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26th November, 2015 - 10:09 am (1 Comment)

The weight of the Government’s controversial new Internet Snooping legislation (Investigatory Powers Bill) will not fall on the shoulders of the market’s smallest broadband providers, but even if it did they wouldn’t be able to tell you about it because the biggest ISPs want them all gagged.

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25th November, 2015 - 2:16 pm (19 Comments)

The Chancellor of the United Kingdom, George Osborne, has today given his Autumn Statement 2015 (Spending Review) and unfortunately there wasn’t much in terms of new support for broadband and mobile infrastructure, but we did get word of a new investment fund for alternative network ISPs.


24th November, 2015 - 11:14 am (6 Comments)

A new report predicts that the Superfast North Yorkshire project, which is working with BT to make FTTC/P based superfast broadband (25Mbps+) services available to around 90% of local premises by late 2016 and possibly 95% within a few years (details), could boost the local economy by £220m.

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24th November, 2015 - 8:43 am (4 Comments)

The National Assembly for Wales, specifically its Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has criticised the state aid fuelled Superfast Cymru project with BT for failing to provide full and clear information about the Welsh roll-out plan for “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services.

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21st November, 2015 - 7:27 am (3 Comments)

Digitally isolated business estates or clusters in West Sussex (England) will soon have the option of applying to the new Digital Connectivity Grant Programme, which will help to cover up to 40% of the cost of getting connected to a superfast broadband service.

internet law uk

20th November, 2015 - 2:36 pm (3 Comments)

The Government’s appeal to overturn an earlier ruling against their Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIP), which found the legislation to be unlawful, has today been given a boost after the decision was formally passed on to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).


17th November, 2015 - 1:10 pm (0 Comments)

The Broadband Stakeholders Group, a think-tank for UK government policy, has today completed a review of its Voluntary Open Internet and Traffic Management Codes of Practice for ISPs and proposed a number of changes to help keep the commitments in line with Europe’s new Net Neutrality stance.

worcestershire uk broadband

13th November, 2015 - 3:28 pm (18 Comments)

Politics in Worcestershire (England) can sometimes be messy, although one local councillor has now taken it to another level by saying that the use of state aid funding to improve broadband connectivity would only help people who choose to “live out in the sticks with the badgers and rabbits“.


12th November, 2015 - 10:06 am (31 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK initiative, which is primarily working with BT to make fixed line superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services available to 95% of the United Kingdom by 2017/18, has ended Q3 2015 by confirming that 3,311,843 extra premises have now benefited from the effort.


11th November, 2015 - 2:17 pm (0 Comments)

The Government has budgeted around £175 million+ over 10 years to cover the cost of storing everyone’s Internet records as part of their controversial new Investigatory Powers Bill (details), but MPs have been warned by ISPs that this might not even come close to covering the actual costs.

Apple iOS Internet update

10th November, 2015 - 9:39 am (4 Comments)

The UK Government’s new Investigatory Powers Bill, which aims to expand the United Kingdom’s Internet snooping laws by forcing broadband ISPs to log a bigger slice of everybody’s online activity, has taken fire from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, over its “very dire” move to damage encryption.


9th November, 2015 - 2:21 pm (4 Comments)

Residents of a tiny and comically named rural village called Crazies Hill (Berkshire, England) have reeled in the Government’s Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, to help in their battle after doubts were cast over whether or not the community would get access to faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services.

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7th November, 2015 - 7:18 am (120 Comments)

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has confirmed that the Government will introduce a new Universal Service Obligation (USO) that should give everybody the legal right to request a broadband connection capable of delivering a minimum speed of 10Mbps (Megabits per second) by 2020.

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6th November, 2015 - 9:58 am (2 Comments)

Residents from three small rural villages in North Devon (Filleigh, East Buckland and West Buckland) have joined forces in order to hand a petition to the Government’s Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale MP, in the hopes of using it bring faster broadband services into the area.

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