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23rd May, 2009 07:09 AM
A public Freedom of Information (FoI) request, which concerned any communications relating to the BBC's stance towards opting out of having its websites used by Phorm's controversial behavioural advertising system, has resulted in a mass of revealing internal messages being released.

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22nd May, 2009 12:54 PM
New research from network management firm NetEvidence, which studied 6,000 UK companies owning leased line broadband Internet connections, has revealed that 1 in 6 suffer performance loss due to insufficient bandwidth. The growing prevalence of bandwidth hungry business applications, such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP), is partly to blame.

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22nd May, 2009 11:50 AM
Ofcom has today proposed that BT be allowed to increase the price it charges for some of its wholesale telephone and broadband line services, most specifically its unbundled ( LLU ) products. However, BT has reacted angrily to the proposals, warning that they are still too low and will not allow the operator to fully recover its costs.

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22nd May, 2009 07:06 AM
Internet search giant Google has updated its popular slim-line Google Chrome website browser with the first major new release since its initial launch 8 months ago. Elsewhere the browser has also been updated to fix hundreds of stability bugs and can now run JavaScript-heavy web pages about 30% faster than before.

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22nd May, 2009 06:40 AM
Business ISP Star has officially opened a new multi-million pound, 10,000 square foot Data Centre in Bristol. The Data Centre, which took 18 months to construct, has been designed to meet growing demand from businesses for cloud computing services as well as access to an infrastructure for voice and data services. The building of the new facility has been documented on a special website: http://www.buildingthecloud.co.uk .

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21st May, 2009 13:03 PM
The USA based Hulu, a free online broadband video (IPTV) service that offers web access to hit TV shows and is backed by News Corp, NBC Universal and Disney, could be set for a September 2009 launch in the UK. It's understood that the service is also in talks with the BBC, ITV and Channel4 to secure access to related content.

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21st May, 2009 11:36 AM
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which does not include countries such as China and Russia etc., has published its latest semi-global broadband statistics to the end of December 2008. Happily the UK managed to retain its position as the 5th largest broadband market in the OECD with 17,275,660 broadband subscribers.

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20th May, 2009 11:57 AM
Fancy gaining FREE public Wireless ( Wi-Fi ) Broadband Internet access at selected, but growing, locations around the UK? Well now you can, thanks to a new start-up known as Freerunner. Launching tomorrow in the North East of England, the new service promises free Wi-Fi and even hopes to bridge the digital divide in remote areas.

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20th May, 2009 08:07 AM
Not long ago Orange UK hinted that it might buy at least part of the failed Project Kangaroo service (original news), a broadband Internet TV (IPTV) venture between the BBC, ITV and Channel4. Sadly the service was abandoned after the Competition Commission (CC) blocked its introduction. Today the Telegraph reports that Orange has now pulled out of negotiations to buy the services technology, allegedly because the price was too high.

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20th May, 2009 07:39 AM
Popular UK ISP ICUK has become the latest provider to launch a new up to 16Mbps (1.3Mbps upload) unbundled ( LLU ) broadband service based off ADSL2+ technology. The package costs £25 inc. VAT per month but includes unlimited uploads and unmetered downloads.

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20th May, 2009 07:10 AM
Vodafone UK's business division has reportedly removed its overseas Mobile Broadband packages from sale and is preparing to introduce several new data roaming tariffs sometime in the next few days. The old Euro Travel (£60 per month) and World Travel (£95 per month) packages included 200MB of monthly roaming data usage.

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20th May, 2009 00:45 AM
Technology solutions provider Hewlett-Packard (HP) has signed a strategic partnership with The Cloud, a broadband wireless Hotspot operator, to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access to new small and medium business customers for one year. Typically you'll need to buy one of HP's B- or P-Range commercial notebooks or Mobile Workstations to take advantage of the promotion.

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19th May, 2009 17:57 PM
The UK Government has finally, after well over two months of waiting, issued its official response to a Number10.gov.uk petition that requested the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown) to "stop ISP's from breaching customers privacy via advertising technologies". Sadly the reply is unsurprisingly weak and palms most of the responsibility off onto old guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

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19th May, 2009 12:34 PM
Mobile operator T-Mobile UK has once again won high praise for its Mobile Broadband service via an independent April 2009 YouGov survey of 2,083 respondents. The results ranked the operator first in 6 out of 13 customer satisfaction metrics, which is actually less than the 9 out of 13 they received back in the previous survey (original news).

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19th May, 2009 11:58 AM
Ofcom UK has slashed the amount of time that consumers are forced to wait before having their broadband ISP and or telecoms related complaints resolved. Presently consumers must give their provider 12 weeks to solve the problem, only then can they take the complaint up with an alternative dispute resolution service (CISAS and Otelo).

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19th May, 2009 08:39 AM
Fibre optic broadband supplier i3 Group (H2O Networks) has acquired Cyclops, a CCTV and UV lining firm. The move means that damaged sewer pipes can be repaired quickly and easily via its new H2O Services division. Typically i3 uses underground sewers to distribute its up to 100Mbps Fibre to the Home (FTTH) broadband services in Bournemouth and Dundee.

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19th May, 2009 08:14 AM
Analysts at Point Topic UK have published an informative overview of the Scottish Government's apparently successful Universal Service Commitment on broadband, which cost just £25 million to achieve. Unlike the 2Mbps USO proposed by Lord Carter, Scotland's 0.5Mbps (512Kbps) is in place now and provides virtually 100% coverage. In principle, anybody has been able to get at least 0.5Mbps at an affordable price if they want it.

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19th May, 2009 08:04 AM
The UK Internet Service Providers Association ( ISPA ) has officially revealed the finalists for its 11th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards for 2009. The announcement follows three months of entrant testing by ISPA's technical testing partners, Epitiro. The complete list can be found below and the finalists for the Internet Hero and Internet Villain awards should be announced shortly.

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19th May, 2009 07:13 AM
Satellite operator Tariam UK has launched a new website with online ordering and updated its existing 'domestic' Homenet product to offer an up to 2Mbps (384Kbps upload) two-way (download and upload) service from £39.99 per month. The package comes with a meagre 1.2GB monthly usage allowance, while the hardware, delivery and installation fee will set you back a bank breaking £759.97 .inc VAT.

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18th May, 2009 11:38 AM
Mobile operator Vodafone UK has expanded its range of Mobile Broadband and laptop bundles to include the Acer Aspire 5535. The bundle itself costs a whopping £40 per month and includes the laptop alongside Vodafone's 3GB (monthly usage allowance) Mobile Broadband package on a 24 month contract.

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