Following price changes in the Hull area for the incumbent KC we have updated our package listings and after trying a number of postcodes where people have recorded broadband speeds in excess of 100 Mbps we have come to the conclusion that KC has removed its fastest 350 Mbps FTTH service from its consumer package range and it also appears on Lightstream services the 10 Mbps upload is now just 5 Mbps.
The changes for consumers in Hull do not stop there, one improvement that many campaign for has been taken on board and that is that the voice line rental is included in the broadband price now for ADSL2+, FTTC or FTTH products. This has lifted the package prices significantly when you compare to the rest of the UK, but does avoid the need for people to mentally add the line rental before getting excited and signing up.
Overall though packages appear to have gone up by £1 to £2 with local press coverage saying that the price rises are due to rising usage by customers in the area. Another package that has vanished is the unlimited option at the top of each product range with ADSL2+ customers paying £45.99 per month for a 750GB allowance and Lightstream customers £50.99 for 1.5TB. Now while we are sure that providers will have the data to show that a very small percentage of customers do use this sort of data each month imposing limits of any sort may stunt what people attempt to do with their connections. For example a gamer who is a twitch addict in terms of broadcasting and watching other players will find their digital download habit both expensive when buying games and the double bubble of usage charges (for those not aware of twitch, you can broadcast video of yourself and your game while playing it). The entry level £31.99 service with a 35GB allowance is thrown into stark contract when you can get line rental and unlimited ADSL2+ broadband for £19.45 per month in 96% of the UK from TalkTalk and if you chase the special offers the price is even lower, there
KC in the Hull area are generally praised for their FTTH heavy roll-out, which is in contrast to the much larger Openreach roll-out, i.e. the ratios of FTTP to FTTC are reversed. Unfortunately it looks like a penalty of this is the usage allowances and more limited speed choice, fingers crossed the worries about users downloading lots are not in anyway a suggestion that core network capacity is an issue for KC as broadband usage is on an inexorably steep rise.