28 May, 2010 - 1:09 PM
Ofcom has today published its Draft Code of Practice for tackling internet copyright infringement by customers of UK broadband providers, which is a requirement of the recently passed Digital Economy Act (DEA). Happily for some it will only apply to the biggest fixed line ISPs covering 96.5% of the UK "residential and SME business" market.

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28 May, 2010 - 8:07 AM
A new survey of 6,000 broadband users in the UK has revealed that more than half are believed to be "wasting money on outdated [and] overpriced packages" because they have not changed ISP for at least three years. This is despite a claimed drop of 34% in average standalone package prices and a 130% increase in download speeds over the same period.

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28 May, 2010 - 7:00 AM
Fibrestream, a community network specialist for Next Generation Internet Access (NGA) services, has called on Ofcom to force BT into revealing either the list of postcodes for the 66% of the UK population where BT will be investing in superfast fibre optic broadband services ( FTTC , FTTH / P ), or the Final Third where it will not.

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27 May, 2010 - 11:50 AM
Solicitors at ACS:Law UK have been caught sending out dubious questionnaires to broadband ISP customers whom they "suspect" of being involved with illegal unlawful copyright file sharing (p2p) activity. What many of those targeted will not immediately realise is that these questionnaires could be used to bolster ACS Law's case against them.

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27 May, 2010 - 7:03 AM
BT has quoted Beverley McCartney, a pensioner living in the rural Welsh village of Salem near Llandeilo (Carmarthenshire), a cost of over £150,000 to have broadband installed. The good news is that BT are willing to contribute £8,000 towards the costs but only if £129,613.54 +vat is paid first!

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27 May, 2010 - 12:01 AM
The European Commission (EC) has published its 15th annual report on the Single European Electronic Communications Market (Download PDF), which warns that the UK and Europe are "falling behind when it comes to next generation access". However the UK does better than most for overall broadband penetration and service prices.

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26 May, 2010 - 11:19 AM
Ookla, the self proclaimed global leader in anecdotal broadband internet access speed testing, has put all of its 1.5 billion speedtests into a single index of worldwide ISP performance - Net Index. Its result claims that the average global consumer download speed is 7.68Mbps (Megabits per second); by comparison Europe scores 10.03Mbps and the UK an unexpected 7.69Mbps baffled!

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26 May, 2010 - 7:12 AM
The latest Point Topic forecast has predicted that the UK, which is currently home to over 18m fixed broadband ISP lines / subscribers, will exceed more than 25m by the end of 2014; 1 million more than expected. The forecast for the end of 2010 has also been increased to 19,790,000, up from 19,580,000 previously.

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