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big ben, london uk parliament

26th April, 2017 - 4:55 pm (26 Comments)

The Digital Economy Bill 2017 has today effectively been approved by both houses of parliament, which means positive changes for UK broadband connectivity (10Mbps USO, compensation etc.). On the other hand the internet faces more censorship and a proposed 30Mbps USO was dropped.


25th April, 2017 - 11:16 am (1 Comment)

The 100,000 member strong Countryside Alliance, which campaigns to protect rural areas (food, farming, businesses and services), has published a new policy document on the impact of leaving the EU that calls on the UK Government to invest more money into improving broadband and mobile.


24th April, 2017 - 3:03 pm (3 Comments)

The Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has today put out three new job offers for directors’ to help oversee the implementation of their telecoms, broadband “Local Full Fibre Networks” (FTTH/P) and future 5G mobile strategy for the United Kingdom.

fibre optic fiber optic cables

12th April, 2017 - 4:07 pm (11 Comments)

The FTTH Council Europe has revised downward last year’s Comsof estimate for the cost of deploying ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) based broadband networks across the EU (currently this still includes the UK) by 2025, which makes it €137 billion (£116bn) instead of €156bn (£132bn).

europes lines of broadband fibre optic laser light

12th April, 2017 - 2:09 pm (2 Comments)

The Broadband Stakeholders Group, which acts as a think-tank for the government, has published a new report that summarises the risks and challenges of Brexit for Internet and digital communications across the United Kingdom (broadband, mobile, USO, state aid policy etc.).

Slow Broadband Speed UK Internet Download

10th April, 2017 - 11:29 am (49 Comments)

The MP for Warrington North (Cheshire, England), Helen Jones, has claimed that many residents in the area should be paid a total of £246,000 in compensation by ISPs because of the slow broadband speeds that local homes are alleged to endure. She wants Ofcom to take action.


3rd April, 2017 - 2:54 pm (9 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has confirmed that some 9,877 new housing developments, totalling more than 240,000 new premises across the United Kingdom, are so far set to benefit from new contracts that offer a “free” deployment of ultrafast 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology.

army uk military

27th March, 2017 - 2:40 pm (2 Comments)

Internet providers including BT, EE, Plusnet, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and Virgin Media have agreed not to charge Armed Forces personnel a cancellation fee for their broadband and media services, albeit only when posted overseas or to another part of the UK.

uk rural fibre optic dig

27th March, 2017 - 9:30 am (2 Comments)

A new survey of 1,465 business people from all regions of the UK, which was conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), has claimed that 18% suffer from unreliable Internet connections and firms in rural areas are “at least twice as likely to have unreliable connections” (30%).

broken broadband cable shock

24th March, 2017 - 2:16 pm (15 Comments)

A new survey of 500+ British businesses, which was commissioned by broadband ISP Beaming, has estimated that the UK economy could have lost as much as £7bn in lost productivity during 2016 because of Internet connectivity outages at 77% of businesses.

road rural countryside

24th March, 2017 - 9:27 am (0 Comments)

Ofcom has published a Draft Code of Practice to support the Government’s proposed reforms to the Electronic Communications Code (ECC), which aim to make it easier and cheaper for network operators to roll-out new broadband and telecoms infrastructure (masts, cables etc.) on public and private land.

scotland map

22nd March, 2017 - 10:53 am (5 Comments)

The Scottish Government has today published a new Digital Strategy, which among other things confirms their plan to make 30Mbps+ “superfast broadband” available to 100% of premises by 2021 via an “outside-in” approach (prioritising public investment for the hardest to reach rural areas).

entanet uk

22nd March, 2017 - 1:04 am (20 Comments)

Communications provider Entanet has criticised the House of Lords for its failure to consult with the industry before deciding to vote through a tough new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which aims to deliver a minimum download speed of 30Mbps (6Mbps upload) to all by 2020.

censorship internet button

21st March, 2017 - 11:10 am (4 Comments)

The Lords Communications Committee has today published their new report (‘Growing up with the internet‘), which calls for an end to “underperforming” self-regulation and “intervention at the highest level of the Government” in order to help protect children online.

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