If you don’t have broadband out of choice, shame on you. If you don’t have broadband because of availability, then the Germans may just have the answer. What you do is bypass the DSL grid entirely via broadband satellite provider Teles skyDSL, which has just expanded to these isles.
Now before you all shout: “Oh no, no, no. Satellite? Who do we look like? The Sultan of Brunei?” here’s the kicker: it’s not that expensive. 1Mbps connections begin from £4.57 per month, rising to £27.90 for 4Mbps and topping out at £32.90 for 16Mbps. In addition, sign up before the end of August you’ll skip the set up fee and get the prerequisite PCI Card free to plug into your laptop or PC.
Now there is a catch, but it is the catch that occurs with all satellite based connections and that is you still need to use your dial-up modem to upload data. It’s a one way system (think how you still need to plug a Sky TV box into your phone line if you are going to order pay-per-view channels). It’s a bummer, but by definition if you need satellite then you don’t have any other options. (Damn. i just fell into that Journalism 101 error of using the evil, little word "all". Thanks to regular reader Ben, who points out that Aramiska's service does provide a two way connection - though apparently the service was ropey to say the least. Cheers buddy.)
So, if you live in the Outer Hebrides or somewhere like Sunderland (!) this could be your answer. The service is available immediately and if sign up from the link below you’ll be hooked up to the Eurobird 3 satellite before you know it.
And besides, how cool is it to know that your service is out of this world?!