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22nd April, 2014 - 4:27 pm (0 Comments)

The £410 million Digital Scotland partnership with BT has, following Shetland Telecom’s local work and last year’s £26.9m deal to build 20 new fibre optic submarine cables around the Highlands and Islands (here), expanded its roll-out of “fibre broadband” (FTTC) services to premises in Lerwick on Shetland.


15th April, 2014 - 9:30 am (1 Comment)

A new grant worth £550,000 from the often criticised Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) looks set to help 9 additional villages (3,300 properties) in the south eastern county of Berkshire (England) to receive a “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) service from BT.


15th April, 2014 - 7:36 am (15 Comments)

The Rutland County Council in England appears to have almost completed the local £3m roll-out of BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network, which would make it one of the first Broadband Delivery UK supported schemes to cross the finish line. Now another 15 villages are being targeted as part of a £180,000 extension programme.


12th April, 2014 - 7:24 am (2 Comments)

The Government’s Connection Vouchers scheme, which forms part of the £150m Urban Broadband Fund (“Super-Connected Cities“) to help SME businesses install superfast broadband (30Mbps+), has now completed its roll-out to all 22 cities across the United Kingdom and reduced the minimum voucher value.


9th April, 2014 - 11:59 am (11 Comments)

A recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request, which was served upon the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has managed to extract a full copy of some recent Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) guidance; this was issued to councils in order to encourage the release of better broadband coverage maps / data and clarify the approach for alternative ISP projects.


9th April, 2014 - 8:32 am (19 Comments)

The Government’s national £1.2bn Broadband Delivery UK scheme, which aims to make fixed line superfast broadband speeds of “greater than 24Mbps” available to 95% of the population by 2017, has at the end of February 2014 passed around 370,000 homes and businesses. Meanwhile the DCMS Secretary of State, Maria Miller, has left the building and been replaced by Sajid Javid.


7th April, 2014 - 4:57 pm (1 Comment)

The Superfast Worcestershire project in England has announced that another 1,400 homes and businesses in the county will be able to get “high-speed fibre broadband” access thanks to an additional grant of £1,147,032 from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme. However the money might not be coming directly from BDUK.


7th April, 2014 - 10:11 am (65 Comments)

The challenge of bringing faster broadband connectivity to the masses is not solely a rural issue and nor is it always a matter of wealth, much as the millionaire residents of the One Hyde Park development in Knightsbridge (London) have begun to find out. Sometimes not even buying a modern £20m+ apartment will get you better than an ADSL line.


4th April, 2014 - 11:16 am (12 Comments)

The £51 million Connecting Cumbria scheme, which is rolling out BT’s superfast broadband (FTTC/P) network to over 93% of the county by the end of 2015 (last 7% to get 2Mbps+), has managed to upgrade the first part of the Lake District some 9 months ahead of schedule.


3rd April, 2014 - 3:10 pm (1 Comment)

The European Parliament’s vote today to “end [mobile] roaming charges” by Christmas 2015 and protect open access to the Internet arguably masks the real story, which is that several new amendments have introduced a clear and very specific reference for the “principle of net neutrality” (i.e. treating all Internet traffic as equal).


3rd April, 2014 - 2:02 pm (14 Comments)

The Buckinghamshire County Council in England has expanded its roll-out of BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network after an extra £775,000 was secured from the RCBF to cover 700 more homes in Cholesbury, St Leonards, Bellingdon and four villages north of Buckingham (Cholesbury Telephone Exchange).


3rd April, 2014 - 7:49 am (25 Comments)

The Prime Minister of the coalition Government, David Cameron, has joined recent calls from the Public Accounts Committee by demanding that BT “give more detail in their roll-out plans” so that rival ISP schemes can “see whether there are different ways of filling any gaps” in the planned broadband coverage.


2nd April, 2014 - 4:52 pm (9 Comments)

The Connecting Cheshire project in England has found another £643k to help boost its state aid supported £28.5 million roll-out of “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services, which will add an additional 1,000 “rural” premises to BT’s local network coverage.


2nd April, 2014 - 1:13 pm (0 Comments)

The Superfast Lancashire project in England has announced a finalized list of the next 15 communities to receive access to BT’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network under the state aid supported scheme, which intends to make the service available to 97% of local premises by the end of 2015.

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