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Ofcom Wants To Make Switching Broadband Providers Easier

     
2:50 pm on Sep 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Ofcom Wants To Make Switching Broadband Providers Easier [bbc.co.uk]
Telecommunications watchdog Ofcom has found that nearly half of consumers think that changing their broadband or landline provider is "too much hassle".

Ofcom is now suggesting a system in which a new provider "takes the lead" in performing the switch.

However, Ofcom notes it must protect consumers from the growing practice of "slamming" in which the switch occurs without the consumer's consent.
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I should think many consumers think that changing their broadband providers will be a pain in the neck, because - it will be!
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I can't even be bothered to change from my electric supplier for electric to my gas supplier for electric because I can't be bothered, it is more hassle than it is worth! imho..
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The one nice thing about dial-up was that if you didn't like your provider you just dialled a different provider.

The whole idea of being physically locked to your broadband provider has always struck me as being a retrograde step.
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The providers see it as a way to lock you in. The frustration caused by changing often puts people off making the move, so I completely agree with initiative from Ofcom.