Thursday, 9 June 2011

Am I out of the ether yet? The joy of living in a broadband black spot.


Call me odd but when I have no broadband connection I’m OK. Really. I. Am. Fine. I can’t work but everyone needs a break from that don’t they? All work and no play makes jack a dull boy and all that. Sometimes it is quite good to be in a broadband black spot.
But I get a tad upset when I am neither one thing nor the other. I get upset when I am nearly connected but not quite because that means I have to work even though my work isn’t actually all going to get there. Today I lost a potential job worth £200 because my broadband failed at the "moment juste" and I landed up missing the deadline. Great.
On top of that I got tagged but I don’t know why. It was exceedingly frustrating. I tried to raise twitter on my mobile but to be honest I’m not actually sure how to do that and all I got off Exmoor Jane’s blog was a rather alarming picture of a yawning cat. I do not know why I have been tagged and what that tag has to do with a yawning cat. However much I tried, and I promise I did try all day, I have yet to be illuminated on this point. I even went to such lengths as seeing if I could sneak a peek on one of the computers at school and failing miserably because twitter is banned as an inappropriate site. Thank God there are no wailing alarms on those machines as I don’t know quite how I would have explained myself and why I was hunched on a small child’s chair trying to hack into a site on one of the school computers.
I spend a lot of time waiting for my broadband connection to connect sometimes it is fantastic, sometimes slow and always it is unpredictable.
I get it through the ether as BT cannot connect me and as one delightful soul at their head office said once the only way they will connect me is if I move. Bless ‘em for their consideration.
I read today that Suffolk is to get some help to get connected, I won’t hold my breath. For even though the county may get help, it certainly won’t be to connect out of the way villages. Actually my village isn’t out of the way it’s just that it is at the end of a line and by the time it reaches us it’s exhausted and we barely raise half a Meg (512). I am at the far end of the village so that half a Meg gets disconnected a lot as well as more and more people try to connect to the outside world and even though TalkTalk and all the others say: “Of course we can connect you!” The tech boys who have to plug it all in say: “Don’t bother it won’t work.” So in our village I’ve heard that kids have to go and do their homework with friends in to other villages or else trek down to the library, which is due to close.
The reason why BT won’t do anything about it is there are too few of us to matter. So we go our own way and I get my broadband over the ether and pay through the nose for the privilege. Problem is when it goes wrong there is only a tiny little company that can put it right and I worry about their ability to stay afloat. I have to pray they will or else I will lose my job.
So does anyone out there know how I can get broadband without using a telephone line….I really do want to stay connected and call me weird but I also want to stay in my own home while I do it…

9 comments:

Rob-bear said...

I had dual-up before I had broadband; it was reasonable, but expensive, as one paid by the minute. And one still needed a phone line.

Do hope you can find something a bit more viable than BT.

Tattie Weasle said...

Rob Bear - I won't give up if they can put men in space and bionics in bloodstreams they can connect me somehow!

Bluestocking Mum said...

Great sympathy Tattie, although afraid I can't help as I'm not very techie minded.

Sometimes I quite like going to the Mother in laws caravan and having no broadband/internet/phone connections but it wears thin after a couple of days of isolation ;)

xx

Tattie Weasle said...

Bluestocking Mum - there are times I do like it but I think I am hooked...

Jen said...

Ugh, don't... I spend weekends in a Suffolk village and I swear the broadband is run on steam. Just sooo frustratingly s l o w. I feel your pain. And, also, hello. I like your blog :0)

Rob-bear said...

True; they CAN connect you, if they WANT to do so. So far, it seems they have no interest in wanting to do that. Sigh!

So much for living in the age of non-service. Condolences.

Tattie Weasle said...

Jen -hi! And yes they are run on steam but they're a little backward boy up here...
Rob bear - condolence gratefully accepted. However I will keep plugging away, miracles do happen!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

When , many years ago , we moved into a cottage down a long , windy lane in Hampshire we asked for a phone line .
I can still hear the incredulity from the employees ( various) I talked to .

potterjotter said...

We too live in a very 'hit and miss' area - does my absolute head in! I don't understand these things, but am told not much we can do, other than move house!

Go on you know you want to...

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