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24th August, 2015 - 11:46 am (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.


20th August, 2015 - 11:02 am (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.


20th August, 2015 - 9:59 am (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.


20th August, 2015 - 8:31 am (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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18th August, 2015 - 3:29 pm (3 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media Business has been awarded preferred supplier status in all ten categories of the Government’s new Network Service Framework (NSF), which is expected to attract more than £500 million of public sector ICT spend by the end of this year.

internet politics

17th August, 2015 - 8:39 am (27 Comments)

The Superfast Worcestershire (England) project, which is rolling out “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) to 95% of the county by summer 2018 (94% will get “superfast” 24Mbps+ speeds), has been criticised again for low-uptake and giving up to £8.5m of public funding to prop up BT’s commercial business.

uk region map

12th August, 2015 - 12:02 am (12 Comments)

The Government’s £1.7bn (public funding) Broadband Delivery UK project, which is primarily working with BT to make fixed line superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services available to 95% of the United Kingdom by 2017/18, has confirmed that 3 million homes and businesses can now benefit from its effort.

scotland uk regions map

10th August, 2015 - 9:59 am (5 Comments)

The Southern Uplands Partnership (SUP) has launched a new survey for those who live in rural communities along Scotland’s southern border region, which they hope will help to identify the areas that are most in need of better broadband connectivity and thus public funding support.

broadband funded by uk government

10th August, 2015 - 8:52 am (6 Comments)

The government’s Broadband Delivery UK project, which is responsible for overseeing the national £1.7bn publicly funded roll-out of fixed line superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services to 95% of people by 2017/18, spent £5.041 million of its budget on publicity (adverts) during the six months from September 2014 to February 2015.

farming uk rural areas

4th August, 2015 - 2:34 pm (14 Comments)

The National Farmers Union (NFU), which represents 55,000 members across England and Wales (around 70% of full time farmers support the NFU), has launched a major new survey of its members in order to find out how many are suffering from a poor fixed line broadband service or mobile signal.

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30th July, 2015 - 9:25 am (27 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK project, which is predominantly working with BT to deploy superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to 95% of the United Kingdom by 2017/18, has confirmed that the take-up rate of their roll-out has exceeded the forecast and as a result they’ve activated their clawback mechanism to reinvest up to £129m.


28th July, 2015 - 2:21 pm (1 Comment)

The Government has announced that tier 1 local authorities can now apply for a slice of £7.1 million in public funding, which is designed to help them ensure that all public libraries in England can offer free wireless (WiFi) Internet access to visitors by March 2016.

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28th July, 2015 - 1:28 pm (19 Comments)

A House of Commons Select Committee for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched yet another inquiry into the national Broadband Delivery UK programme, which will focus on the coverage, delivery and speed of superfast broadband and mobile connectivity across the UK.

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24th July, 2015 - 10:36 am (21 Comments)

The Director of Strategy for ITS Technology, David Cullen, has said that the CEO of national UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, Sharon White, was wrong to tell MPs that those living in the final 5% of the country are “not going to get” fibre broadband style connectivity to improve their Internet access.

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