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30th Sep, 2009 12:28 PM
iBAHN, a digital entertainment and Internet solutions provider for the hospitality and meeting industries, today launched a new website to celebrate 10 years of broadband (10yearsofbroadband.com). The site is an online community hub offering a review of the past decade of broadband evolution, and a look to the future.

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30th Sep, 2009 11:27 AM
Consumer Focus (CF), a statutory organisation campaigning for a fair deal for consumers in the UK, has called for the debate on illegal broadband file sharing to focus on the reform of the UK copyright licensing system, not on punitive enforcement measures (i.e. customer disconnection from ISPs).

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30th Sep, 2009 08:29 AM
Details are extremely thin on the ground at the moment but ISPreview has begun to receive some reports of problems being experienced by cable giant Virgin Media UK. Several broadband customers are reporting a total loss of connection and the operators website is, at the time of writing, refusing to load.

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30th Sep, 2009 07:06 AM
Murphx, a UK network and telecoms solutions provider, has become the latest ISP to join trials of BT's next generation fibre optic cable based Fibre to the Cabinet ( FTTC ) broadband technology, which will initially deliver download speeds of up to 40Mbps (60Mbps in the future) and upload speeds of between 2Mbps to 15Mbps.

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29th Sep, 2009 13:37 PM
Broadband ISP Tiscali UK has extended its "free set up, free email, anti-virus and anti-spam and 24/7 dedicated support" promotion on their cheapest Broadband only package until 4th October 2009. The package itself costs just £6.49 per month (for the first three months, then £14.99 thereafter).

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29th Sep, 2009 07:37 AM
New information from Point Topic has revealed the direct relationship between annual GDP and broadband growth, which is being blurred by several effects projected worldwide. Typically Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the basic yearly measure of a country's economic performance.

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29th Sep, 2009 06:50 AM
The Carphone Warehouse ( TalkTalk , AOL UK , Tiscali , Opal etc. ) has confirmed that it is gearing up to launch a new form of 'Parental Control' for broadband ISP customers. This will allow parents to restrict Internet access via cinema-style classifications (U, 14, 18), which will include the blocking of file sharing sites that host illegal torrent downloads (e.g. The PirateBay).

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28th Sep, 2009 13:37 PM
The i3 Group (H2O Networks , Fibrecity) has showcased how its new 100Mbps (upload and download) FTTH fibre optic broadband network, which is being deployed via underground sewers in UK cities such as Dundee and Bournemouth, can be used as an open access platform offering an almost dynamic choice of connected UK ISPs.

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28th Sep, 2009 12:55 PM
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has called BT "shameful" after revealing that the operator had done nothing to stop thousands of illegal music file sharers on its service. The BPI claims to have collected the IP addresses of 100,000 BT Broadband ISP customers that are suspected of involvement with the activity.

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28th Sep, 2009 12:43 PM
The latest consumer research from BroadbandChoices, which was conducted with the help of 3,950 respondents during June and July this year, has revealed that 34% value the connection reliability of their broadband ISP service above speed (30%) and value for money (23%).

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28th Sep, 2009 11:48 AM
The latest research from Gartner has estimated that there will be a total of 422 Million global households with a fixed broadband connection ( i.e. ADSL , Cable Modem , FTTH ) in the home by the end of 2009, up from 382m in 2008. This will increase to 580m by 2013.

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28th Sep, 2009 10:31 AM
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) and BT have teamed up to pressure Ofcom into taking more robust action against the "mis-selling misery" being caused by telecoms (broadband and voice) providers who hijack consumers’ phone lines. The campaign appears timed to coincide with Ofcoms new consultation (original news) on tougher proposals to tackle the problem.

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25th Sep, 2009 11:31 AM
We reported yesterday that, from 1st January 2010, BT Wholesale planned to reduce its prices, specifically for their 'up to' 24Mbps ( ADSL2+ ) services - Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC). Today we have managed to gain some more detail on the specifics of that reduction and what it could mean for UK ISPs (those using BT’s platform).

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25th Sep, 2009 06:39 AM
What a difference two weeks can make. The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), which campaigns for the protection of performers' and musicians' rights, has appeared to u-turn on its opposition to an amended government (Digital Britain) proposal that would force UK broadband ISPs to disconnect customers who are suspected of illegal downloading (original news).

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25th Sep, 2009 00:19 AM
ISP Be Broadband ( O2 ), which offers packages with download speeds of up to 24Mbps, has reintroduced its popular £25 Amazon gift certificate for new signups. The promotion is only available on their BE Pro and BE Unlimited packages with the shorter 9 month contract option. This offer is open until 18th October 2009.

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24th Sep, 2009 12:33 PM
The latest GSM Association (GSMA) study of 1000 enterprises across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific has revealed that HSPA Mobile Broadband is growing in popularity. It shows that a high number of global organisations currently rely on HSPA for Mobile Broadband connectivity compared to those that use Wi-Fi.

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24th Sep, 2009 06:34 AM
BT Wholesale is reportedly gearing up to announce the next phase of its 21st Century Network ( 21CN ) based 'up to' 24Mbps ADSL2+ broadband technology rollout, which works over the old/existing copper wire based BT infrastructure. The move will see BT's coverage of the service rise from 40% of UK homes and businesses to 75% by the spring of 2011.

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24th Sep, 2009 00:11 AM
Satellite ISP Tariam UK has cut the monthly cost of its Eutelsat Tooway based Homenet product, which offers download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps and uploads of up to 0.38Mbps; prices now start at £35 inc. VAT per month. The one-off installation and hardware setup fee has also been reduced to £717.00.

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23rd Sep, 2009 12:33 PM
Plans to impose £0.50p per month tax on all fixed UK phone lines (Next Generation Fund), which would be used to help fund deployment of next generation broadband services around the country, look to be back after the government confirmed it would soon be made law; crucially, before the next general election.

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23rd Sep, 2009 11:52 AM
Broadband ISP Demon Internet UK (THUS Group) has accidentally released a confidential Spreadsheet - containing details of 3,600 customer email addresses, telephone numbers, usernames, passwords and more - into the public domain.

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