crx1600 - Sounds much bigger when you say it like that!!
Powerless - I was under the impression that the further you were from the exchange, the higher the chances of experiencing reduced bandwidth due to additional noise etc on the line? Is this a misconception on my part?
is the amount of people who have/want btbroadband in your area as there are areas all over britain where the demand is higher ( sorry , you are probably very aware of this ) and therefore their exchanges are ADSL enabled more quickly .
check click here , and click on the map to see how many people have signed up for BB in your area . How far are you from the exchange ?
The best thing to do is contact your service provider and order broadband, your order will be subject to successful line checks anyway, so if the line is poor they won't hold you to the order. Most service providers offer broadband at speeds of UP TO 512kbps, so if that isn't going to be possible, then it can't be sold on those terms.