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Working from home can now be as fast and effective as working from the office. This could save you time and money, as well as helping you to achieve a better work life balance. With faster broadband you could even consider setting up your own business from home as you would have the world class connectivity that could give you the edge.
Ben: “I look at sports websites and we do our banking on the internet.”
Danielle: “I look for wedding information and we shop on ebay andTesco.”
Ben: “Our internet speed is really slow and cuts off.”
Danielle: “If we had superfast broadband, using the internet would be much quicker and more reliable.”
“We are a family of four, with my husband and I plus two adult children, and usually someone within the house is using the internet at any given time. We have a lot of devises on the go, including for a Smartphone for each person, laptops, tablets and three smart TVs.
“Before we had superfast broadband streaming was extremely slow. We would often see the ‘loading’ symbol on one of our devices, and we would be asking each other if they could switch of their device so it didn’t interfere with what the other person was doing. We also had to reset the router now and again.
“Since switching to superfast broadband the difference in speed is unreal. We now have speeds of 42mb/s rather than the 6mb/s we had before. It wasn’t as expensive as I first thought either – we pay about £7.50 per month extra for the superfast service and it is absolutely worth every penny. Now having four people streaming online is not an issue at all and the videos we watch aren’t pixelated or blurry like they used to be. It has made a real difference within our household.”
Life prior to the arrival of Superfast fibre broadband services in their area meant that the Elliott household were struggling with the increasing demand for access to online services verses the minimal internet speeds they received. In their family this meant only one person at a time could access either on-line educational websites, gaming sites, video and music streaming and/or work from home. We talked to Gillian Elliott about her experience of upgrading from basic broadband to fibre broadband, and the improvements this has made in her household.
Gillian explained, “We have three young adults living in our household whose view of the world means they think digital access is an essential service. They require access to educational material online for their studies, whilst simultaneously streaming live music or films. They need to be able to undertake independent research and expect to go online to enjoy interactive games on their consoles while still operating their smart phones and tablets via Wifi”.
Gillian Elliott explains how the upgrade to superfast broadband in the Elliott household has improved life for them:
“The month of September saw the arrival of Superfast Broadband services in our rural village and to our household. We had previously struggled with very slow broadband speeds making even casual internet usage very challenging, particularly when more than one of us was trying to access services at the same time. We registered our interest in superfast broadband and received an email from the Connecting Cumbria team advising that fibre broadband services were available in our area”
“We then shopped around and found a great deal which fully met our needs, at a price which actually meant that superfast was going to save us money as it was less than we were currently paying”
Accessing services on-line has become much easier. Gillian explains ‘I regularly do an internet shop, use the internet to submit online forms, do online banking and keep in touch with friends and family living out of the county’.
Gillian’s advice to other families who are considering upgrading to fibre services is ‘shop around with a variety of internet service providers, we found there were some fantastic deals out there’.