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30th July, 2015 - 9:25 am (27 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK project, which is predominantly working with BT to deploy superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to 95% of the United Kingdom by 2017/18, has confirmed that the take-up rate of their roll-out has exceeded the forecast and as a result they’ve activated their clawback mechanism to reinvest up to £129m.


28th July, 2015 - 2:21 pm (1 Comment)

The Government has announced that tier 1 local authorities can now apply for a slice of £7.1 million in public funding, which is designed to help them ensure that all public libraries in England can offer free wireless (WiFi) Internet access to visitors by March 2016.

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28th July, 2015 - 1:28 pm (19 Comments)

A House of Commons Select Committee for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched yet another inquiry into the national Broadband Delivery UK programme, which will focus on the coverage, delivery and speed of superfast broadband and mobile connectivity across the UK.

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24th July, 2015 - 10:36 am (21 Comments)

The Director of Strategy for ITS Technology, David Cullen, has said that the CEO of national UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, Sharon White, was wrong to tell MPs that those living in the final 5% of the country are “not going to get” fibre broadband style connectivity to improve their Internet access.

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23rd July, 2015 - 11:08 pm (16 Comments)

The Government is allegedly anticipating that it will need another £500m to bring superfast broadband (24Mbps+) connectivity to the final 5% of premises across the United Kingdom, which may well be achieved through a new “levy” (TAX) on broadband ISPs. Warning, we’ve been here before.

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22nd July, 2015 - 2:36 pm (2 Comments)

The Government appears to be carrying out its £7.4 million funding commitment for public libraries in England (March 2015 Budget), which pledged to “support libraries” by providing them with Internet access and WiFi connectivity.

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22nd July, 2015 - 1:16 pm (20 Comments)

The CEO of the United Kingdom’s communications regulator, Sharon White, has told a Culture, Media and Sport Committee in Parliament that in her view those who live in the final 5% of premises that have yet to benefit from superfast broadband will not get “fibre” connectivity. “We are not going to get there through fibre,” said White.

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17th July, 2015 - 10:15 am (1 Comment)

The Government’s plan to introduce tougher Internet snooping laws has suffered a setback after the High Court ruled that key parts of the temporary Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIP), which is due to be replaced by the end of 2016 with a more controversial and extensive law, are unlawful.

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15th July, 2015 - 12:16 pm (4 Comments)

The Government is nearly ready to join with Rights Holders and four of the country’s largest broadband ISPs to kick off a major “multi-media education campaign“, which will encourage Internet users to “do the right thing” and use legal services instead of piracy. Warning letters (email alerts) will also be sent to some broadband subscribers.

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15th July, 2015 - 6:00 am (4 Comments)

The GLA Conservatives, which represent the Conservative members on the London Assembly, have today used data from Ofcom to claim that 341,592 residents in inner London are without modern “high-speed Internet access” and the city is one of the “worst capitals” in Europe for broadband speed – “behind Paris, Bucharest, Dublin and Kiev“.

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14th July, 2015 - 2:52 pm (37 Comments)

The Government’s Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, has promised to make it “absolutely clear” where superfast broadband will be delivered during the coming autumn and he will publish a firm plan for reaching the final 5% “before the end of the year“. But he also asked colleagues to stop their “long whinge” against the project.

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11th July, 2015 - 6:17 am (4 Comments)

The Government has published a new document that very roughly sets out some of the legislation that will be made over the coming months and years in order to ensure the delivery of “world-class digital infrastructure in every part of the UK“. Some of the measures include plans to allow taller mobile masts and reduce fibre broadband deployment costs.

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9th July, 2015 - 2:02 pm (0 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has warned that Europe’s attempts to introduce a new Digital Single Market strategy by the end of 2016, which covers everything from tackling “illegal” Internet content to boosting investment in faster broadband or mobile networks, is in “serious danger” of missing its target.

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9th July, 2015 - 9:21 am (4 Comments)

Security firms F-Secure and Mandalorian Security Services have teamed up to show how risky public WiFi hotspots can be, which they did by hacking into the Internet surfing activities of three politicians (David Davis MP, Mary Honeyball MEP and Lord Strasburger) while they were connected in London.

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