I've just moved to Edinburgh from the States, and am trying to work out a reasonable way of getting broadband to our new flat. We seem to have BT wiring, but that's all I know -- certainly we aren't paying for a line of any kind right now. The postcode checker says we're on the Waverley exchange. BT's online checker claims that we can get ~17Mbps now, and that FTTC will be installed at the end of this month (31/3/2012). We don't need phone or TV service. I'm not sure how many GBs we pull down in a month, but we don't watch streaming video so I doubt we're in the top 10% these days.
From some browsing of the forum here it looks like my best bet is either Sky, or one of the small resellers like ADSL24, Vivaciti, Xilo?
Things I am wary of: 12 month contracts (not necessarily ruling these out, but it's also possible we'll be moving again in 6 months once our first lease runs out, so... and there's this FTTC thing dangling temptingly...). Punitive costs/limits on daytime usage (my wife will usually be at home and online all day).
Things I like: minimal throttling/blocking/BS. Low latency. IPv6 for the nerd cred. Upload speed might be nice for off-site backups.
Things I am confused by: "Line rental" -- most of the packages I'm seeing are broadband-only, does this mean I also need to order a phone line from BT or something? "Cease charges" -- I thought the difference between a contract and month-to-month was whether you had to pay a fee to leave early, but apparently both types of services have such fees now...? Vivaciti's website -- is there something wrong with using tables to compare things side-by-side?
I'd really appreciate it if you all could give some advice. Or even just explain in small words exactly how much it would cost, end-to-end, to take some arbitrary plan or two for, say, 6 months. Thanks in advance!