I live in a village a few miles south of Shrewsbury. Two miles up the road, BT have installed fibre optic Broadband, but my village is not getting it for over two years as they have to put in some fancy exchange or something to carry the fibre optic system.
Currently our Broadband limps along at about 1 or 2 Mbps, with pages takes about 20+ second to load (doesn't sound long, but it is terminal when waiting). It is worse on some days depending on local usage. We have accelerators all over the house and it does make a slight difference, but I am so lusting after having a decent download speed.
With the new POL site and the much larger images, it has become a time consuming task to go through the gallery and leave comment on the paintings that attract me. It currently takes me at least twice if not three times as long to get through the first 4 or 5 pages. I am sorry if I seem to get really behind with looking at work,but I am having to set aside a whole evening to check out the site and gallery. The flesh is willing but the broadband speed is weak!
However, salvation is on the horizon. A company called uServe has put a new wireless mast on the Wrekin (a local hill near me) and as long as your house has clear site of the Wrekin you can receive between 15-20Mbps. I have died and gone to heaven I think!
Well, on investigation, we found that we can't see the Wrekin from our house, but lo and behold, we can from half way down our drive - result. The snag is that we have to put in an 8ft pole to fix the wireless dish to and then run about 50 metres of cable up the drive and into the house - digging it in - quite a task. However, I don't care what it costs or how long it takes to install - I'm having it.
Rural areas are so often put to the end of the queue or even forgotten when it comes to broadband, regardless of what the government targets are. Thank goodness for uServe as when we get the system up and running, I stand a chance of surfing the site without losing the will to live.
I know this probably isn't riveting news, but to me it is major and will transform my technical life and will let me enjoy the POL site without tearing my hair out and the need for Valium before I go online.
P.S. The photo is of me aged 8 - a very long time ago!