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24th August, 2015 - 12:31 pm
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Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

The Scottish Government has today opened a new £9m Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) to applications, which will offer grants to help support community-led broadband projects in hard-to-reach areas.

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24th August, 2015 - 11:46 am
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Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

The Labour Party’s Shadow Culture Secretary, Chris Bryant MP, has joined the debate over Ofcom’s strategic review of the United Kingdom’s digital communications market and come down on the side of those who want to see the regulator split BT from their network access division, Openreach.

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24th August, 2015 - 9:11 am
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Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

The battle over who controls the rights to premium live TV sports content in the United Kingdom has continued today after BT announced that they had outbid Sky (Sky Broadband) to secure the exclusive broadcast rights for the Ashes series in Australia from 2016 to 2021.

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24th August, 2015 - 1:34 am

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

Owners of several new homes in the rural village of Langton Matravers (Dorset, England) have been struggling to get access to a working phone line and broadband for around three months due to a problem with blocked cable ducts on BTOpenreach’s telecoms infrastructure.

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23rd August, 2015 - 8:01 am
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Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

BT has cut the cost of their unlimited standard (up to 17Mbps ADSL2+) and superfast (up to 38Mbps FTTC Infinity) broadband packages to just £5 and £10 per month respectively for the first 12 months of service, plus they’ve also reintroduced Sainsbury’s shopping vouchers worth £75 and £125 respectively.

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22nd August, 2015 - 7:26 am
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Author: Mark Jackson | 17 Comments

Virgin Media has put the feelers out to find existing customers and small business owners whose work or “everyday lives have been made better” and or “changed” by their “ultrafast” cable broadband service. Apparently the end goal is to create a short film, which seems likely to form part of a PR exercise.

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21st August, 2015 - 2:38 pm
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Author: Mark Jackson | 33 Comments

Last year BTOpenreach revealed an interesting new technology that would have enabled them to deploy ADSL2+ (up to 20Mbps) broadband directly from FTTC street cabinets instead of telephone exchanges (here), which could push faster speeds to the most remote premises. But sadly there are no plans to deploy it.

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21st August, 2015 - 7:45 am
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Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

The Carphone Warehouse (CPW) recently suffered a massive breach of its customers personal data, which is believed to have potentially affected 2.4 million people, but not everybody seems to be aware of how this also affected other communications providers like TalkTalk.

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20th August, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Author: Mark Jackson | 10 Comments

Fibre optic developer Cityfibre has signed a new £0.6m 10-year deal that will see their network in Hull (East Yorkshire, England) being expanded even further to reach 19 hub sites for local “fibre-over-wireless” broadband ISP Connexin.

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20th August, 2015 - 11:02 am

Author: Mark Jackson | 7 Comments

The Independent Networks Co-operative Association has called on the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme to ensure that up to around £129m of reinvestment funding from clawback (gain share) be put to competitive tender rather than hand it back to BT to further enhance their “fibre broadband” coverage.

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20th August, 2015 - 9:59 am

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The Broadband Stakeholders Group, a think-tank for government policy, has announced that its Voluntary Code of Practice for protecting the Open Internet (Net Neutrality) is to be reviewed as part of Europe’s wider efforts to protect consumers from unnecessary ISP blocking of Internet content and or traffic.

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20th August, 2015 - 8:31 am

Author: Mark Jackson | 24 Comments

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has set out a new 10-point plan for boosting productivity in England’s rural areas by, among other things, amending the planning rules to allow new homes on Rural Exception Sites. But what about the need for faster broadband and mobile? We hope you like Satellite.

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19th August, 2015 - 4:04 pm
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Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

The Federation of Small Business (FSB), Blackdown Hills Business Association (BHBA) and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) have vented frustration after their views were excluded from an inquiry into the recent collapse of a major broadband expansion deal between BT and the Devon and Somerset councils.

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19th August, 2015 - 3:12 pm
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Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

In an unsurprising development it looks as if Vodafone and O2 will not achieve their original target to roll-out 4G (LTE) based Mobile Broadband network connectivity to 98% of the United Kingdom’s population by the end of 2015, although the Government doesn’t expect it to be done until 2017 anyway.

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