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21st Aug, 2009 11:49 AM
The latest Point Topic forecast has revealed that UK broadband growth appears to be healthier than expected. Britain added 445,000 net new broadband lines in H1-2009 to reach over 17.8m in total, about 100,000 more than forecast at the start of 2009. The number of net additions forecast for 2009 is now 900,000, an increase of 240,000 (36%) more than before.

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21st Aug, 2009 09:13 AM
UK ISP Andrews & Arnold ( AAISP ) appears to have had enough of the problems they've been experiencing with their BT 21CN + 20CN lines and has instead signed a contract to provide broadband access using the BE network ( Be Broadband / O2 ) via cheaper unbundled ( LLU ) connections.

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21st Aug, 2009 08:52 AM
Businesses in York City (UK) and the surrounding area look set to benefit after local telecoms firm York Data Services invested £275,000 to install two 1Gbps (Gigabit per second) fibre optic broadband links. The new lines will connect directly with the national Internet hub in London's Docklands area.

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21st Aug, 2009 08:27 AM
Broadband ISP TalkTalk ( Tiscali , AOL UK , Opal etc. ) will complain to the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today that adverts for BT's new 'up to' 20Mbps broadband speeds are misleading. The move relates to a BT ad that claims its recently upgraded service is "consistently faster even at peak times compared with the industry [OFCOM] average".

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21st Aug, 2009 06:34 AM
Bemused BT has begun an investigation after we reported last week that residents of Romsley (Bromsgrove), specifically those that are connected via ISP Orange UK, had seen the price they pay for broadband rise by an extra +£8.81 per month. Orange promptly blamed the increase on BT, yet today a BT spokesperson informs us that it has made no such recent price changes on the local exchange.

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20th Aug, 2009 11:34 AM
Communications and Media regulator Ofcom UK has just published a new guide called 'Keeping Consumers Connected' (.PDF format), which offers advice for consumers who suddenly get trapped when their broadband ISP or telephone operator goes bust. The information is very spares and ultimately amounts to little more than Ofcom telling people to switch ISP; though in fairness there is often a limit to what you can do.

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20th Aug, 2009 08:02 AM
The BBC has struck a new deal with UK online video service BlinkBox to allow popular TV shows, such as Top Gear, Gavin & Stacey, Spooks and Planet Earth, to be sold for download (unlimited viewing) via its website. However at a price of £1.89 per episode, would anybody really want it?

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20th Aug, 2009 06:37 AM
The European Commission (EC) has confirmed that, from 1st January 2010, it will invest £15.5m (€18m) into research that will underpin future 4G mobile networks. The investment refers specifically to next generation Advanced Long Term Evolution ( LTE ) Mobile Broadband technology, which could deliver downstream speeds of up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps) via mobile networks (e.g. O2 , Three (3) , T-Mobile etc.).

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19th Aug, 2009 12:04 PM
BT Openzone's wireless broadband service is now available at 500,000 homes, businesses and city centres in the UK and Ireland, which places it halfway towards its goal this year of building a million-strong Wi-Fi Hotspot network. Some 50,000 hotspots are available in the UK and overseas through international roaming partners.

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19th Aug, 2009 08:11 AM
Put-Pocketing, that's the name TalkTalk has given to its latest self-promotional broadband ISP marketing scheme, which involves using a team of 20 ex-pickpockets (we kid you not!) around London to put money directly back into the pockets of the British public without them realising. Hmmm.

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19th Aug, 2009 06:50 AM
New data sourced by Arbor Networks has revealed some interesting insights into the differences between broadband Internet usage habits in Europe and the US. Broadly both remain similar but unlike EU traffic, US daily Internet percentages take a small dip in the early evening.

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18th Aug, 2009 11:16 AM
ISP BT Business has launched a new special offer of three months FREE broadband for customers who join BT via a MAC (migration) code. The offer applies to those who select any of the BT Business Total Broadband options with a 2 year contract. The deal could save business customers £45, £75 or £90 +vat, depending on the package choice.

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18th Aug, 2009 07:25 AM
Broadband customers of Virgin Media UK could soon find their un-resolvable DNS requests (i.e. occurs when you type an incorrect website address into your browser) being redirected (hijacked) to the operators own specially crafted search page, complete with adverts and suggested alternative website results to try.

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18th Aug, 2009 06:26 AM
The governments new Communications Minister, Stephen Timms, has given his strongest hint yet that its controversial plans for a 50p per month tax on all fixed UK phone lines (aka - Next Generation Fund) - designed to help foster development and uptake of next generation (faster) broadband services, could be dumped.

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17th Aug, 2009 13:26 PM
New research from comparison site Moneysupermarket has revealed that almost two-thirds (61%) are happy with their existing broadband bundle, which is despite 78% agreeing that they are probably not on the best deal they could be and 11% saying they simply can't be bothered to switch and save.

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17th Aug, 2009 12:47 PM
Labour's Lord Peter Mandelson, the man with more titles to his name than strands of hair on his head (except 'Prime Minister', but we're sure that's coming too), appears to have ignored the conclusions of Lord Carter's recent Digital Britain report (here) by promising to get even tougher with illegal broadband downloader’s.

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17th Aug, 2009 11:53 AM
Glasgow will become one of the first cities in the UK to benefit from BT's next generation 'up to' 40Mbps fibre optic ( FTTC ) broadband service. The move is part of a new BT plan to accelerate rollout of the technology. More than 15,500 homes and businesses in the Hillington, Cardonald and Crookston areas of the city will benefit as BT ploughs extra resource into bringing forward the switch on date to the autumn – ahead of the original 2010 schedule.

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17th Aug, 2009 06:47 AM
The head of marketing at Be Broadband , Oli White , features in a new video today that talks about the ISPs new website, how it plans to improve it and mentions some upcoming customer events. Readers may recall the recent re-launch of BE's new website design and brand identity, which was not exactly well received (original news).

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17th Aug, 2009 00:14 AM
Broadband ISP Vispa has revamped its broadband package costs. The providers 'up to' 8Mbps (0.45Mbps upload) Home Broadband services now start at just £14.95 per month, which includes a 2GB monthly usage allowance, 1 month contract period, unlimited overnight usage, static IP, free VispaTalk VoIP line and the usual mix of email and security features.

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17th Aug, 2009 00:01 AM
SCRIPTed, an online law journal, has published a new study that calls for the laws governing shared wireless ( Wi-Fi ) broadband use and access to be clarified. The report - Law in the Last Mile: Sharing Internet Access Through WiFi, makes the case that broadband uptake and coverage could be improved if consumers were given more freedom to share their connections.

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