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fibre optic cables green and blues uk

18th January, 2016 (54 Comments)

The Central Government has disappointed those calling for ultrafast pure fibre optic broadband connections (FTTH/P) to be rolled out across the United Kingdom by rebuffing the idea as part of its response to a European Commission consultation on connectivity needs post-2020.

buffering internet - please wait

14th January, 2016 (1 Comment)

The Council of Europe has today issued a set of “network neutrality guidelines” that call for mobile and broadband providers to treat Internet traffic equally, without discrimination or restriction, and for member states (e.g. UK) to support this via the “development of national legal frameworks“.

world internet connection dots

10th December, 2015 (16 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today published their annual International Communications Market Report 2015 (ICMR), which among other things compares the performance of broadband and telecoms networks in the United Kingdom with 18 other key countries around the world.

gigaclear fibre optic trench digging

1st December, 2015 (6 Comments)

Last year Europe adopted new rules that are designed to make it both “easier and cheaper” to roll-out ultrafast broadband networks, which included a voluntary “High-Speed Broadband Ready” label for new build homes. Today a new consultation has been launch on UK implementation of the rules.

united kingdom money map

25th November, 2015 (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.

european_broadband_awards_2015

17th November, 2015 (1 Comment)

Last night in Brussels the European Commission announced the winners of their inaugural European Broadband Award event, which aimed to identify the unions top 5 “high-speed” (30Mbps+) broadband projects. Sadly none of the United Kingdom’s excellent projects made it on to the winners list.

united kingdom of great britain map 500

12th November, 2015 (32 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.

europes lines of broadband fibre optic laser light

27th October, 2015 (3 Comments)

As expected the European Parliament has, without further change, today given the final approval needed for new rules to be introduced that aim to protect open Internet access (Net Neutrality) from unfair restrictions and put an end to costly mobile roaming charges, but there are plenty of loop holes.

europe digital agenda

22nd October, 2015 (9 Comments)

The European Commission’s (EC) Digital Agenda project has today published three separate studies that examine the real-world Internet speeds, coverage and prices of broadband services across most of the EU states, which also reveals how well the United Kingdom is doing.

european_union_internet_policy_uk

2nd October, 2015 (1 Comment)

The Council of the European Union, which is represented by ministers from each of the member states including the United Kingdom, has approved without debate new rules that aim to protect open Internet access (Net Neutrality) from unfair restrictions and put an end to mobile roaming charges.

euros currency

30th September, 2015 (0 Comments)

The European Commission has today announced new changes that are designed to encourage large institutional investors, such as insurers and pension funds, to put an extra £15bn or so into the development of infrastructure projects (broadband, roads, energy etc.) around Europe.

europes lines of broadband fibre optic laser light

22nd September, 2015 (10 Comments)

A new BT commissioned report from telecoms analyst firm Analysys Mason has perhaps unsurprisingly found that the take-up and availability of superfast broadband (30Mbps+) connectivity in the United Kingdom is ahead of Spain, Germany, Italy and France, and will remain there until at least 2020.

europe map

9th July, 2015 (0 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has warned that Europe’s attempts to introduce a new Digital Single Market strategy by the end of 2016, which covers everything from tackling “illegal” Internet content to boosting investment in faster broadband or mobile networks, is in “serious danger” of missing its target.

european union map flag

30th June, 2015 (1 Comment)

After years of disagreement the European Parliament, Council and Commission claim to have finally reached a deal that will both “end” mobile roaming charges on 15th June 2017 and introduce “strong net neutrality rules” in order to protect open Internet access. But some of the rules have been watered down.

wireless rural broadband field mast

19th June, 2015 (0 Comments)

Efforts by the Government to force UK mobile operators into offering universal coverage have been dealt a blow after the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that such a legally binding Universal Service Obligation (USO) cannot, under current EU rules, be forced upon providers.

european broadband award

19th June, 2015 (0 Comments)

The European Commission has started a new competition (‘European Broadband Award‘) that aims to identify the five best “high-speed” (30Mbps+) broadband projects that are delivering in urban, suburban and rural areas. But the EC’s “Good Practice” examples are.. less encouraging.

europe digital agenda

18th June, 2015 (23 Comments)

The European Commission has updated their EU Broadband Scorecard, which uses data from Dec 2014 and Jan 2015 to reveal the United Kingdom’s progress toward Europe’s overall Digital Agenda goals (e.g. ensuring 100% coverage of 30Mbps+ Internet speeds, with 50% take-up of 100Mbps+). But we’re now ranked 5th for connectivity, down one place from 4th last year.

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