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24th May, 2016 - 2:19 pm (0 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK project has proposed a revised Code of Conduct for tackling ‘Use of Existing Infrastructure‘, which clarifies that any ISP who bids for a contract must provide information for all their relevant infrastructure (irrespective of whether it’s actually used) in the target area.

5g mobile broadband

20th May, 2016 - 11:24 am (2 Comments)

The National Infrastructure Commission has launched an 8-week consultation on the future deployment of 5G based Mobile Broadband services across the United Kingdom, which seeks to understand what the service will deliver and how many barriers might get in its way (cost, legal, planning etc.).


19th May, 2016 - 2:02 pm (0 Comments)

The European Commission has today published guidance on when public spending falls within, and outside, the scope of EU State Aid control. The new guidance doesn’t specifically change the way in which we already understand state aid to be applied to broadband infrastructure, but some may find its clarification(s) useful.

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19th May, 2016 - 11:37 am (27 Comments)

The Government’s £1.7bn Broadband Delivery UK project, which aims to expand fixed “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) cover to 95% of the United Kingdom by 2017/18 (possibly rising to 97% by 2019), has issued its latest progress update to confirm that 3.84 million extra premises have now benefited.

the queen uk

18th May, 2016 - 12:18 pm (3 Comments)

The annual State Opening of Parliament, in which the Queen is forced to wear unreasonably heavy head gear while robotically listing Government policy for the next 12 months, confirms that a 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband is on the way and we can all expect to be spied upon.

City of london square mile united kingdom

18th May, 2016 - 8:30 am (9 Comments)

Is it Europe’s fault that some urban areas in the United Kingdom still have to suffer poor broadband? At least one newspaper appears to think so and is blaming the issue entirely on restrictive EU state aid rules, albeit while completely ignoring the natural responsibility of private sector operators.


17th May, 2016 - 2:37 pm (5 Comments)

The Government has today published its proposals for a revised Electronic Communications Code (ECC), which could attract anger from private land owners by making it easier and cheaper for fixed line broadband and mobile providers to access and build new infrastructure on their property.

uk church in burghill

16th May, 2016 - 10:08 am (6 Comments)

Reports suggest that the Church of England (CoE) has offered to help boost rural broadband connectivity by opening up access to 10,000 of their churches so that alternative wireless network providers can install their kit on top.


16th May, 2016 - 8:02 am (18 Comments)

A new “all-industry coalition“, which represents alternative network providers and major UK players like Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and Vodafone, has today put pressure on Ofcom to deliver on its Strategic Review by publishing a plan that sets out how they think the regulator should deliver a better and more independent Openreach.

data centre network cables uk

13th May, 2016 - 2:30 pm (10 Comments)

As first promised in February 2016, the Government’s culture (DCMS) and business (BIS) departments have today jointly opened a new consultation, which seeks to understand “what barriers businesses are facing in accessing superfast broadband.”

Television iptv video streaming uk

13th May, 2016 - 1:53 pm (3 Comments)

Rights holders will be pleased to learn that a leaked draft of the European Commission’s new Digital Single Market policy, which is expected to be published before the end of May 2016, looks set to exempt video streaming providers (e.g. Netflix) from the plan to ban geo-blocking of online content.

broadband funded by uk government

12th May, 2016 - 1:24 pm (5 Comments)

As expected the Government’s new proposal for the BBC’s next Charter confirms that it “will phase out the protections for broadband ([worth] £150 million a year)” because these public policy interventions “will no longer be required.” But a bit of extra funding will be available until 2020/21.

virgin media 2014 uk logo

11th May, 2016 - 8:00 am (2 Comments)

The CEO of Liberty Global, which owns cable operator Virgin Media in the United Kingdom, has joined French telecoms firm Illiad SA (here) by indicating that they too would have an interest in O2 (Telefonica UK) if the operator suddenly came up for sale again.

farming uk rural areas

10th May, 2016 - 1:44 pm (29 Comments)

A new report from the National Farmers Union, which states that Farming underwrites the food and drink industry and is worth £103m to the UK economy each year, has joined the chorus of groups criticising the Government over fears that rural areas will not benefit from “superfast broadband“.

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