To save you getting confused, Mr Saffron's post would be clearer if the word "they" was inserted - as in
so they don't bother looking at router data and sites like http://www.coolwebhome.co.uk/calc/calculator.php to see if they could go faster with better internal wiring e.g. no extensions, removal of ring wire
The reason the estimators show the low figure is because they all come from a couple of BT databases, and those databases adjust over time to what the majority in the area are getting.
Your neighbours' lines are all underperforming, so screwing the estimates for all, including yours. Moving to BT wouldn't alter your connection speed at all.
Re the 16Mbps on products on the website, very few ISPs now show separate product figures for exchanges where ADSL2+ is not available, as ADSL2+ is the norm. Even the 16Mbps is rubbish, as they are "up to 24Mbps" connections but they can now only advertise connection speeds that at least 10% of customers achieve.
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