Opinion

The story of a broadband seeker in rural Ireland

The story of a broadband seeker in rural Ireland and the steps he had to take to get reliable broadband:   Well firstly here at home we had an ISDN line and then we got Fixed Wireless Access but the company had a terrible service, I then moved onto 3G dongle power which was fine at first for basic web surfing and email but for gaming the packet loss was unbearable. Then a second FWA provider came along and they provided a top class service for a year or so but sadly the service got worse and worse and after...

IrelandOffline signs “Declaration of Internet Freedom”

IrelandOffline agree with the concept of a free Internet as outlined by  http://www.internetdeclaration.org/freedom which states that the Internet remain free, open, uncensored, private, affordable and innovative. Our main reason for signing this declaration is point 2 “Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks” but we agree with the other points of the declaration too. The Preamble to the Declaration explains: “We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries and countries to recognize these principles. We believe that they will help to bring about more creativity,...

A Broadband Code of Conduct for Ireland

IrelandOffline have been informed that Comreg and the National Consumer Agency are now actively supporting the efforts of the Advertising Standards Authority to accurately inform the Irish consumer of the standards that ISPs should adhere too when advertising broadband to consumers. This is in response to a profusion of ‘up to ‘ offers in the ISP market and the misleading nature of many of these offerings. This is where products are advertised with enormous headline speeds or as ‘up to’ a certain speed but where the consumer has almost no chance of reaching these speeds or anything near those speeds...

Is Mobile “midband” in Ireland Destroying broadband Infrastructure?

What is the problem? There is an explosion in products claiming to be “broadband”, in fact many of these are mobile “midband” products. IrelandOffline examine some of the consequences of this explosion in these products. The term midband is used to describe these products as opposed to broadband as these products are really dial up substitutes and the  speeds delivered can be so variable as to make the claims of broadband less than accurate. Furthermore the headline broadband speeds quoted are the full total of “speeds” delivered from the transmitter, this bandwidth is shared amongst all users of the sector....