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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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Its not surprising while Openjoke are sweating the copper network and the new level of FTTPod installation costs are through the roof - installation estimates in the 5 figure range are common and unaffordable to most households, many of whom might have taken up the service with a lower initial cost.

There needs to be a concerted push to bring FTTP to all areas - for too long the UK has allowed the dominant telco to extort stupid amounts of money for service over an outdated and poor quality network. Where a line has "impacted" service there is no rental reduction to reflect the lower quality infrastructure that a customer may be connected through - nor is there any incentive for openjoke to repair/replace where a line is underperfoming.

There is a growing divide between the areas where there is a race between multiple providers for ever higher speeds, and the rest of the country where Openjoke is the bottleneck stubbornly sweating every last kbps out of tired copper (or even worse - Ally) cable, and where broadband speed is a lottery decided by how close you are able to live to a cabinet, and if you are unfortunate enough to be on an EO line... *diety* help you!

Its time to scrap the copper!

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