I have a FTTC broadband through 'Mailbox Networks / 186k'. The speeds are pretty good (21 down, 7.5up). I've no problem with the speeds (test result below). I do have an issue with what appears to be traffic shaping, or throttling of certain types of traffic. iPlayer, Windows Update, file download are all really fast. Bittorrent on the other hand will hardly work... barely any traffic will pass. I also have an ADSL2 O2 business line (7down, 1 up) which is rock solid, albeit slower. Bittorrent traffic will fly on this line. I actually have to swap to this line for this type of download.
Originally the problem affected all bittorrent + YouTube and iplayer. I raised this with them and over the course of 3-4 weeks managed to get them to change something and allow youtube and iplayer to work properly, although they never accepted they were traffic shaping.
Do people have the same trouble with other FTTC broadband providers?
Can anyone recommend another ISP were the download caps are high & traffic isn;t throttled?