As a small ISP we have to simply pass activation costs on at cost so if Openreach charge an install fee we have to pass it on. There is little margin we make per month per connection so it would take us several years just to break even if we did not charge the install fee at cost. If Openreach gave free installation we would pass it on.
I understand that and this is the problem again, larger companies are once again able to drop prices and make a loss on connections, also sell their services for dead cheap prices, as others have said here to sell other services, some you have no choice to take their services, .
Talk Talk, Bt and sky now force people to take their phone service if they want their broadband, be it ADSl or fibre.
something is very wrong in this country, i wanted a time where we could just get a naked line, and not bother with one for voice, I thought maybe with fibre we would get it, but it have gone backwards now.
The problem is people want faster speed, but they don't want to pay a lot more for it, so big companies are once again going to win.
As much as I like ADSL24, if I was going fibre, I could not justify the £100 connection fee and the higher price per month for less data usage. i try to support the smaller companies, which is why I buy my meat from a butchers, my milk from a milkman that gets it from a local dairy, my bread when I can I get from a local bakery. Prices are getting higher, things are getting more difficult, my wages are low and this city is expensive to live in.
but at the moment I have no desire to go for fibre when it comes here, but that could change at some point.
Desktop machine now powered by windows 7 pro 64bit , laptop by ubuntu
On ADSL24 using C&W network.