[ubuntu-uk] DSL provider

J Fernyhough j.fernyhough at gmail.com
Tue May 7 11:50:51 UTC 2013

On 7 May 2013 10:07, James Tait <james.tait at wyrddreams.org> wrote:

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> On 07/05/13 08:36, TT Mooney wrote:
> > I've been a happy user of O2 broadband for years, but now that
> > Murdoch has laid his hands on it, I want to change provider.
> >
> > Does anyone have a recommendation? I used to have BT, and they
> > were mostly useless. There is a bit of bittorent going on, so I'm
> > looking for an uncapped adsl2 service. Virgin Media is not
> > available in my area.
> I've been a happy customer of Andrews and Arnold [0] for almost two
> years.  I started off with a BT line, then switched to Be, but I'm
> also planning to move away from them with the Murdoch take over.
> AA deal with BT for you, and they do a good job of it.  To be fair,
> the only reason I switched to a Be backhaul was cost.  I won't go into
> all the details here, they're on the web site, but briefly the Home::1
> package offers a real (no NAT) IPv4 address, a /48 native IPv6 block
> and 50GB any time downloads for £25 a month.  After that, it's up to
> you to choose what add-ons you need.
> HTH,
> JT
> [0] http://aa.net.uk/
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+1 for AA. I've been with them for several years. While they're not the
cheapest the service level is exceptional, i.e. you get what you pay for.
Speeds are always best-effort, there is no filtering or SPI, and the
support team are highly knowledgeable and responsive. Just as an example, I
moved properties and wanted to merge the new account with my old one. I
went on IRC, asked, and was done in less than five minutes. You can also
normally chat with the company owner (RevK).

It looks like the Home::1 tariff is a good bet if you need 'net access
during weekdays. Otherwise I'd stick to the unit-based system. In addition
to the ~£20 base cost (including two units), one unit is ~£3.90 which buys
you a mix of 1GB (or 2.5GB on 21CN ADSL2+) 9am-6pm and 50GB 6pm-9am, with
"night time special" running 2am-6am with 1TB/unit. Weekends and Bank
Holidays are 50GB/unit. If you over- or under-use the difference is carried
over to the next month and you can change units on a month-by-month basis.

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