You have to pay £29.38 for activation and supply your own modem, but it's still a whole lot cheaper than the next cheapest £54 package from click here The only other ISP I know of that that offers 2Mbit access in the UK is click here which is a pay-as-you-go service with a maximum cost of £119 a month! Fast24 is also only £2.50 more than AOLs 1Mbit service and £2.50 cheaper than 1Mbit from BT!
I just hope I will be able to receive it in my area. Anyway, tell me what you think.
Could you explain what contention rates are? I noticed the other package was much more expensive than the other at the same speeds. I know it's got something to do with the volume of users slowing the server down, but I'm not entirely sure what the ratios mean.
The contention ratio is the number of users sharing the bandwidth. If you are on a 500k line and have a contention ratio of 50:1, then if all 50 users are downloading at the same time, you would theoretically only have a 10k line each. In practice this rarely happens, and most of the time you will get the full bandwidth. If it is vital to have the full bandwidth at all times, you would have to pay a lot more money to have sole use of the 500k bandwidth. click here and click here
Would it be a safe bet for me to get a 50:1 connection or would this slow down too often? Ideally I would like to get a 20:1 ratio, but the prices seem very expensive to guarantee this. As I will probably leave my computer on most of the day for downloading what do you reccomend?