This website is brought to you from a server in my loft. It's been that way for over a year now, I think. That is only possible, of course, because my Internet Service Provider provides a reasonably-fast, robust connection with a static IP address. For the past 18 months, Vodafone has provided such a service, for around £24 a month, using Fibre-to-the-Cabinet technology. That means that whilst Vodafone provides fibre connections to a green box/cabinet half-way up my street, the 'last mile' connection to my home is in the form of a fairly standard phone line, using DSL technology.
It's certainly been robust and reasonably cheap -and whilst the speed has been adequate, it's never been great. Downloads have usually maxed out at around 1.4MBps (Megabytes per second), with uploads at around 1MBps. Not great, but just about sufficient. [...]