Possibly fast, definitely shit

I had chalked UK ISP Fasthosts down as a company that cravenly but understandably backed down to Alisher Usmanov, and that might have learned lessons from that debacle.

But in fact, it turns out that they’re just a bunch of cunts who’ll pull your website for no good reason, without checking whether any claims made against it are actually true. Not even true in the “is that thing he said libellous?” sense, but in the “does he actually have a link going there?” sense.

If you use them, don’t. If you’re thinking of setting up a website with them, don’t. If you’re thinking of setting up any kind of content-based website in the UK, unless you absolutely need it to be UK-based for legal reasons, don’t. Not all UK ISPs are cunts like Fasthosts, but they’re all subject to [*] UK libel law – and at current dollar rates, US ones are cheaper anyway.

Update: and they lose your email
[*] yes, I know everyone on the Internet is subject to UK libel law, but US ISPs tend to either have no assets in the UK and therefore not give a fuck, or be very big and therefore slightly less scared of Fancy Lawyers.

3 thoughts on “Possibly fast, definitely shit

  1. Nikkle says:

    They’re definitely shit. I had the pleasure of being fucked about by their ISP, EFH broadband, for a whole year before I was able to escape my contract. Two weeks with no internet, no customer service and no apology was followed by promises of refunds, but none forthcoming. Add to that general rudeness, intermittent blackouts and billing problems that left me paying over £100 in one go at the end of my contract just so I could get rid of them, and I’m not surprised they are just as useless in other areas.

  2. Chris says:

    Yes I can conform that Fasthosts are still shit. They have upgraded servers and as a result my ecommerce site is without email for 4 days now and all they say is that their engineers are swamped. Can’t fix the problem, not looking, not bothered. That pretty much sums them up.

    Another rat leaving a sinking shop

  3. Chris says:

    Yes I can conform that Fasthosts are still shit. They have upgraded servers and as a result my ecommerce site is without email for 4 days now and all they say is that their engineers are swamped. Can’t fix the problem, not looking, not bothered. That pretty much sums them up.

    Another rat leaving a sinking shop

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