UK Broadband heading straight for the cliff?

Mr Saffron, the esteemed owner of ADSLguide.org.uk, UK's best known broadband website, has some words of caution about how a price war could kill UK broadband development.

The pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together and as the scramble to capture more market share guides product prices, it looks like the UK broadband market is heading straight towards a gloomy future.

As broadband is quickly becoming a commodity, there is a growing need for a new way of pricing broadband packages to reflect the real value of the line. As Mr Saffron mentioned, there are actually two kinds of service providers out there, BT and non BT serviced, with the former being almost guaranteed a slow death by customer exit due to BT’s higher pricing.

The key to broadband is not price but rather sustainability. I've been stung more than once in the past with e7even and I am still licking my swollen wounds. What's the purpose of going to the cheapest provider around only to find out that it is slow, disconnects a lot, offers crappy after sales support and takes so long to provide a refund or even reply to a query?

It is a real shame that most people - including myself - are more inclined to buy on price alone rather than on other variables like after sales or speed of the line. The sad thing is that as it stands today, service providers can offer services up to 100mbps for £10 but still only manage to deliver 1mbps without being worried.