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24th June, 2016 - 11:24 am (7 Comments)

It’s impossible to escape today’s big news, which is that the United Kingdom has voted by a tiny margin to leave the European Union. The immediate impact upon UK Internet and broadband policy will be mild, but some areas may be hit harder than others and the future beyond 2018/9 is particularly uncertain.

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23rd June, 2016 - 9:46 am (8 Comments)

Last month the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme confirmed that it had established a new EU State Aid agreement (full summary), which would support the on-going roll-out of “superfast broadband” services. The EC has now published the full text of that deal, albeit with a caveat for Leased Lines.


22nd June, 2016 - 5:43 pm (3 Comments)

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which represents 33,000 land owners from across England and Wales, has called on the Government to ensure that their forthcoming 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband includes a “legal guarantee for consumer compensation” where the speed is not met.

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22nd June, 2016 - 1:49 pm (9 Comments)

Shropshire-based broadband and telecoms provider Entanet has warned that the Government’s controversial Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), which will force ISPs to snoop on their customers, is “not clear or workable” but still “looks certain to become law within weeks.”

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20th June, 2016 - 3:14 pm (0 Comments)

A cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published the outcome from an inquiry into Internet (cyber) security, which was setup following last year’s TalkTalk hack. The report recommends a series of changes, including jail terms for “data abusers” and fines for those who “fail to report, prepare for or learn from data breaches“.

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20th June, 2016 - 1:45 pm (2 Comments)

The Competition and Markets Authority has today rejected opposing appeals by BT and TalkTalk against Ofcom’s “margin squeeze” test, which is designed to keep the incumbent operator’s FTTC (VULA) based superfast broadband prices fair. But BT did win a small victory over its compliance period.

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17th June, 2016 - 8:37 am (12 Comments)

Broadband providers Virgin Media and Cityfibre have complained that a change to the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) business rates (charges) for their network assets (e.g. any fibre optic cables that they put into the ground) is hitting them with a massive Fibre Tax hike.


17th June, 2016 - 7:53 am (0 Comments)

The Government has begun seeking proposals for its new Broadband Investment Fund (BIF), which was first announced in last year’s Autumn Statement (here) and is designed to help alternative network ISPs secure funds for building “ultrafast” (100Mbps+) broadband infrastructure.

united kingdom money map

16th June, 2016 - 4:05 pm (30 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, which has already helped to make superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services available to 90% of the UK and is now working towards 95-97% within the next few years, has confirmed that £408m of public investment is being returned for future expansion.


14th June, 2016 - 12:29 pm (0 Comments)

Virgin Media has mirrored BT’s move from earlier this year (here) by signing a new partnership deal with the Home Builder’s Federation (HBF), which should make it easier to ensure that new build homes in England and Wales are prepared for the operator’s 300Mbps coax and fibre optic broadband network.

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14th June, 2016 - 10:24 am (1 Comment)

Once again the UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today revealed the shortlist of potential winners for their annual Internet Hero and Internet Villain awards. It’s perhaps no surprise to find that people like Donald Trump (US presidential candidate) are up for the villain gong.

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14th June, 2016 - 8:27 am (2 Comments)

The European Commission has launched a new consultation that aims to devise a coordinated roll-out plan for the next generation of 5G mobile networks across its 28 EU member states, which predicts a 2019/2020 introduction. But the USA, South Korea and China are aiming to launch much sooner.


13th June, 2016 - 4:02 pm (1 Comment)

Villages in the rural Blackdown Hills, which represents a 370km2 area of natural beauty that straddles the border between Somerset and Devon in South West England, appear to have become tired of waiting for better broadband and have instead put in a bid for £4.6m from the EU to support their own plan.

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13th June, 2016 - 9:32 am (23 Comments)

The senior bosses of telecoms and broadband giant BT have joined with the leaders of the CWU and Prospect unions to issue staff with a new letter that warns about the possible impact upon their business of a vote to leave the EU, which if recent polls are to be believed may now be looking more likely.

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