The results of PC Advisor's annual Home Broadband Survey and the winners of this year's Best Broadband awards – as judged by you.
Best buy broadband: The best broadband deals revealed
Choosing a good-value, dependable broadband subscription that delivers most of the speed its marketing materials promise isn’t as hard it as seems. Postcode checkers that show you on a street-by-street basis the ISPs that operate in your area and the connection speeds enjoyed by your neighbours go a long way to providing an accurate indication of what you can expect.
However, there’s still a vast inequality between the connection speeds on offer in some postcodes and those available a few miles – sometimes only a few streets – away. Making matters worse is that in areas where there is choice, and therefore competition, better-value deals are often on offer. If you’re in a rural area where it’s BT or nothing – and then only an ‘up to’ 2 megabits per second (Mbps) connection – you may end up paying as much or even more than friends in a nearby town where there’s faster connectivity. It doesn’t seem – and isn’t – fair.
As we’ve found in previous years, many people prefer to choose one ISP and stick with it through thick and thin. Often, it’s the easiest option. Who’s to say whether a different provider will offer a better service, and what about the hassle involved in giving notice and getting a MAC to release you from the handcuffs of your existing ISP?
But with some useful tools on your side, there’s no reason to be stuck in a broadband rut any longer.