, but
Paris's box isn't 1.6 m tall, and (last I saw it anyway) isn't green...
given that a lot of One Night in Paris was filmed in false-colour night vision, the video evidence suggests that Paris' box IS green!
And she's only about 1.7m tall, so it's close enough to Paris sized and Paris coloured!
How come everyone else has been miniaturizing technology for decades, and BT is going to larger boxes? What's in them, ENIACs?
Is there anyone BT can't upset ?
Maybe they should have run the trial in Hambleden...
Leave them in the dark ages ffs
Fuck London, leave them with dated equipment and give the modern faster stuff to the rest of the country that is more grateful and not so fucking stuck up.
Send them to Aberdeen!
We'd be grateful, and as the oil price is going up we'd be able to pay for the premium services too!
Also, could I suggest to BT that- if the boxes can't be redesigned to lower their volume- the boxes are re purposed to become streetlight bases (giving a large chimney-like structure (lowering the heating loads and with a pretty big internal volume) as well as providing a BT-owned pole for any Wireless rollouts/snooping they decide to do in future) or just bent round a corner? I doubt anyone would object as much to a lower, wider box going round a corner- and if they were made to look like they were made from cast iron it'd fit in better with a protected-age neighbourhood.
Saying that, BT really need to be fined into the ground for their constant refusal to follow rules on privacy, planning and... well, the rest of their operations.
Send those cabinets over here please!
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