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Several local authorities are this week expected to pick the winner(s) of their respective Local Broadband Plan (LBP) tenders, which will give them access to a slice of the £1bn+ Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) budget and bring faster internet access to more homes and businesses. But the outcome might also inflame Europe’s competition concerns.
First it was child abuse, then hate speech, then piracy, then “adult” websites and today Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health (DH), has called on broadband ISPs to increase their censorship of the internet by blocking “harmful suicide-related content online“.
Cheshire-based internet provider Vispa has extended the coverage of its superfast wireless broadband network, which offers internet download speeds of up to 60Mbps (Megabits per second), into Westbrook, Kingswood and Chapelford (Warrington, England).
The Local Government Association (LGA), which claims to be the national voice of councils across the United Kingdom, has warned that last week’s newly proposed measures to boost the roll-out of superfast broadband services by relaxing planning rules will result in a “significant erosion of people’s ability to influence their local environment“.