Long time user. I'll try to be brief......
I live in an Apartment that was originally too far from the exchange to get anything above 256K. 5 years later I was lucky enough to be saved by FTTC and now get a decent 40Mb (I was incredibly grateful for it). Over those years ADSL guide/ Think Broadband community were a big help.
So now, I'm older and I'm looking to buy a house rather than an Apartment. I've seen one. Priority number one: FTTC or Cable. No cable but FTTC is there. Its an empty house with no-chain and so no working phone number that I can get somebody to check for me.
I'm working on getting the number from the estate agent / solicitors. In the mean-time I've used the BT Wholesale Address checker. All looks rosy:
M24 6TN on Exchange MIDDLETON is served by Cabinet 72
High Low High Low
FTTC Range A (Clean) 80 64 20 20 -- Available
FTTC Range B (Impacted) 79.6 52.9 20 12.2 -- Available
How much do I trust the address checker?
I've driven the estate and not far down the road is the cabinet with the big "Fibre is available here" poster stuck to it.
But I remember when I ordered my FTTC connection in my current address the engineer mentioning that the cabinets can get "Full" and despite being on an enabled line and cabinet you could still miss out. - How likely is that?
Would a phone call to BT as a potential new customer yield that problem before I spend all the money I have on a house that would be worthless to me without a good broadband connection?
Are there any other pitfalls I need to check for before going for this house? I would make national news if I bought this house and then found I couldn't get broadband.