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30th Jan, 2010 07:17 AM
The Pennsylvania State University has developed a new method of indoor Optical Wireless network that does not require a line-of-sight and runs at speeds of 1Gbps+. The setup uses multi-element transmitters and multi-branch optical receivers in a quasi-diffuse configuration (*head explodes*) and could eventually replace Wi-Fi.

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29th Jan, 2010 11:55 AM
ISPreview community member and editor of the BE Usergroup, drsox, has posted an interesting video that compares the broadband speed of a BT Total Broadband connection with that of Be Broadband during peak usage hours. The test highlights how serious the impact of Traffic Management (Throttling) can be on a BT connection for even basic non-P2P downloads.

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29th Jan, 2010 07:10 AM
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has criticised solicitor firm ACS:Law for sending threatening letters to customers of UK broadband ISPs whom are "suspected" of involvement with illegal piracy downloading. Those targeted are frightened into paying a settlement fee (£300-£500) or warned that they could face legal action.

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28th Jan, 2010 07:58 AM
Analyst firm Point Topic has warned that it will be difficult for the government to strike the right balance of investment in Next Generation Broadband Access (NGA). In particular they highlight the dangers of having a patchwork with many individual players and have supported calls for a more standardised approach.

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28th Jan, 2010 07:43 AM
Mobile operator Three (3) has activated its 10,000th 3G site as part of a programme to improve and extend their existing UK Mobile Broadband network coverage. The 10,000th site was connected in Shooters Hill, South-East London, bringing better 3G coverage and more capacity to the area. The site officially went online last Friday evening.

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28th Jan, 2010 07:00 AM
BSkyB ( Sky Broadband ) has released its latest set of quarterly results to 31st December 2009. The group’s broadband service maintained a steady level of +101,000 quarterly net additions, taking its total ISP subscriber base up to 2,404,000. Some 18% of Sky's customers now choose the operator for all three of TV, broadband and telephony, up +1% on Q3-2009.

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27th Jan, 2010 12:29 PM
The UK governments Independent Spectrum Broker (ISB), Kip Meek, has said that an auction of the 2.6GHz spectrum band is unlikely to happen this year. The band is ideal for use by future 4G Mobile Broadband technology, such as Long Term Evolution ( LTE ), which promises peak download speeds of up to 1000Mbps (1Gbps).

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27th Jan, 2010 11:46 AM
BT Wholesale has just clarified to us that the minimum download speed consumers can expect to receive from its new 'up to' 40Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) fibre optic broadband technology is 15Mbps. In addition the operator confirmed that VDSL2 (not VDSL) is being used to deliver the "last mile" connection over existing copper wire and into people’s homes.

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27th Jan, 2010 09:00 AM
Consumer magazine Which? has once again accused ACS:Law solicitors of wrongfully issuing 150 customers of UK broadband ISPs with copyright infringement letters for "suspected" illegal downloading activity. Those targeted are frightened into paying a settlement fee of between £300-£500 or face the threat of court action.

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27th Jan, 2010 07:51 AM
New research from BroadbandChoices has suggested that many UK consumers who pay extra for broadband ISP packages, specifically those touting "unlimited" usage allowances, may be doing so unnecessarily. The survey of 1400 broadband users revealed that over half pay for an "unlimited" deal and yet a similar figure of 53% downloaded just 10GB (GigaByte's) or less per month.

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27th Jan, 2010 01:31 AM
Broadband provider TalkTalk has once again warned that the Digital Economy Bill could have precisely the opposite of its desired effect. TalkTalk fears it will ignite the development of tools that make it even easier for people to access music, films and other copyright-protected material for free and undetected, defeating any attempt to protect copyright.

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26th Jan, 2010 11:36 AM
The i3 Group (H2O Networks, Fibrecity) has today reiterated its warning about UK government plans to put a 50p +vat per month tax on all fixed phone lines, which aims to help fund the rollout of next generation broadband services to 90% of the country by 2017. i3 fears that the tax could have the opposite affect and actually create a new digital divide by disincentivising investment in superfast connectivity.

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26th Jan, 2010 11:20 AM
British Telecom ( BT ) has introduced a couple of new Winter Deals on its broadband and voice call bundles. Firstly customers can get unlimited UK weekend calls and up to 20Mbps broadband (10GB usage allowance) for only £7.99 per month for the first 3 months (returning to £15.99 a month plus £11.54 monthly line rental (18 month contract) thereafter).

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26th Jan, 2010 08:26 AM
The UK district of South Derbyshire, which has long suffered from poor Internet connection speeds, could be in line for some much needed improvements to its broadband infrastructure. Councillors have recently become more positive after one of BT's senior directors promised to visit and answer questions.

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26th Jan, 2010 07:27 AM
The European Commission (EC) is to cast a suspicious eye over controversial trials of Detica's new Deep Packet Inspect (DPI) technology (CView) by broadband Cable Modem ISP Virgin Media UK (original news). The system will effectively inspect a customer’s private online activity, apparently without their prior consent, so as to measure the level of copyright infringement (illegal file sharing) on VM's network.

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26th Jan, 2010 03:09 AM
Dissatisfaction with BT engineer visits and the costs that can be incurred are nothing new (see here). Rarely does a week go by without somebody somewhere complaining of an unfair charge or similar annoyance. The good news is that BT has proposed a new Special Faults Investigation 2 (SFI2) service to put right a few of these wrongs; the bad news is that some ISPs suggest it could do the opposite.

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25th Jan, 2010 10:28 AM
Last week BT revealed the details of its residential 'up to' 40Mbps FTTC fibre optic broadband packages and today it has followed the news by unwrapping their BT Business options, which are simply called 'Total Broadband Fibre' and 'Total Broadband Fibre Plus'. The service will be made available from tomorrow and is understandably more expensive (+vat), with business traffic being given priority at times of contention.

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25th Jan, 2010 03:29 AM
The rural West Midlands Herefordshire Council has touted a new 16 year development plan ('Shaping Our Place 2026') that puts next generation fibre optic broadband deployment right at the top of its priority list.

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25th Jan, 2010 01:56 AM
The 2009 ENISA Anti-Spam Measures survey, which asked 92 email offering providers in Europe (5 from the UK) about the measures they take to combat junk messages in their networks, has revealed that less than 5% of all email traffic is delivered to mailboxes (i.e. most email is still junk). In addition it found that no significant progress had been reported in the fight against SPAM.

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23rd Jan, 2010 08:40 AM
The Traffic Management and Shaping measures imposed by many UK broadband providers have the power to both help and hamper a customer’s connection. Though this often depends on both how an end user chooses to make use of their service and the degree to which his or her ISP enforces any limits.

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