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gbp uk internet money pile

10th April, 2013 (9 Comments)

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) appears to have awarded a grant worth £2.74 million to help over 2,600 small and medium sized businesses in Northumberland (North East England) gain access to superfast and ultrafast broadband ISP connectivity via a “range of incentives“.

world wide internet traffic

8th April, 2013 (1 Comment)

The ITU and UNESCO’s Broadband Commission has called upon the United Nations to ensure that high-speed broadband internet access “features prominently” in any plans for a Post-2015 Development Agenda, which is expected to set various world targets for the next five or so years until at least 2020.

uk internet statistics

8th April, 2013 (6 Comments)

The results from 1045 respondents to ISPreview.co.uk’s latest monthly reader survey has found that 80.8% would like to see the government put more public money into deploying superfast broadband around the United Kingdom (up from 68.8% two years ago) and 62.5% said the effort should re-focus on connecting rural areas first.

cumbria broadband map uk

4th April, 2013 (1 Comment)

The huge state aid supported Connecting Cumbria project, which will see BT deploy its FTTC/P based superfast broadband ISP technologies to cover over 93% of the county by the end of 2015, is facing the risk of fresh delays due to the need for an additional layer of EU competition approval before funding can be released.

united kingdom

2nd April, 2013 (8 Comments)

The UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has rejected a new framework proposal that could have helped smaller internet providers (altnets) to challenge BT and secure a slice of public funding in order to rollout new rural superfast broadband networks.

europe digital agenda

26th March, 2013 (9 Comments)

The European Commission (EC) has today proposed a new Draft Regulation that could cut the cost of broadband related civil engineering tasks (e.g. digging up roads to lay new fibre optic cable) by 30% and thus save telecoms operators between £34 – £51 billion (€40 to €60 billion).

parliament house of commons uk

20th March, 2013 (0 Comments)

The Chancellor of the UK government, George Osborne, today set out his annual Budget 2013 report but unfortunately anybody expecting to hear about new funding or pledges for broadband and related projects will be left to feel very disappointed. But there were still a few small bits and pieces of information.

virgin media uk

19th March, 2013 (3 Comments)

The CEO of cable operator Virgin Media, Neil Berkett, has written an open letter to the Chancellor of the UK government, George Osborne. The letter calls on Osborne to ensure that a minimum of 50% of the £150m destined for improving broadband connectivity in cities is instead used to boost business training and digital capability.

International Telecommunication Union

18th March, 2013 (0 Comments)

The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, Dr Hamadoun Touré, has told the 7th Meeting of the Broadband Commission in Mexico City that he’d like to “dream big” and set a new goal to ensure that everybody in the world can access broadband internet speeds of 20Mbps for $20 a month (£13.25) by 2020.

fibre optic rural broadband rollout uk

15th March, 2013 (32 Comments)

Japanese technology firm Fujitsu UK has, according to the FT, now completely withdrawn from the government’s £530m national broadband scheme (Broadband Delivery UK) and thus left BT as the only remaining bidder in the process. So much for the “competitive tender“.

bt superfast broadband cabinet uk installation

14th March, 2013 (16 Comments)

London’s 33 local authorities have today warned that the UK government’s new Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which is designed boost the roll-out of faster broadband ISP services by cutting red tape in the planning system, could pass additional costs onto city boroughs and “endanger road users” by obstructing pedestrian walkways and reducing sightlines.

digital region south yorkshire uk

13th March, 2013 (14 Comments)

A new report from Doncaster Council’s finance wing has warned that the debt-ridden Digital Region (DRL) network, which has made superfast broadband available to 80% of premises in South Yorkshire (England, UK), will need another £15m in public funding to stay afloat or it could be “closed down“.

fttc uk broadband cabinets

13th March, 2013 (0 Comments)

The government will amend its controversial Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which is designed to help “fast-track” the roll-out of superfast broadband services around the United Kingdom by cutting red tape in the planning system, in order to protect national parks and other “areas of outstanding natural beauty“.

europe map

12th March, 2013 (2 Comments)

The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC), which represents Europe’s national telecoms regulators (e.g. Ofcom in the UK), has given its preliminary support to new EU rules that are intended to boost investment and competition in the roll-out of superfast broadband ISP services.

uk internet statistics

11th March, 2013 (0 Comments)

The results from 782 respondents to our latest monthly reader survey have revealed that over two thirds (70.8%) think the UK government is making “poor” progress towards its goal of improving the country’s national broadband infrastructure by 2015 (just 7.5% felt progress was “good“).

2mbps for all UK people by 2015 sign

5th March, 2013 (4 Comments)

The communications regulator, Ofcom, has today published its first European Broadband Scorecard that shows how the United Kingdom compares with the EU in terms of the progress towards its ambition that the UK should have “the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015“. Apparently we do.. ok.

united kingdom

25th February, 2013 (16 Comments)

The Independent Networks Cooperative Association, which supports the development of Next Generation Access networks around the United Kingdom, has revealed a new Framework that could help smaller ISPs (altnets) to challenge BT and benefit from state aid for deploying superfast broadband services into rural areas.

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