This is as much to do with selection of a provider of a Metallic Path Facility (MPF) as anything and this seemed the best place to put this thread - though I'm open to correction.
I moved into a new home nearly four months ago and to date have managed fairy well with a Mobile Broadband service from Three. However, a change in my circumstances - i.e. a need for a much higher traffic cap as well as a faster service - means I'll be better off with a fixed line service. Given that my wife and I both have a "landline" number provided by Skype - calls to and from which we can make via our respective mobile devices - we want to avoid paying for a POTS voice service and we're not bothered about a VoIP service with the line which some suppliers can provide. I understand there are two options here...
1. Find a supplier which can provide a line of the Shared Metallic Path Facility (SMPF) variety and an ISP which can provide broadband via that.
2. Find a supplier which can provide both an MPF line and broadband via that.
I'd also like to know - and this is tied in somewhat with the above - how one can tell if the MPF provided by a supplier is Shared.
This looks quite difficult and I'd appreciate any pointers to resources where I can seek such - or recommendations of suppliers. I'd also like a "bare bones" service - i.e. putting my own kit in for the broadband - but that's not essential. (Any recommendations here for an ADSL/2/+ router which pumps out Ethernet would also be appreciated.) One other constraint is that I don't want to be tied into a contract of more than three months as I may move on after that - be it home or supplier/s. The three month contracts offered by "Be" look promising but being a tight-fisted Yorkshireman I'd rather not pay £10 a month for the (maybe Shared) Metallic Path Facility that they provide - and I''m not keen on the extra per month that they charge for it - nor the connection charge. In case it's of any use my exchange is this one.
Finally, I know I'm "lucky" enough to be be in the area where Digital Region are rolling out - my place being due to be connected in November - but their project plan doesn't fill me with confidence. (Look.) I'm also "lucky" in that I can't get BT Infinity yet - my wish being to avoid that company like The Plague given its continued dominance.) This is why I'm looking for an ADSL/2/+ service rather than a VDSL - and one which is better than, say, 5 Mbps - something I know one can never be sure of with basic ADSL until one's connected so an ADSL2 or ADSL2+ service might be the best to go for.