Folks, Is anyone an "expert" on the copper wire that is buried in the ground that provides us with ADSL & Telephony services? Reason I ask is that when I built this house, the Downer Engineering contractor turned up earlier than booked and laid the phone lines. Unfortunately for me, when the plumbers were finishing off they broke the phone lines. They were repaired and we proceeded to move in. When I had the ADSL connected here 1500/256 it was slow, real bloody slow, unusable in fact. I complained and a Telstra tech came out and inspected the phone line after I insisted that it be checked due to the break/repair. He found the repair was dodgy and full of water. He repaired the phone line and my speed returned. Hovering around the 1.2MB/s mark. I then upgraded to the ADSL+ service the 8000/1500? plan. I was getting around the 4.5MB/s which was a shit load faster than my 1.2 that I was on previously. I decided to go to ADSL2+ about a week ago but my speed did not increase, in fact it went backwards slightly initially. After much mucking around with the modem, I've managed to get a stable connection and one that is around the 4.5-4.9MB/s with a 15ms ping result and an upload of 0.88MB/s. Long winded, I know, sorry, but......... Now my question is, when the copper was broken, it obviously wasn't cut with a pair of side cutters. It was dug up and therefore stretched until it broke. So for those that are in the know, will this affect my speed? Will the stretch in the copper affect the way the little 1's and 0's flow along the line? I guess ultimately I'd like Telstra to replace the copper in the ground so I can eliminate that as being a factor in the lack of speed. I'm happy to accept the piss poor speed if every variable has been looked at. Anyone have any advice, thoughts, ideas etc.?????