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10th March, 2016 (19 Comments)

Blink and you’ll miss it. Without any fanfare the Government’s Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, appears to have officially confirmed that 90% of the United Kingdom can now access a “superfast broadband” service, thanks partly to Phase 1 of their Broadband Delivery UK programme with BT.

3rd September, 2015 (9 Comments)

Doncaster-based ISP Origin Broadband appears to be recovering from last year’s rocky collapse of the failed £100m Digital Region network and has reported that turnover is up 400% on the last six months, with the provider adding 300 residential and up to 400 business customers a month.

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.

6th March, 2015 (136 Comments)

The Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, has warned critics of BT’s dominance in the national Broadband Delivery UK programme that the operator could have simply opted for the “quiet life” by not bidding for any contracts. The minister also floated the idea of ISPs offering different broadband packages for areas that suffer from slow speeds.

14th November, 2014 (1 Comment)

The Government has responded to a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request by revealing a breakdown of both successful and unsuccessful bids to their much criticised £20m Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF), which originally set out to help rural areas (i.e. in the last 10% of England) gain access to superfast broadband (24Mbps+).

19th September, 2014 (2 Comments)

As expected BT has now officially signed a new Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) contract that will aim to roll-out FTTC/P based “fibre broadband” services to 98% of South Yorkshire (i.e. Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) by the end of 2017.

16th September, 2014 (5 Comments)

South Yorkshire ISP Origin Broadband has attempted to move on from last month’s customer support and connectivity troubles (here), which related to the closure of Digital Region’s (DRL) local network, by officially launching their new services and offering free unlimited broadband to “everyone within reach of our network who takes line rental“.

12th August, 2014 (25 Comments)

South Yorkshire ISP Origin Broadband appears to be taking some flak from disgruntled customers over their handling of the imminent Digital Region (DRL) network closure and a 30 day notification email, which was first sent to subscribers in the middle of July 2014.

16th July, 2014 (1 Comment)

GEO Networks (Zayo Group), a dedicated fibre optic solutions provider for the United Kingdom, has gobbled up around 1,000 miles worth of fibre optic cabling in South Yorkshire (England), which use to belong to the now defunct Digital Region (DRL) broadband network, for an undisclosed sum.

15th July, 2014 (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.

30th June, 2014 (0 Comments)

A new report has claimed that the controversial publicly funded Digital Region broadband network in South Yorkshire (England), which last year collapsed under its own debt pile after failing to attract enough customers (here) and which is now due to close in mid-August 2014 (here), could end up costing £70m to shut down completely.

14th March, 2014 (2 Comments)

Sheffield-based ASK4 has revealed that efforts to help customers escape from South Yorkshire’s (England) defunct Digital Region superfast broadband network are on-going. But they’re still struggling to offer a seamless migration path due to a “lack of clarity” on some database issues from DRL and supplier Thales.

18th February, 2014 (6 Comments)

The controversial tax payer fuelled £100m+ Digital Region superfast broadband network in South Yorkshire (England), which surprised nobody when it finally collapsed last year under a pile of its own debt and a lack of political support (here), has finally set a closure date of 15th August 2014.

13th January, 2014 (19 Comments)

The Government has proposed a new £10 million scheme, which would be based off its existing Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, to help deploy superfast broadband services across 90% of South Yorkshire in England (most likely with BT’s help). The region suffered a £155m failure last year when the alternative Digital Region network collapsed.

15th August, 2013 (51 Comments)

As feared the £100m+ Digital Region broadband network, which acted as an alternative to BT and delivered superfast broadband services to 80% of premises in South Yorkshire (England), has finally fallen under a growing weight of debt and announced its closure.

26th July, 2013 (4 Comments)

The debt infested Digital Region network, which was originally setup with around £100m of public money to help deliver better broadband services to South Yorkshire (England, UK) because BT had little interest in doing so, could need up to another £45 million to survive and has so far only got 3,000 customers!

15th May, 2013 (5 Comments)

South Yorkshire ISP LittleBigOne (LBO), which uses the largely independent but financially troubled Digital Region network, has without any prior notice informed customers that “with effect from 1st April 2013” (the message was only posted today!) their service is now owned by business ISP Chess Telecom.

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