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27th October, 2016 - 12:01 am (0 Comments)

The Confederation of British Industry, which speaks on behalf of 190,000 UK businesses, has today added its voice to the growing chorus of people calling on the Government to use next month’s Autumn Statement 2016 as a platform to boost investment in digital infrastructure (broadband etc.).

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26th October, 2016 - 1:56 pm (0 Comments)

The Essex County Council (ECC) and Superfast Essex project have recently introduced a new Community Wi-Fi Scheme, which offers small grants to help local communities to setup a public WiFi network via community hubs (village hall, community centre etc.).


24th October, 2016 - 2:26 pm (9 Comments)

The Connect8 campaign, which has been fighting to bring faster broadband to eight rural villages in South Oxfordshire (Howe Hill, Britwell Hill, Cookley Green, Greenfield, Park Corner, Pishill with Stonor, Russells Water and Swyncombe), appears to be seeing some positive progress.


20th October, 2016 - 7:42 am (9 Comments)

The Local Government Association, which supports councils from all over England and Wales, has called for the proposed 10Mbps broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) to include a subsidised “social tariff” so that those who are unemployed or on low incomes can get an affordable service.


19th October, 2016 - 1:12 pm (37 Comments)

The Government’s Digital Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, appeared to send all the right signals today when he told the ‘Broadband World Forum’ in London that “gigabit speeds” and pure fibre optic (FTTP/H) connectivity “is the future” that he wanted, with specific help for alternative networks.


17th October, 2016 - 9:13 am (28 Comments)

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which represents thousands of businesses of all sizes and sectors, has told the Government that it should make use of low UK interest rates to help soften the impact from Brexit by investing in broadband, housing and reform of business rates.


14th October, 2016 - 8:34 am (7 Comments)

The West Sussex County Council has proposed a new “Gigabit West Sussex” framework that will shortly start seeking suppliers to help it “bring ultrafast [FTTP/H broadband] to as many parts of the County as possible,” starting with a contract to deploy a new Dark Fibre network in Adur & Worthing.


10th October, 2016 - 10:32 am (28 Comments)

The European Commission has published a new Analysys Mason study that examines the cost of, among other things, providing 1Gbps capable fixed line broadband connections to all residential areas across the 28 EU member states, which for now still includes the United Kingdom.


5th October, 2016 - 2:50 pm (10 Comments)

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has this afternoon hinted at the Conservative Party conference that she anticipates making a bigger state intervention to improve areas like rural broadband connectivity, energy and transport. But does this suggest something new or is it merely a rehash of existing strategy.

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29th September, 2016 - 3:02 pm (1 Comment)

The Government’s new Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark, seems to have gone off-message after he told an annual conference for the Institute of Directors (IoD) that the United Kingdom’s mobile and broadband connectivity was in a “simply unacceptable” state for 2016.


22nd September, 2016 - 11:37 am (43 Comments)

The CEO of Openreach (BT), Clive Selley, has today given a progress update on their plans to improve national broadband connectivity. Among other things this included improvements to their FTTP roll-out for new build homes, a list of trial locations for the 10Mbps USO focused LR-VDSL technology and a huge extension of their G.fast pilot to 138,000 UK premises.

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21st September, 2016 - 12:29 pm (3 Comments)

The European Commission has today proposed a revised Fair Use Policy (FUP) for their plan to end EU mobile roaming charges from 15th June 2017 (i.e. any call, text or data allowances will come from your domestic plan), which replaces the one that was withdrawn almost as soon as it was announced.

5G Mobile Wireless Radio Mast

19th September, 2016 - 2:48 pm (6 Comments)

The recently departed CEO of mobile operator O2 (Telefonica UK), Ronan Dunne, has warned that the Government’s new Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 is not radical enough to cope with the possibility of 500,000 applications for small new 5G masts.. and that’s just in London.

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19th September, 2016 - 11:38 am (3 Comments)

Network Rail appears to have shelved a plan that would have seen the national railway operator effectively privatise their large track-side fibre optic and data infrastructure, which carries all sorts of transport, video (CCTV etc.), signalling and others communications.

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