For people in Long Melford who suffer slow ADSL connections, and for that matter people living in places like Gestingthorpe, Coggeshall, Aldham, Bures, Stisted and West Bergholt and other villages in the Essex/Suffolk borders there is an alternative to the ADSL services. CountyBroadband.net offers a wireless broadband service, that utilises an external antenna that is mounted on your roof to provide a range of broadband speeds.
The expansion of the the County Broadband service to Long Melford is covered in the Suffolk Free Press. Services start at £10.99 a month for a 1Mbps symmetric connection, rising to £29.99 for 8Mbps down and 4Mbps up, with the highest priced connection offering symmetric 15Mbps speeds for £74.99. Two install options are available, a basic £99 install which will install the roof-top antenna and connect your computer. For £149 they will set-up an internal wireless network so you can use your broadband whereever you like in the property. For those wanting a public IP address and a higher share of the traffic capacity, a Network Pro product range is available ranging from £49 to £299 a month.
For people who do not live within a mile or so of the telephone exchange, wireless networks like County Broadband do offer speeds in excess of what ADSL and even what ADSL2+ will achieve for those on long lines.