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The online database which allows Brits to check whether they can get ADSL has gone skew whiff.

ADSLguide reports that BT's broadband checker started throwing out some rather odd results, such as saying people couldn't get ADSL even when they already had it installed. Then it seems the system went completely tits up.

Both the availability checker (which allows people to see if their local exchange has been upgraded to ADSL) and the pre-registration system (which enables people to register their interest for broadband in areas currently not served by a DSL-enabled exchange) are currently kaput.

A message from both checkers says: "Component/WinInet error: A connection with the server could not be established."

Update BT's broadband availability checker should be back up again early this afetrnoon, according to an official spokesman at BT.

It seems the outage was caused when the link to the database went down at around midnight last night.

BT has stressed that no data has been lost.

Which is nice. ®

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