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3rd March, 2015 - 2:15 pm (0 Comments)

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), which advises the Government on matters of fast Internet connectivity, has warned that the recent calls for broadband to be officially identified as a utility service may be misguided.

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2nd March, 2015 - 10:08 am (16 Comments)

The UK Government’s Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, has revealed that the Superfast Cymru project has now helped an additional 345,000 homes and businesses in Wales to receive BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network, which is roughly half-way to the current completion target of 690,000+ by the end of spring 2016 (96% coverage).

northern ireland uk

2nd March, 2015 - 9:00 am (5 Comments)

The on-going Northern Ireland Broadband Improvement Project (NIBIP), which only began one year ago, appears to have been boosted by another £17 million investment in order to help bring BT’s faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) connectivity to an additional 38,000 premises.

broadband funded by uk government

2nd March, 2015 - 8:05 am (20 Comments)

Major national infrastructure projects, specifically those like the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme that are being backed by public funding from the central Government of the United Kingdom, will soon be adorned by a new “Funded by the UK Government” plague and Union Jack flag. But not everybody is happy.


26th February, 2015 - 9:05 am (7 Comments)

A new report from Audit Scotland, which works to ensure that public money in Scotland is used properly, has revealed more details about the actual coverage, funding and broadband speed expectations of the country’s £410 Million Digital Scotland roll-out programme with BT.

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23rd February, 2015 - 8:09 am (8 Comments)

The Cheltenham Borough Council in Gloucestershire (England) will on Thursday consider a proactive motion that would require future planning applications for new developments to include provision for the delivery of “high-speed/super-fast broadband“, which is something that far too many new builds continue to overlook.


18th February, 2015 - 7:51 am (47 Comments)

The Digital Durham project in England, which includes Gateshead, Tees Valley, Sunderland and currently aims to make BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network available to 98% of local premises by September 2016 (96% will get “superfast” speeds of 24Mbps+), has signed a second contract that should push the network coverage near to the magic 100% mark.

wales uk map

17th February, 2015 - 11:07 am (34 Comments)

The Welsh Government appears to have posted an official tender for their Superfast Cymru “Infill Project“, which will look to extend the reach of superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services to beyond the current target(s).

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17th February, 2015 - 9:59 am (7 Comments)

The House of Lords, specifically their Digital Skills Committee, has today published a new report and warned that the United Kingdom is at a “tipping point” because it hasn’t fully addressed the “significant digital skills shortage“. One of the proposed remedies for this is to define the Internet as a utility service, “available for all to access and use“.


16th February, 2015 - 2:05 pm (12 Comments)

A new report suggests that the recently announced £45.5m extension to the Connecting Devon and Somerset project, which will make superfast broadband (24Mbps+) speeds available to even more local premises, very nearly didn’t go ahead after BT initially refused to bid. The move gave the council little option but to sign an exclusive deal with BT, instead of pursuing a more open tender.


13th February, 2015 - 2:23 pm (27 Comments)

The European Commission has approved a further 18 Rural Development Programmes (worth around £10.6bn between now and 2020), which among other things will be used to improve the competitiveness of the EU’s farming sector and upgrade broadband connectivity for rural areas. Some £2,568m of the total (3.56%) will be allocated by the EU to projects in England.


11th February, 2015 - 12:09 pm (0 Comments)

The Cumbria County Council has approved an additional public funding boost of £5.6m in order to expand the coverage of superfast broadband (24Mbps+) from the current target of 93% by 2015 to 95% by 2017. The contract will now go out to tender, although BT looks certain to win it.

wales uk counties map

11th February, 2015 - 9:02 am (24 Comments)

Fibre optic infrastructure developer CityFibre, which recently announced plans to build a new fibre optic Public Sector Network in the city of Newport (here), has criticised business broadband connectivity in Wales as being “not fit for purpose” because, they claim, the “copper networks that were laid generations ago” are still holding the country back.

london uk broadband internet city

11th February, 2015 - 8:17 am (0 Comments)

The Government’s Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, has hinted of his tentative expectation that the European Commission might soon relax their rules governing the use of state aid in cities. Such a move would make it easier to upgrade urban broadband Internet infrastructure and there are signs that the EC might indeed be planning just such a U-turn.

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