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Universal Service Obligation

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Enlightened One

Just surfing the community and came across the topic Universal Service Obligation  in one thread.  I must admit I hadn't heard of that (no surprise there).

If I read correctly this means everyone should get 10 mb / 1 mb next year.  Does this apply to standard broadband or for upgrading to FTTC?

I would look forward to increasing mine from around 2.5 / 0.6, but doubt it would particularly change my life.

Thanks in advance for any clarification.

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Hi Dave

 

Ofcom are the source of information so have a look here at Your right to request a decent broadband service.

 

Just to clarify that if you're using a Fast Broadband service (ADSL) that doesn't deliver at least 10Mbps downstream but you do have access to a Faster Broadband VDSL - FTTC or Superfast Broadband service delivering over 10Mbps downstream then Ofcom would expect you to opt for the already available FTTC service.

 Gondola - Volunteer 2017-2020

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Enlightened One

@Gondola   I read that before posting.  Not sure I it understand fully.  I can get 20+ if I pay for fibre, but don't need it.  I suspect there are only 2 or 3 on our road who don't have fibre so maybe wouldn't get the upgrade within the 3.4K limit.

 

And you seem to have edited your reply before I replied.  Guess the answer is pay up or?

OK I'll shut up .

 

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Hi Dave

 

If you or your neighbours have access to an existing network offering 20Mbps then, as I clarified, you'd not qualify for the USO being introduced by Ofcom if you can take an FTTC service. It'll depend then on Openreach capacity for the FTTC service being available to you.

 

I can't recall if we've discussed this before but have you Checked Fibre Availability recently?

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Enlightened One

thanks for clarification.  Fully understood now so I'll be sticking with what I have until I'm forced to pay more for something I don't want.

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Hi Dave

 

Ofcom is on your side as they're already price capping the wholesale price of the Openreach 40/10 product (TalkTalk's Faster Fibre up to 38Mbps product).  A further price reduction due in April 2020 will make TalkTalk's mantra of Fairer Fibre for Everyone come true with affordable fibre being available.

 Gondola - Volunteer 2017-2020

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Enlightened One

BB is very affordable, even cheap, whatever anyone might say.  I'm sure my quarterly phone bill was more 20 years ago than I pay For BB & calls.  I just don't want to pay extra for something I won't use.