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Grand eagles holiday homes in scotland, Perthshire

9th August, 2017 (62 Comments)

Residents of the Grand Eagles holiday park in Perthshire (Scotland) have claimed that Openreach holds a virtual “monopoly” after they accused the operator of trying to “extort” £3,500 per property from home owners, who aren’t covered by the current Universal Service Obligation.

price and cost rises uk

9th August, 2017 (7 Comments)

Ofcom has today revised their Wholesale Local Access (WLA) charge controls in order to show how their planned broadband / FTTC price reductions could be impacted by BT’s voluntary proposal to spend £450m to £600m on the roll-out of a 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation.

digital scotland go faster broadband

8th August, 2017 (13 Comments)

The Scottish Government has issued a letter to the UK’s Department for Digital (DCMS) that warns against accepting BT’s proposed investment of up to £600m to deploy a new 10Mbps+ Universal Service Obligation for broadband, which they fear could extend BT’s “monopoly position in rural areas.”

isp Internet download speed arrow uk

1st August, 2017 (18 Comments)

Most won’t have noticed but Ofcom has published an update to last year’s cost analysis for the proposed broadband Universal Service Obligation, which reveals that the Government asked them to model a 20Mbps (2Mbps upload) USO option and it might be better value for money.

10Mbps broadband uk uso usc

30th July, 2017 (50 Comments)

After a lot of negotiation the Government and BT have today proposed a deal that could see the operator fund a new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which will aim to ensure that everybody can request a broadband download speed of at least 10Mbps by 2020. Now for the caveats.

rural broadband and river scene

29th July, 2017 (5 Comments)

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) has today announced that an additional £30 million of public investment is being allocated to help rural areas build new 30Mbps+ capable superfast broadband networks in areas where such services are not currently available or planned.

speed up broadband internet uk performance

17th July, 2017 (8 Comments)

The CEO of Openreach (BT), Clive Selley, appears to be closing in on a deal that could see the telecoms giant commit hundreds of millions of pounds to deploy the Government’s promised 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband, but only if Ofcom softens their planned FTTC charge controls.

united kingdom broadband connectivity

27th June, 2017 (3 Comments)

Consumer magazine Which? has today published the results of a new survey that reveals the fastest and slowest local authorities across the United Kingdom by broadband download speed (median). The Orkney Islands (6.3Mbps) are by far the slowest and Tamworth is the fastest (30.4Mbps).

bt engineer cutting fibre optic cable

24th May, 2017 (10 Comments)

UK ISP TalkTalk has reportedly complained that BT is not offering them enough compensation, which comes after Ofcom ruled in March 2017 that Openreach had broken their rules by failing to pay ISPs proper compensation for late installations of high-speed business lines (Ethernet).

long reach vdsl broadband trial at street cabinet

17th May, 2017 (19 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has issued an update on their existing plan to run a “commercial pilot” of Long Reach VDSL (FTTC) broadband technology, which involves around 120 premises across 6 rural locations. The operator claims that if deployed LR-VDSL could bring “fibre” to 99% of the UK by 2020.

BT HQ UK Building Logo

11th May, 2017 (39 Comments)

The BT Group has released their latest quarterly report (Q1 2017 calendar), which saw their retail broadband base reach a total of 9,276,000 subscribers (up by 29K vs 83K in Q4 2016) and Openreach has begun a consultation on the “potential benefits and costs of a large-scale FTTP deployment.“

old_bt_street_cabinet

9th May, 2017 (3 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has informed participating ISPs that they’re “not planning further trials” of their 18Mbps (2Mbps upload) FTTC / VDSL2 “fibre broadband” product with new customers, although it will remain open to existing subscribers.. for now.

bsg_uso_cost

4th May, 2017 (3 Comments)

The Broadband Stakeholders Group, which acts as a think-tank for government policy, has predicted that the cost of implementing the UK’s legally-binding 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband speed could be anything from £180m and up to £930m; depending upon the cost threshold.

10Mbps UK Broadband USO

3rd May, 2017 (6 Comments)

Last week’s entirely unsurprising decision by the Government to drop a proposed 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband, in favour of the originally proposed 10Mbps, has not gone down well with either the opposition Labour Party or SNP. Both have branded it a “missed opportunity.”

rural_broadband_countryside_c4l

25th April, 2017 (1 Comment)

The 100,000 member strong Countryside Alliance, which campaigns to protect rural areas (food, farming, businesses and services), has published a new policy document on the impact of leaving the EU that calls on the UK Government to invest more money into improving broadband and mobile.

speed up broadband internet uk performance

12th April, 2017 (26 Comments)

Ofcom’s annual study of fixed line home broadband ISP speeds across the United Kingdom has revealed that the average Internet download rate is now 36.2Mbps (up from 28.9Mbps last year), with uploads hitting 4.3Mbps (up from 3.7Mbps). But there’s a widening gap between rural and urban areas.

31st March, 2017 (25 Comments)

The price that ISPs and consumers pay for access to a 40Mbps FTTC superfast broadband line on Openreach’s (BT) network in the United Kingdom is set to fall after the telecoms regulator, Ofcom, launched a new review of the wholesale local access market. Quality of service standards will also be improved.

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