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19th July, 2016 - 3:39 pm (3 Comments)

A leaked draft of a new report from the European Commission has revealed that the EU intends to set a new target for broadband and mobile coverage, which will aim to ensure that “all European households” can get a minimum Internet download speed of 100Mbps (Megabits per second) by 2025.

internet privacy and censorship

19th July, 2016 - 10:49 am (2 Comments)

The Advocate General for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has said that the UK Government’s ‘Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act’ (DRIP), which is a temporary precursor to the new Internet spying ‘Investigatory Powers Bill’ (IPBill), “may be compatible with EU law“.. with “strict” safeguards.


19th July, 2016 - 8:53 am (55 Comments)

The cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into the coverage and performance of “superfast broadband” in the United Kingdom has today published its outcome, which heavily criticises BT for “over-reliance” on its old copper network, “significantly” under investing in Openreach and their “lack of ambition” towards rolling out ultrafast FTTP/H services.


18th July, 2016 - 12:51 pm (0 Comments)

Satellite Internet, which supplies Satellite based broadband connectivity using the SES (ASTRA) platform, has welcomed a revision to the Government’s “2Mbps to all” broadband support scheme that means subsidies are “now being passed directly” to those who actually deliver the service (i.e. ISPs).

internet privacy and security uk isp

15th July, 2016 - 9:55 am (3 Comments)

Brace for political double-speak. The Minister for Defence, Earl Howe, has reignited concerns that the Government’s controversial Investigatory Powers Bill could force UK ISPs and Internet content providers to weaken end-to-end encryption services by saying they may have to “develop and maintain a technical capability to remove encryption.”

Karen Bradley MP UK

14th July, 2016 - 5:10 pm (12 Comments)

It’s all change. The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appointed the MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, Karen Bradley, to be her new Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which among other things oversees the Broadband Delivery UK project and telecoms matters.

gbp uk internet money pile

14th July, 2016 - 11:41 am (0 Comments)

Some 124 eligible small and medium sized businesses in Telford and Wrekin (Shropshire, England) could soon be offered an average level of grant payment worth £15,000 per business (ranging from £7,000 to £25,000), which will help them to get a superfast broadband service installed.

entanet uk

13th July, 2016 - 9:08 am (3 Comments)

Entanet has called for the new UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, to sack the Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey. The ISP claims that Ed is “failing to engage adequately” with ISPs and suffers from a “lack of experience” in the telecoms field, which they believe means he has “not been effective“.


7th July, 2016 - 1:36 pm (4 Comments)

Sky Broadband has today followed up last year’s promise (here) by becoming the first major ISP in the United Kingdom enable network-level filtering by default for all new subscribers when they sign-up (i.e. Parental Controls that block access to “adult” websites).

westminster uk government

5th July, 2016 - 4:16 pm (5 Comments)

Compensations for faults with your Internet connection, a Universal Service Obligation to ensure everybody can get a minimum broadband ISP speed of 10Mbps and more protection for consumers from spam email, these are just some of the big changes being outlined today in the Government’s new Digital Economy Bill.


5th July, 2016 - 1:50 am (12 Comments)

Two councillors for the Bath and North East Somerset area in England, Karen Walker and Sarah Bevan, have claimed that around 70 homes in the large village of Peasedown St John have been left without an upgrade to BT’s FTTC based “fibre broadband” network because of an “administrative error.”

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1st July, 2016 - 1:01 am (0 Comments)

From today EU member states, which for now still includes the United Kingdom, are required to adopt the new Broadband Cost Reduction Directive (2014/61/EU) that will push for all newly constructed buildings to be equipped with “high-speed” ready broadband infrastructure.


28th June, 2016 - 10:35 am (0 Comments)

The Government’s plan to introduce a new legally-binding 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband has been criticised by the Rural Services Network, which described the proposal as “disappointing” and highlighted further dissatisfaction with the “right to request” approach.


24th June, 2016 - 11:24 am (8 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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