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westminster uk government

23rd July, 2014 - 1:49 pm (4 Comments)

The UK’s semi-recycled Data Retention and Investigation Powers Act (DRIP), which extends the range of Internet snooping that the Government can perform on its citizens and was controversially rushed into law last week under emergency powers (here), will become the subject of a Judicial Review process if some MPs get their way.

network_cable_connector_0

23rd July, 2014 - 8:00 am (3 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Connection Vouchers scheme, which offers grants worth up to £3,000 to help SME businesses install a superfast broadband (30Mbps+) service in 22 cities across the United Kingdom, is continuing to suffer from low uptake with only around 4% (1,500 approved applications) of the £100m fund being drawn down.

internet piracy flag

19th July, 2014 - 7:58 am (4 Comments)

The Government, Rights Holders and four of the country’s largest broadband ISPs, including Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband, have resolved their differences and announced the launch of a new “education programme” to help combat Internet piracy (copyright infringement) by sending warning letters to customers suspected of sharing “illegal” copyright content via File Sharing (P2P) networks.

andrews and arnold uk isp

16th July, 2014 - 2:02 pm (8 Comments)

As the controversial Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill (DRIP) slips its way through the House of Commons and into the House of Lords, the outspoken boss of broadband ISP Andrews & Arnold (AAISP), Adrian Kennard, has promised to use “all practical legal means” in order to protect their customers from state sponsored Internet snooping.

london uk broadband internet city

16th July, 2014 - 8:13 am (9 Comments)

The RSA’s City Growth Commission, which claims to be an “enlightenment organisation” committed to finding innovative practical solutions to modern social challenges, has published a new report that calls on the Government to improve broadband provision in UK cities and criticises BT and Virgin Media for working to “constrain supply and market competition“.

wireless mobile mast

15th July, 2014 - 1:55 pm (3 Comments)

The National Parks England (NPE) and UK Mobile Operators Association (MOA) have reached a new “landmark agreement” that aims to boost the coverage of mobile phone and Mobile Broadband connectivity in protected rural areas, albeit while also “minimising any adverse environmental impacts” and working “proactively and pragmatically in order to achieve these aims“.

south_yorkshire_uk

15th July, 2014 - 11:55 am (18 Comments)

The South Yorkshire (England) councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield appear to have progressed a proposal to roll-out superfast broadband (24Mbps+) connectivity across the region by matching an investment offer of £10.4 million from the Broadband Delivery UK programme, which will help to replace the defunct Digital Region network. BT is set to supply.

scotland map

14th July, 2014 - 10:41 am (3 Comments)

The Scottish Government has announced that it will set-up a Rural Connectivity Commission as part of their new proposals, which would aim to improve the country’s postal, transport, mobile and broadband Internet access connectivity in the event of a vote in favour of becoming independent from the United Kingdom (i.e. referendum on 18th September 2014).

fsb_uk

14th July, 2014 - 8:30 am (56 Comments)

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has today called on the Government of the United Kingdom to improve their current broadband coverage ambitions by raising the Universal Service Commitment (USC) from 2Mbps (Megabits per second) of Internet download speed to 10Mbps by 2018-2019, which would then rise again to 100Mbps+ by 2030.

europe digital agenda

10th July, 2014 - 1:55 pm (0 Comments)

The European Commission (EC) has today moved to complement their Digital Agenda project, which aims to make broadband speeds of 30Mbps+ available to all EU homes come 2020, by launching a new “Connected Communities” initiative that offers additional funding and support to local community broadband partnerships and operators.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

10th July, 2014 - 8:30 am (10 Comments)

The government will today announce emergency legislation that many fear could be an amended version of its controversial RIPA or Communications Data Bill (CDB) which, before it was shelved for a second time, aimed to extend the United Kingdom’s existing internet snooping powers by requiring ISPs to log a much bigger slice of everybody’s online activity; regardless of whether or not you’ve ever committed a crime.

westminster uk government

8th July, 2014 - 1:51 pm (14 Comments)

The Government’s new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and so-called “digital by default” strategy, which among other things seeks to save money by making some services online-only, faced criticism in the House of Commons on Monday after MPs blasted it for being introduced before some rural farmers could even get access to a good broadband connection.

united kingdom money map

7th July, 2014 - 8:30 am (2 Comments)

The Government has today announced an investment of £6bn to help fund the first wave of 39 new Growth Deals with businesses and local authorities across England, which among other things will also bring new money to build new homes and improve the coverage of superfast broadband services alongside the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

fell end rural fibre optic digging

5th July, 2014 - 7:50 am (25 Comments)

The government’s controversial £20 million Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF), which originally aimed to help remote rural areas in the last 5-10% of England gain access to superfast broadband, will fall well short of its original target to help up to 70,000 premises and is instead only set to pass between 20-25,000 premises.

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