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europes lines of broadband fibre optic laser light

18th April, 2015 - 7:43 am (17 Comments)

The European Commission’s new Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger, has for the first time started to discuss what targets we should aim for after the current Digital Agenda programme completes and hopefully delivers “superfast” broadband speeds of 30Mbps+ to all by 2020; with 50% also subscribed to a 100Mbps+ service.

internet service providers association uk

17th April, 2015 - 4:45 pm (0 Comments)

The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has given its verdict on the 2015 General Election Manifestos of the three main political parties. Broadly speaking the trade association welcomes many of the proposals, but they also caution against increased net surveillance and call for a “more ambitious” aim to deliver “ubiquitous superfast broadband“.

sharon white ofcom uk ceo

17th April, 2015 - 8:14 am (45 Comments)

BT might be pleased to hear that the new boss of the United Kingdom’s communications and media regulator, Sharon White, is considering whether the entry of “newer players and technology” into the country’s Internet access and telecoms market should result in a “lighter approach” to regulation.

general_election_uk_voting

16th April, 2015 - 11:13 am (0 Comments)

Over the past few days we’ve worked to highlight any broadband related commitments from the Green (here), Libdem (here), Labour (here), UKIP (here) and Conservative (here) Parties. But there are plenty of smaller, often more region specific, parties too and here’s a short summary of what we know about them.

uk_independence_party_ukip_logo

15th April, 2015 - 11:56 am (8 Comments)

The UK Independence Party has today become the latest political party to publish their Manifesto for the imminent 2015 General Election. But those hoping for a firm commitment to improve national broadband connectivity may be disappointed.

liberal_democrat_uk_political_party

15th April, 2015 - 10:48 am (3 Comments)

The Liberal Democrat party has today published their Manifesto for the coming 2015 General Election and it will come as little surprise to find that their approach to broadband connectivity is largely a mirror for the current Broadband Delivery UK programme, which as a party of Government they had a hand in creating.

moss of cruden community association

14th April, 2015 - 2:41 pm (0 Comments)

A tearful 8 year old boy, Scott Burnett, from the remote Scottish hamlet of Clola in Buchan (Aberdeenshire) has written an emotional letter to BT in the hope that the operator might find a way to improve the local broadband provision. “Everyone in my school has broadband and I don’t“, said Scott.

conservative_party_uk_2015

14th April, 2015 - 12:29 pm (3 Comments)

The UK Conservative Party have today joined Labour and the Greens to publish their Manifesto for the 2015 General Election, although you won’t find many surprises inside because, as the dominant party of Government, their policy towards broadband will naturally follow the existing Broadband Delivery UK programme.

green party uk

14th April, 2015 - 7:42 am (7 Comments)

The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have already given us a glimpse of their respective approaches towards improving national broadband connectivity across the United Kingdom (here) and today it’s the turn of the Green Party, which sees BT as the key to fixing the country’s broadband slowspots and notspots.

pounds_sterling_notes_and_coins_uk

13th April, 2015 - 6:12 pm (19 Comments)

The Bromley Borough Council in London is reportedly struggling to match an allocation of funding from the central UK Government, which could have otherwise been used to help expand the coverage of superfast broadband to residents of the rural Downe village, as well as Cudham, Keston and Chelsfield.

general_election_uk_voting

11th April, 2015 - 7:29 am (12 Comments)

The May 2015 General Election is fast approaching and as a result we’ve been keen to canvas all of the major and some minor political parties in order to find out what they would do differently in terms of improving the national broadband connectivity landscape post-election. Today it’s the turn of the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats.

banned_from_the_internet_cross

4th April, 2015 - 11:19 pm (13 Comments)

The Conservative Party has revived a proposal to introduce strict age verification checks on adult Internet content, particularly pornographic websites, if they win the coming General Election. But making a workable solution won’t be easy.

m2_bradley_5g_mobile_broadband_odd_mix

3rd April, 2015 - 3:43 am (7 Comments)

Let’s get something straight, the next generation of 5G mobile technology probably won’t bring about world peace, fix famine, cure cancer or save that baby from a burning building; at least not literally. It’s a telecoms network upgrade, not superman. But in listening to some of the politicians speak you’d be forgiven for thinking that it could perform miracles.

illegal uk internet downloading

31st March, 2015 - 5:46 pm (3 Comments)

The former Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, Mike Weatherley MP, has published a new paper that calls for a dramatic change to the current EU Safe Harbour provisions (this removes ISPs, in certain circumstances, from liability for the illegal activity of their customers), which would weaken some of its protections and force ISPs to act more like an Internet police force.

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