Archive for July, 2008


Thursday, July 31st, 2008

The town where I live is going to be the first “Fibrecity” in the UK, apparently.  I’ve been asked for permission to connect fibre-optic cabling capable of speeds in excess of 100Mbps to my house, at no cost.

I’m usually quite skeptical about no-cost offers like this, but this one does seem like it might be genuinely useful.  Also, our local council has already gone ahead with the work for their offices and for the BIC and Pavilion.

I’m thinking about opting in, but there’s an exhibition about it at the local library so I might go and see that first.

Monitoring bandwidth during peak hours

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Like many ISPs in Britain, mine allows me unlimited downloads during off-peak hours but has a monthly restriction on downloads during peak hours.  Peak currently means 6pm until midnight, although next month it will be changing to 9am until 11pm.  I thought it would be a good idea to monitor how close to my quota I am, to see if this will affect me.