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computer-user

14th April, 2014 - 8:59 am (18 Comments)

If at first you don’t succeed. The Government has launched its new Digital Inclusion Charter, which marks the latest in a long list of attempts to get the 11 million adults in the United Kingdom, specifically those who “lack basic digital skills and capabilities“, to finally go online. As usual various ISPs, mobile operators and others have been roped in to join the holy war on refuseniks.

cityscape-uk

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.

dcms_superfast_broadband_britain

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.

european-union-flag

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).

prime_minister_uk_10_downing_street

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.

parliament-house-of-commons-uk

1st April, 2014 - 12:17 am (10 Comments)

The latest Public Accounts Committee report into the United Kingdom’s £1.2bn national Broadband Delivery UK project with BT, which aims to make fixed line superfast broadband (25Mbps+) speeds available to 95% of people in each local authority area by 2017, has once again poured heavy criticism upon the scheme for its alleged failings in competition and openness.

pirate-internet-piracy-flag

20th March, 2014 - 1:53 pm (4 Comments)

The Government’s Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey, has told a recent Westminster Hall debate that their efforts to introduce a controversial Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP) of Internet piracy warning letters, which would hit customers of the UKs largest broadband ISPs, “may be up and running before the end of the year“.

budget_united_kingdom

19th March, 2014 - 1:44 pm (5 Comments)

The Government’s Chancellor, George Osborne, today set out his annual Budget 2014 report for the United Kingdom. Unfortunately anybody hoping for a significant boost to broadband investment, outside of what has already been announced, would have been very disappointed. In fact “broadband” is only mentioned once.

banned_and_forbidden_uk_internet_censorship

19th March, 2014 - 8:24 am (5 Comments)

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Government’s related department, has published its latest (6th) Online Safety report and found that website blocking by UK ISPs was “highly unlikely to be a suitable approach” for tackling adult pornography or violent material on the Internet.

europe-digital-agenda

18th March, 2014 - 10:36 am (3 Comments)

The European Parliament’s ITRE Industry Committee has this morning voted in favour of the new Telecoms Single Market Regulation, which proposes a raft of changes including measures to protect open Internet access from abuse by ISPs (Net Neutrality), ending EU mobile roaming charges, coordinating spectrum for wireless/mobile operators and various other measures like easier switching between broadband providers.

labour-political-party-uk

13th March, 2014 - 1:24 pm (6 Comments)

The British Labour Party appears to be starting its fight for the 2015 General Election early by launching a Digital Government review, which among other things will aim to update the relevant parts of their 2009 Digital Britain report that helped begin the national broadband roll-out strategy. But will broadband even play a part?

complaint-form-uk-isp-adr-ofcom-broadband

13th March, 2014 - 8:06 am (3 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association has called for changes to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process that could address the problem of “vexatious” consumer complaints and, in relation to that, situations where broadband ISPs pay hundreds of pounds in ADR fees despite winning their case.

5g_uk_mobile_broadband

10th March, 2014 - 8:15 am (17 Comments)

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, has joined forces with Germany to develop the next generation of ultrafast 5G based Mobile Broadband technology, which will apparently only take “one second” to download an 800MB (MegaByte) film. In reality, it won’t be quite that fast.

children-internet-surfing

7th March, 2014 - 8:05 am (45 Comments)

NFU Mutual, the farming friendly financial advice and insurance firm, has warned in a new study of 1,600 UK adults that 1 in 5 families have struggled to access online resources for their children’s schoolwork because of poor broadband connections. As usual, rural areas are likely to be the worst hit.

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