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Breaking wall with painted logo

13th October, 2022 (15 Comments)

The Government has today placed their previous decision to BAN Huawei’s equipment from ultrafast 5G mobile networks (including restrictions on its use in full fibre broadband infrastructure) on more of a legal footing, which it has done by issuing legal notices to 35 telecoms network operators.

censored internet word cloud

21st September, 2022 (26 Comments)

The UK Government’s new Culture Secretary, Michelle Donelan, has signalled that the mess of complex and confusing legislation that is the Online Safety Bill (OSB), which seeks to tackle “harmful” internet content (i.e. via website blocks by broadband ISPs, fines and other sanctions), is likely to be softened before it returns to parliament.

virgin_mobile_sim_swap

24th August, 2022 (24 Comments)

BT has launched a High Court case against Virgin Media (VMO2), which it accuses of having migrated customers away from their EE based Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) platform (Virgin Mobile) before an agreement had been concluded. The broadband ISP and mobile giant is reportedly seeking £24.6m in compensation.

19th August, 2022 (7 Comments)

The Good Law Project (GLP) has filed judicial review proceedings against the East of England Broadband Network (E2BN) for their alleged decision to “unlawfully award” a £70bn ‘Everything Net Zero‘ Framework Agreement to the Place Group, which they claim is a micro “company with scant emissions reduction expertise“.

cityfibre Toby Box photo

24th July, 2022 (24 Comments)

The Competition Appeal Tribunal‘s (CAT) decision last week to reject CityFibre’s appeal against Ofcom’s approval process for Openreach’s “Equinox” price cut (here), which slashed the cost of the incumbent’s wholesale FTTP broadband products for UK ISPs, may not have been a total loss for the alternative network operator.

DNS

19th July, 2022 (13 Comments)

People who use Cloudflare’s popular third-party public Domain Name System (DNS) resolver – via the easy to remember IP address of 1.1.1.1 – may soon find that the company is forced by the courts to block websites that have been found to facilitate internet copyright infringement (piracy).

CityFibre Banner and Fibre Optic Cable Reel

15th July, 2022 (10 Comments)

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has today “dismissed” CityFibre’s attempt to challenge Ofcom’s approval of Openreach’s (BT) “Equinox” offer (here), which introduced a “major” price cut (details) at wholesale to their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband products for UK ISPs. But the operator is far from giving up.

12th July, 2022 (10 Comments)

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has announced that its long-running campaign, which uses the High Court to force major UK broadband ISPs into blocking websites that are suspected of facilitating copyright infringement (internet piracy), is being extended to mobile operators – starting with EE (BT).

jurassic_fibre_van

7th July, 2022 (17 Comments)

The North Somerset Magistrates Court has found broadband ISP and UK network builder Jurassic Fibre guilty of three offences related to their street works, which stems from their roll-out of a new gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to 500,000 premises (30 towns and villages) in South West England by 2025.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

27th June, 2022 (58 Comments)

The UK Home Office and the National Crime Agency (NCA) appear to be making progress on the development of a new internet snooping system and database, which could soon require broadband ISPs and mobile operators to provide various agencies with access to view a log of your online activity.

wireless mobile network operator uk mast and spectrum

22nd June, 2022 (0 Comments)

The UK Supreme Court has today handed down three judgements related to the contentious issue of land ownership and rent reductions on mobile masts, such as those that may occur when mobile and fixed wireless broadband operators (EE, Three UK, O2 and Vodafone etc.) attempt to upgrade an existing site.

Censorship Blocked Website Message by UK ISP

9th May, 2022 (15 Comments)

In a sign of things to come, it’s interesting to note that the recent free trade agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom included measures that require both sides to provide injunctive relief for website blocking by broadband ISPs – targeted at sites that are found to be facilitating internet copyright infringement (piracy).

telephone blue background

6th May, 2022 (4 Comments)

The Collective Action on Land Lines (CALL) has announced that the Court of Appeal (CoA) have dismissed BT’s appeal against an earlier ruling by the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT), which last year rejected the ISP’s attempt to stop a £600m class action claim related to the alleged overcharging of 2.3 million landline-only phone customers.

Apple-iCloud-Private-Relay-Enabled

14th March, 2022 (14 Comments)

The Mobile UK trade body, which represents Three UK, EE (BT), O2 (VMO2) and Vodafone, has called upon the Competition and Markets Authority to probe the impact of Apple’s new iCloud linked internet privacy tool – ‘Private Relay‘ – due to concerns over its negative impacts on their network optimisation and filtering measures.

Censorship Blocked Website Message by UK ISP

7th February, 2022 (18 Comments)

The High Court has ordered six of the UK’s largest broadband ISPs – Sky Broadband, BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and EE – to block customers from accessing a website called Mixdrop, which is described as a “cyberlocker” that facilitated internet piracy (copyright infringement) by allowing users to stream or download TV and film content.

internet piracy uk copy

22nd December, 2021 (13 Comments)

Nintendo has won another injunction in the High Court, which forces most of the largest UK broadband ISPs – Sky Broadband, BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and EE – to block two more websites that facilitated copyright infringement (internet piracy) by helping to distribute video games for the Switch console.

channel islands guernsey and jersey uk

22nd December, 2021 (0 Comments)

The Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority (GCRA) has ruled that two of the English Channel island’s broadband, phone and mobile providers, JT and Sure, broke competition law by “attempting to illegally control” the provision of mobile networks in Guernsey, including the future introduction of 5G services.

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