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21st November, 2014 - 11:26 am (0 Comments)

The Welsh Government has announced the launch of a new Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher scheme that will provide assistance of up to £10,000 towards the capital costs of helping firms in Wales to install a broadband service offering speeds of more than 100Mbps (Megabits per second), albeit only applicable to businesses in Enterprise and Local Growth Zones.

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20th November, 2014 - 9:43 am (14 Comments)

Residents of Dolphinholme village in Lancashire report that BT’s engineers have returned to resume their state aid fuelled deployment of 330Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology in the area, which is despite B4RN’s community funded 1000Mbps FTTP service being deployed to homes on one of the exact same streets.

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20th November, 2014 - 8:30 am (8 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s primary four Mobile Network Operators (MNO), including EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three UK, are preparing to make a counter proposal to the Government’s demand for a national roaming policy that would see investment boosted in order to build new masts and improve coverage.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

19th November, 2014 - 10:18 am (1 Comment)

The board of the United Kingdom’s communications regulator, Ofcom, has so far failed to find a replacement for their current CEO, Ed Richards, in time for his departure next month. So in the meantime they’ve appointed an acting Chief Executive, Steve Unger, to hold the position until the right candidate can be found.

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17th November, 2014 - 8:17 am (5 Comments)

The European Commission’s (EC) new Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger, has hinted that he might be about to adopt a distinctly less pro-consumer position on home broadband services and open access network flexibility than the person that he is effectively replacing, Neelie Kroes.

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14th November, 2014 - 3:11 pm (12 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s largest four broadband ISPs, including BT, Virgin Media, Sky Broadband and TalkTalk, have reached an agreement with the Government to block their customers from accessing terrorist and extremist material on the Internet. The ISPs will also offer a reporting button so that the public can notify providers when new sites crop up (we’re sure nobody will spam that with comical suggestions).

City of london square mile united kingdom

14th November, 2014 - 9:41 am (12 Comments)

The City of London Corporation, which in July criticised BT for an “unacceptable” failure to make superfast broadband available to SME businesses within the heart of London’s Square Mile (here), has said they’re still “fed up” with being ignored by the operator and have thus committed to resolve the local connectivity problems themselves.

uk_fibre_optic_cable_trench_jfdi

14th November, 2014 - 8:34 am (1 Comment)

The Government has responded to a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request by revealing a breakdown of both successful and unsuccessful bids to their much criticised £20m Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF), which originally set out to help rural areas (i.e. in the last 10% of England) gain access to superfast broadband (24Mbps+).

entanet uk

13th November, 2014 - 2:30 am (3 Comments)

Networking and broadband provider Entanet has criticised the new boss of the Government’s Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Robert Hannigan, after he called for a new “deal” between the technology industry and intelligence organisations to help snoop on UK Internet and telephone communications

uk internet isp discussion

4th November, 2014 - 8:48 am (5 Comments)

Several professors from the London School of Economics (LSE), specifically its Media Policy division, have claimed that the national communications regulator, Ofcom, still has “not grasped the interests of citizens” and needs to do more in order to recognise the “other dimensions” of a networked society and the “vital role of communications” in a healthy democracy.

cable duct messy

3rd November, 2014 - 8:42 am (19 Comments)

A new report from the EEF trade association, which claims to champion manufacturing and engineering in the United Kingdom and Europe, has highlighted the problem of “deteriorating confidence” in wide areas of the country’s infrastructure, especially the road networks, broadband connectivity and energy supply.

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3rd November, 2014 - 8:01 am (9 Comments)

The Government’s Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, will this week shun objections by the United Kingdom’s largest mobile network operators (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three UK) when he launches a new consultation on proposals that could force the operators to improve mobile reception in rural areas through greater sharing of key infrastructure (wireless masts etc.).

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1st November, 2014 - 7:47 am (50 Comments)

A Commons Select Committee for the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a new inquiry that will examine the current broadband coverage in rural areas. It will also look at the “Assisted Digital” (i.e. Digital by Default) support being offered to isolated communities and farmers who struggle to get online.

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30th October, 2014 - 4:11 pm (16 Comments)

Politicians, love them or hate them, they’ll often turn even a sane person barmy and that certainly seems to be the direction that some people may take when they listen back to a few of the comments that were spoken at today’s 2014 Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) in Portcullis House.

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