This wasn't me applying pressure to BT, as I have worked with (not for) BT for over 15 years, using their services for my customers, and working on accounts spending in excess of £15M a year with BT, and even at that level, there is no pressure that can be applied to them, so me as a residential subscriber has no hope.
I just checked the availability on my road using the address checker. My neighbour, who connects to a different cabinet shows a line speed in excess of 13Mbp/s - they are less than 100 yards from our house. On the other side, approx. 200 yards closer to the cab, 26Mbp/s.
Put our postcode in on it's own, and the DB shows no one can get FTTC - yet every house on our road shares the same postcode.
So - I could switch, but BT tell me I can't get infinity, PlusNet tell me I can get fibre, yet can't deliver it (it's now down below 2Mbp/s), and OR have told me that our line isn't that long, but it's got a jointing fault and it's Aluminium, and should be copper - this from the provider.
But - since the fault that shows is intermittent, and it's never there when OR show up, they can't see it to report on it and do anything, and BT don't care about their residential customers, and we live in the country, so even less interest.
We have to have a decent connection for the SureSignal, and we have CCTV that records to the Cloud and has to have remote access so I can check from anywhere as I work away a lot, and with the constant errors and degradation in the line speed, despite the report on what our neighbours expect to get, we can't maintain a decent connection, so I think I will have to escalate this in BT to get someone who can make a decision to order the line replacement job, and stop wasting time and money sending engineers out on visits resulting in nothing being done.
Putting a shed at the end of the field isn't a viable option, as I'd need to connect power to it too - and that would not be an easy thing to do because of the usage of the field, and the cable may get ploughed up.
The cable leaving our house will need to be moved within the next three months anyway when we get the footings dug for the new building, so it will need to be done anyway, so there will be a cost to it regardless, but not one to be borne by us.