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scotland broadband map uk project split

18th August, 2019 (8 Comments)

The £442m (public and private investment) Digital Scotland (DSSB) project, which has been working with BT (Openreach) to rollout “superfast broadband” to poorly served areas, is to extend Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) UK ISP technology to cover a further 6,000 premises thanks to a reinvestment of £17.8m.

wireless_rural_uk_mast

16th August, 2019 (27 Comments)

A new report from lesser known UK think tank Parliament Street has warned how a historic “lack of investment” and “chronic connectivity” problems mean that too many rural areas are still being “challenged” by issues such as “slow broadband, less bandwidth, and problematic mobile and TV reception,” among other things.

united kingdom binary blue map broadband

16th August, 2019 (8 Comments)

A couple of months ago we reported that the Government’s new tourism sector deal would make £250,000 available to help boost “full fibre” broadband facilities in conference centres across the UK (here). Today a new competition has been launched that enables such centres to bid for a slice of the funding pot.

scotland 3d broadband map uk

13th August, 2019 (6 Comments)

The MSP for Orkney, Liam McArthur (LibDem), has called on the Scottish Government’s Connectivity Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, to come clean with regards to whether or not they have now “quietly abandoned” the target to make “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) available to all of Scotland by the end of 2021 (March 2022 financial).

fibre optic red and blue broadband cables 2018

10th August, 2019 (26 Comments)

The Government’s seemingly unachievable new goal of blanketing the UK in Gigabit capable “full fibre” (FTTP) broadband connectivity by the end of 2025 is expected to get a boost in the autumn, which is thanks to the long-awaited publication of its National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS) that is widely said to include a major funding boost.

ee mobile mast tower in scotland

9th August, 2019 (22 Comments)

A new Which? study has found that in 524 out of 650 UK parliamentary constituencies 4G mobile coverage is not available via all four operators to the whole constituency. The most poorly-served city-based constituencies (all under 80% coverage) were Rochford, Southend, South West Devon, Romsey and Southampton North.

copper and fibre optic hybrid broadband cables uk

6th August, 2019 (1 Comment)

David Henriques, a Senior Associate Economist at Ofcom and Visiting Fellow at the LSE, has appeared to suggest that menu regulation for fibre optic broadband networks may be a better approach for the United Kingdom to take than incentive orientated regulation.

llanddewi rhydderch broadband

6th August, 2019 (2 Comments)

Homes in the rural Monmouthshire (Wales) village of Llanddewi Rhydderch may soon be connected to a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based ultrafast broadband ISP network from Broadway Partners, which initially promised to deploy a “Gigabit” speed wireless network but ended up connecting locals at 30Mbps.

pembrokeshire uk rural county council image

5th August, 2019 (2 Comments)

The Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro) council in South West Wales has revealed the outline of a new plan that aims to help spread the availability of ultrafast “full fibre” broadband connectivity across rural parts of the county, which among other things includes a £2m investment to boost existing voucher schemes and a LFFN bid.

boris_johnson

3rd August, 2019 (32 Comments)

The new Prime Minister for the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, recently confirmed his ambition to deliver “full fibre” ultrafast broadband nationwide by 2025 but many, ourselves included, have wondered aloud whether or not that’s even possible. We take a closer look.

internet and uk computer law

29th July, 2019 (7 Comments)

The UK High Court has dismissed Liberty‘s legal challenge against the Government’s bulk data retention policy in its 2016 Investigatory Powers Act (IPAct), which is a mass surveillance approach that also catches innocent peoples communications data (i.e. phone, mobile and internet activity). The group expects to appeal.

united kingdom money map

28th July, 2019 (7 Comments)

The UK Government’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a £3.6bn Towns Fund to support an initial 100 towns “so that they will get the improved transport and improved broadband connectivity that they need,” although yesterday’s speech to the Manchester Science and Industry Museum didn’t include any detail.

broadband vouchers ultrafast gigabit uk full fibre

27th July, 2019 (0 Comments)

Some broadband ISPs have told ISPreview.co.uk that they’re allegedly being put into difficulty by payment delays under the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS), which appears to stem from the fact that one of the third-party companies hired to audit related projects has gone into administration.

matt warman mp

26th July, 2019 (5 Comments)

Yesterday saw the Government choose Nicky Morgan MP to become the UK’s new Culture Secretary (DCMS) – with responsibility for everything from broadband to media – and reporting to her will be a new Minister of State for DCMS in the shape of Nigel Adams MP and a new Digital Minister, Matt Warman MP.

zzoomm

26th July, 2019 (19 Comments)

Oxford-based ISP Zzoomm, which hopes to cover 1 million homes with a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network by the end of 2024 (here), has proposed a series of changes that new PM Boris Johnson could make to help achieve universal “full fibre” coverage of the UK by 2025.

northern ireland map uk simplified

25th July, 2019 (11 Comments)

The Department for the Economy (DfE) in Northern Ireland has finally begun the procurement phase for Project Stratum, which reflects its plan to invest £165 million in order to ensure that most of the 98,000 premises still awaiting access to “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) ISP networks can get it.

nick_morgan_mp

25th July, 2019 (22 Comments)

The appointment of Boris Johnson to become the new UK Prime Minister has resulted in yet another round of musical chairs at the top, which means that Jeremy Wright has now been replaced at the helm of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) by Nicky Morgan (MP for Loughborough).

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