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united kingdom money map

29th January, 2015 - 2:30 pm (4 Comments)

The government has today announced that they intend to invest a further £1 billion into 39 Local Growth Deals with businesses and local authorities across England, which among other things will help to roll-out superfast broadband connectivity to even more homes and businesses.

superfast cornwall

29th January, 2015 - 11:31 am (1 Comment)

The Government’s Minister for Rural Affairs, Dan Rogerson (LibDem), will later today launch a new Growth Deal for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in England that will confirm the Local Authorities existing plan to push “fibre broadband” coverage from the current target of 95% to over 99%.

margaret_hodge_labour_pac

28th January, 2015 - 4:20 pm (34 Comments)

The Public Accounts Committee, which holds some responsibility for examining the Government’s public expenditure, has today hosted a third session in order to examine if any progress has been made on their prior recommendations for the joint state aid supported BT and Broadband Delivery UK rollout of superfast broadband.

united kingdom

28th January, 2015 - 9:27 am (22 Comments)

The National Audit Office has, in anticipation of today’s Public Accounts Committee event, published a useful report into its views on how effective the joint BT and Broadband Delivery UK scheme has been in terms of its costs, coverage and competition. The report finds that BT’s Phase 1 deployment is running “ahead of schedule” and BDUK predicts total savings of approximately £72m by 2017-18, which could be reinvested.

internet_privacy_and_security_uk_isp

23rd January, 2015 - 8:37 am (14 Comments)

Opponents of the Government’s plan to revive the twice failed Internet Snooping law, which would force ISPs into logging a much bigger slice of everybody’s online activity and also make it more accessible to security services, are crying foul after dirty politics resulted in 18 pages of new law being snuck into the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) at the last minute.. and without the promised judicial oversight (safeguard).

wireless broadband rural uk mast

22nd January, 2015 - 10:58 am (1 Comment)

The Country Land and Business Association, which represents thousands of landowners from across England and Wales, appears to have partially won its recent complaint against the Government’s proposal to regulate the price that landowners can charge telecoms operators for access to their land.

westminster uk government

21st January, 2015 - 9:21 am (13 Comments)

The Westminster City Council in central London has added its voice to the growing calls for local businesses to be given access to better broadband connectivity, which comes after it was earlier revealed by Ofcom that only 47% of the city’s premises have access to “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) speeds.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

19th January, 2015 - 9:36 am (12 Comments)

A new YouGov survey of 1,647 adults across Great Britain, which was conducted at the end of last week, has indicated that 53% of people support calls for a tougher Internet Snooping law that would log and supply more of your private communications data (e.g. email, website, Skype access logs etc.) to the security services. But happily most oppose the recent calls for a ban on encryption.

scotland uk regions map

16th January, 2015 - 8:25 am (54 Comments)

Alistair Carmichael, the MP for two of north Scotland’s most remote island communities (Orkney and Shetland) and the UK’s Secretary of State for Scotland, has called upon the Scottish Government and BT to publish a more detailed roll-out plan for the on-going deployment of “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) connectivity on the islands.

storms_united_kingdom_weather

15th January, 2015 - 2:00 pm (17 Comments)

During an interesting exchange in the House of Commons today the Government’s Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey, successfully managed to dodge a question about the likelihood of the Government’s 95% superfast broadband (24Mbps+) coverage target, which is due to complete by 2017, seemingly slipping into 2018 or possibly later.

fsb_uk

15th January, 2015 - 8:16 am (15 Comments)

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has today warned of a “two-speed digital economy” after it published the results of new research, which found that 49% of rural small businesses are dissatisfied with the quality of their broadband service and this falls away significantly to just 28% for similar firms based in urban areas.

cut_cables_torn_apart

13th January, 2015 - 5:54 pm (2 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has felt it necessary to respond after the Prime Minister, David Cameron, created another storm by using last week’s Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris (France) as a basis to demand tough new Internet surveillance powers and, some believe, to call for a ban on the use of encryption.

wireless_rural_uk_mast

13th January, 2015 - 11:53 am (6 Comments)

The Country Land and Business Association, which represents tens of thousands of landowners across both England and Wales, appears to have reversed its earlier support for the Government’s plan to improve geographic mobile network coverage (2G, 3G and 4G). At the heart of the problem is a change to regulate the price that landowners can charge telecoms operators for access.

children internet surfing

12th January, 2015 - 11:04 am (4 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has today published its 3rd survey into the use and effectiveness of Internet safety measures, such as the network-level filtering (Parental Control) tools that were last year introduced by all of the largest broadband ISPs to help block “adult content” from young eyes.

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