I'm due to move to a flatsharing arrangement with a couple of people I don't know; when I went to view the flat, the existing tenant told me that I could switch broadband provider if I wanted, as the contract was in her name and she had no idea whether it was still value for money.
I've checked samknows.com and found the area is not served by Virgin Media's cable, so it looks like I'll be researching FTTC/FTTH providers.
My personal internet usage is moderate to high, I use Spotify a lot, watch YouTube occasionally, like to stream LOVEFiLM, download podcasts and browse the internet heavily.
I don't know what the new flatmates' usage is like but I imagine it will be similar.
I'm not in need of a landline, and I'm perfectly happy with Freeview, so who comes highly recommended for their fibre broadband service? Everyone works so it would be nice to avoid slow speeds during peak times, if possible.
Also important, if the new contract is in my name, my tenancy contract is just 6 months so I wouldn't like to sign a broadband contract any longer than that.