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23rd Feb, 2010 12:48 PM
A new survey of over 1,400 UK people has revealed that 20% of respondents do not know what the terms of either their broadband ISPs download limits or Fair Usage Policy (FUP) are. Furthermore nearly one third said that their ISP's Traffic Management policy was not explained during the signup process.

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23rd Feb, 2010 11:28 AM
Ah Chuck Norris, perhaps one of the greatest film and TV stars who ever lived [ED: In a parallel universe] and the only person we know who could kill a man at 50 paces with only the hair of his beard (MacGyver could probably beat that), has now been immortalised again by a new virus that attacks broadband ISP DSL routers and modems.

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23rd Feb, 2010 08:21 AM
Cable giant Virgin Media UK has launched a range of new 'Travel Passes' for European Mobile Broadband and Internet roaming. These aim to offer a more affordable solution for customers who would still like to go online when travelling outside of the UK.

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23rd Feb, 2010 07:00 AM
The Business Innovation and Skills Committee (BISC), which is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), has branded government proposals for a 50p +vat per month broadband tax on all fixed phone lines in the country as "unfair".

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22nd Feb, 2010 12:26 PM
The Swindon Borough Council has reportedly completed the first phase in its bold plan to install a wireless ( Wi-Fi ) broadband mesh covering the whole borough with free internet access. The project was first announced in November last year (here).

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22nd Feb, 2010 11:36 AM
SIRODA, a network measurement specialist, has compared the data / Internet speeds of all five UK mobile operators ( T-Mobile , Orange , O2 , Three (3) , Vodafone ) over a 60 day period and across 150 UK locations. The test measured mobile data connection speed at peak periods throughout the day and concluded that O2 was the best.

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22nd Feb, 2010 01:48 AM
A 22-year-old university student, William Harrison, has been left stung after mobile operator Orange UK billed him £8000 for using his Mobile Broadband connection outside of the country. This is despite last year’s introduction of new European laws designed to prevent "bill shocks" (here).

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22nd Feb, 2010 00:44 AM
The Government has pledged "not [to] terminate the accounts of infringers" in its response to a small petition that called on the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to abandon Lord Mandelsons Digital Economy Bill plans to ban individuals from the Internet based on their use of "illegal" peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing via UK broadband ISPs. But all is not what it seems.

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20th Feb, 2010 08:13 AM
ISP Vivaciti has reduced the price of its unbundled LLU Unlimited and LLU 75GB broadband packages to £17.04 inc. VAT and £24.99 inc. VAT per month respectively. Both packages offer download speeds of up to 24Mbps (1Mbps uploads), a static IP, website hosting and dedicated 24/7 UK based support.

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20th Feb, 2010 07:35 AM
Broadband provider TalkTalk ( AOL UK, Opal ) UK looks set to go head to head with Virgin Media later this year when it launches a mobile phone service to complement existing broadband and phone bundles. The ISP has also made no secret of the fact that it plans to launch a broadband TV ( IPTV ) service, based off the forthcoming Project Canvas, which would turn it into a quad-play provider.

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19th Feb, 2010 12:57 PM
UK mobile network operators T-Mobile and Orange have offered to give up 25% of their existing 1800Mhz spectrum band as a concession for allowing the proposed merger to proceed. However the FT reports that rival operators, such as O2 and Vodafone UK, believe 25% is still too little.

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19th Feb, 2010 12:12 PM
The imaginatively titled Newcastle-based Broadband Computer Company (BCC) has launched a new linux-based Laptop called Alex, which runs software that has been specifically designed for novice first-time users. It's a highly simplified setup and can even be purchased with a bundled broadband connection.

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19th Feb, 2010 10:20 AM
ISP Eclipse Internet (KCOM) has announced the launch of its new fibre optic ( FTTC ) based business focused Eclipse Fibre and Fibre Pro broadband packages, offering download speeds of up to 40Mbps (10Mbps uploads). The service will come with a 12Mbps guaranteed throughput speed and should go live on 12th April for existing users and 19th April for new subscribers.

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19th Feb, 2010 07:10 AM
Telco and ISP BT UK has cut the price of its broadband and phone service bundles. The packages have also been renamed from Get Connected, Home and Away and Unlimited to Talk and Surf, Talk and Surf Plus and Talk and Surf Unlimited respectively. Full details, including the new lower prices, can be found below.

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18th Feb, 2010 12:41 PM
Paul Mutton, the man responsible for unearthing a Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attack vulnerability in O2's Wireless Box II and III (Thomson TG585 and TG585n) broadband routers last year (here), recently informed us that the problem had not been correctly resolved.

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18th Feb, 2010 12:23 PM
The chairman of UKspace, a trade association for Britain's space industry, has unsurprisingly suggested that future Satellite broadband services could provide a "faster" Internet access solution for consumers if the right investment were made.

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18th Feb, 2010 11:51 AM
The £70m Pathfinder North Broadband Project, which aimed to provide fast broadband links to 801 schools, libraries and other local authority buildings throughout the Scottish Highlands and Islands, has finally been completed.

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18th Feb, 2010 07:59 AM
Older people who live alone are to be offered a friendly weekly phone call from phone and broadband provider TalkTalk UK. The free service,'We’ll Call You', is designed to provide older people a guaranteed weekly natter. We can only imagine the comical chats they might have if Victor Meldrew (BBC One sitcom - One Foot in the Grave) was one of their customers.

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18th Feb, 2010 07:04 AM
The Head of Operations at popular UK ISP Be Broadband has warned that the "true freedom" of the Internet could be damaged if Google is allowed to start building its own fibre optic broadband networks.

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17th Feb, 2010 11:51 AM
Arqiva has officially launched a free public beta of its new broadband TV and video-on-demand website - SeeSaw UK. The setup is very similar to the BBC's web-based iPlayer TV catch-up service and initially includes around 3,000 hours of content from the BBC, Channel 4 and Five (Adobe Flash Player 10 is required for viewing content).

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