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20th September, 2017 - 5:11 pm (4 Comments)

Around 300 homes in the Peak District National Park (central England) could be about to lose access to an 80Mbps capable superfast fixed wireless broadband network because of a planning dispute, which exists between local ISP Derbyshire Broadband and the park authority.

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20th September, 2017 - 11:36 am (0 Comments)

A National Assembly Committee has published a report that makes 12 recommendations for how Wales (UK) could bring faster broadband to poorly served premises and improve Mobile (4G etc.) connectivity, such as making future subsidies for landowners conditional on them allowing mobile masts.

digital scotland fibre optic map

20th September, 2017 - 8:47 am (0 Comments)

The SNP controlled Scottish Government has this month set out their work programme for 2017-18, which among the known broadband promises (R100) has also pledged to deliver free WiFi “throughout major town and city centres” and to match the UK Government’s rates relief on new fibre investment.

world internet

14th September, 2017 - 5:03 pm (0 Comments)

The United Nations (UN) has today publish its annual ‘State of Broadband‘ global progress report, which reveals that while 48% of the global population is now online, some 3.9bn people still do not have access to the Internet and the digital gap is growing between developed and developing countries.

fibre optic cables on pcb circuit board

13th September, 2017 - 1:22 pm (9 Comments)

Mobile and broadband provider Vodafone has published a new study that claims to have identified 50+ towns and cities across England that have “digital potential just waiting to be unlocked,” provided they can fully exploit their digital resources to drive economic growth.

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13th September, 2017 - 8:58 am (0 Comments)

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council in Northern Ireland has agreed to bid for £2.12m of public funding from the UK Government’s new £200m programme, which could help the region to build a new “Gigabit” fibre optic ring around the region and improve rural connectivity.

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12th September, 2017 - 12:01 am (4 Comments)

The most recent survey of 1,701 ISPreview.co.uk readers, which was conducted between 13th July and 4th September 2017, has found that 82.8% of respondents support the UK Government’s proposal to introduce a 10Mbps+ USO for broadband but 77.7% would prefer a minimum speed of 30Mbps+.

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9th September, 2017 - 12:01 am (25 Comments)

The Government’s £1.6bn+ Broadband Delivery UK project has today confirmed that a total of £645m in public funding (i.e. clawback and efficiency savings) will be returned to help expand the reach of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) to 98% of premises in the United Kingdom by around 2020.

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8th September, 2017 - 11:54 am (3 Comments)

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned that the city and other parts of the United Kingdom might be at risk of “grinding to a halt” unless the Government puts more investment towards faster broadband, 5G mobile, transport and other major infrastructure requirements.

cityfibre urban fibre optic rollout

4th September, 2017 - 9:02 am (8 Comments)

Deploying new broadband networks around parts of England could soon become more costly unless both operators and councils take extra care with a new power, which could allow them to charge utility companies by the hour for civil engineering work that causes significant disruption (traffic congestion etc.).

fibre optic broadband and ethernet network cable

3rd September, 2017 - 7:57 am (15 Comments)

The Government has chosen a Sunday to announce that they’ve committed £10m from a new fund to launch 6 local pilots of “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband / Ethernet networks, which aims to “test innovative ways” of using the service to connect businesses, homes and public sector sites.


1st September, 2017 - 9:25 am (3 Comments)

The digital divide between UK rural and urban areas is not a new or unfamiliar problem, although a new study from academics at Aberdeen University in Scotland has warned that the issue “will persist for the foreseeable future,” unless public policy does more to embrace alternative network providers.

router with fibre optic cables on top

30th August, 2017 - 11:40 am (37 Comments)

The Government of the United Kingdom has this week started a new consultation on their proposal to introduce 100% business rates relief for new “full-fibre” (FTTH/P) broadband networks (estimated to be worth £60m), which will run from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2022.

united kingdom black map

24th August, 2017 - 10:34 am (8 Comments)

The Government’s £1.6bn+ Broadband Delivery UK programme has published its latest progress update to the end of June 2017, which confirms that the scheme has so far helped 4,551,226 extra premises across the United Kingdom to be put within reach of a fixed “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) network.

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14th August, 2017 - 11:27 am (5 Comments)

A new report from techUK, which represents 950 companies in the United Kingdom’s technology sector, has called for “near universal” coverage of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) by 2020 and 90% coverage of “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) to become a reality by 2025.

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10th August, 2017 - 12:43 pm (7 Comments)

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today unveiled a bunch of new measures that are aimed at tackling parts of the city that suffer from slow and unreliable broadband or mobile connectivity “not spots“, such as those that exist around parts of Rotherhithe, Westminster and the central City of London.

openreach engineer with drum of fibre optic cable

10th August, 2017 - 9:12 am (5 Comments)

The Hampshire County Council in England has allocated £1 million to help fund and support local communities that will not benefit from the regional roll-out of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) networks. Instead the communities can use the funding to help build an alternative, but there’s a catch.

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