Times are changing and more and more of us are starting to rely on a quality internet service from our residential property as well as our place of work. As broadband speeds improve, many people now have the option of working from home instead of going in to the office every day.
What’s more, with more and more retail companies offering superior online services, broadband is becoming a necessity and not the luxury it once was.
What is a blackspot?
A broadband blackspot is an area where the internet is either unavailable or substantially slower than that of the surrounding areas. However, there are steps you can take to establish whether the property you are considering falls into this category or not.
Broadband Notspot is a good place to start as this can give you information on the speeds that are available where you are.
Don’t trust the ISP you are considering
For many of us, the first step when moving property is to contact our ISP and ask them what the speeds are where you are relocating. Unfortunately, ‘speeds of up to’ and actual speeds are often considerably different. Therefore it really pays to take the time to speak to people in the area or to go on forums and find out what speeds people are enjoying in the area, as this will give a much clearer picture.
Estate Agents can help
It can also pay to chat with your estate agent. If the property you are moving to doesn’t have a connection, or has a slow connection, they should be able to help you out with this. In recent times the laws regarding estate agents have changed with regards to withholding information. As such, they are obliged to inform you if there are any serious problems with issues such as the internet if they know of any.
If you have already moved into your new property and your speed is quite slow it may not be the case forever. The government have vowed to have superfast broadband in most properties throughout the country by 2018. What’s more, many connections are being upgraded every day.
If you are still waiting for superfast and you’re struggling with speeds, there are other steps you can take to improve the speeds you have. It’s not always the case that you’re in a blackspot. There are numerous other factors that can contribute to a slow broadband connection and as such, you may be able to speed your connection up.
It is also worth looking into other Internet Service providers (ISP), as not all offer the same speeds in every area. It could be that by changing your ISP, you could improve your speeds considerably. The Broadband Genie postcode search will let you check to see if there are any fast packages available in your area. However if you are considering doing this, you should ask your ISP for a MAC code and then send it to your new provider, leaving them to do the rest, as this is the best way to change smoothly and without too much disruption.
About the author: Kerry Butters is writing this article on behalf of the broadband comparison website BroadbandGenie.co.uk.
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