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31st Aug, 2010 13:17 PM
The i3 Group's Fibrecity project, which is already offering "super-fast" 100Mb Fibre-to-the-Home ( FTTH ) fibre optic broadband ISP services in the south coast city of Bournemouth (Dorset), has asked for residents who want to be connected to its next fibre optic network in Dundee (Scotland) to apply now and benefit from a FREE connection.

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31st Aug, 2010 12:55 PM
The sometimes controversial Chinese telecommunications solutions firm, Huawei, has strengthened its partnership with BT Openreach by providing a number of access products to aid deployment of the operators new national "super-fast" UK fibre optic broadband ISP network.

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31st Aug, 2010 12:16 PM
The latest consumer study from Which? UK, a popular consumer magazine, found that nearly half of those it surveyed (10,000 people) had suffered problems when trying to change broadband provider. Issues such as on-going billing after cancellation, difficulties with establishing the new ISP connection and downtime (more than a few hours without internet access) came top of the gripes.

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31st Aug, 2010 07:26 AM
The Gadget Show, a highly popular TV series that airs at 8pm on UK Channel FIVE each Monday, last night re-launched its long held campaign to have the words "up to" removed from how broadband ISP services in the UK are advertised. The show referenced Ofcom's latest broadband speed study (here), which found that ISPs who advertised "up to 8Mb" actually only delivered an average of 3.3Megabits per second (Mbps).

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31st Aug, 2010 06:08 AM
BT has revealed that its UK telecoms network is now home to 15 Million broadband ISP connections, which is equivalent to adding over 5,000 new subscribers every day since August 2002 when BT had just 200,000. Virgin Media UK is home to the second largest bulk with 3,936,000 (Q2-2010 data) customers on its separate Cable Modem (DOCSIS) platform.

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28th Aug, 2010 00:00 AM
Google's popular video website, YouTube, has teamed up with Blinxbox to offer UK visitors access to a FREE broadband movie streaming service (YouTube Movies), which initially includes 400 full-length films for your viewing pleasure. Sadly most of the films are either very old or simply not very good, which explains why they're free :cheese: .

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27th Aug, 2010 12:35 PM
Office for National Statistics (ONS) has issued its 2010 Internet Access - Households and Individuals report, which reveals that 19.2 million households (73%) now have internet access (18.31m in 2009) and 30.1 million adults use it to go online every day.

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27th Aug, 2010 07:19 AM
Solicitors at Ralli, a national UK law firm, are trying to rally gain support for pursuing Andrew Crossley's rival legal firm ACS:Law as part of a "group action for harassment" suit against their controversial illegal broadband ISP file sharing threat letters. Earlier this week the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) referred ACS:Law to a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) (here) after it sent "bullying" letters to those it had accused of having abused their internet connections for "illegal" copyright file sharing (p2p) activity.

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27th Aug, 2010 06:23 AM
Broadband provider XILO UK (uno Broadband) has quietly revealed the pre-launch pricing for its forthcoming range of next generation Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) / fibre optic based 'up to' 40Mbps HOME broadband ISP packages, with prices starting from £27.90 inc. VAT per month.

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27th Aug, 2010 00:20 AM
The i3 Group ( Fibrecity ), which is currently rolling out several "super-fast" 100Mbps fibre optic ( FTTH ) broadband networks to businesses and residents around cities in the UK (e.g. Bournemouth), has announced the appointment of an ex-BT Broadcast Services boss, Mark Smith, to the post of CEO at Opencity Media Ltd.

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26th Aug, 2010 13:12 PM
The introduction of Ofcom's Draft Code of Practice for tackling online copyright infringement by customers of UK broadband ISPs may have to be delayed. The government had hoped to rush the code, which is a necessary part of the controversial 2010 Digital Economy Act (DEA), into operation next year but the sheer complexity of the process and a number of other issues are believed to be holding it up.

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26th Aug, 2010 07:33 AM
Broadband ISP supplier Entanet UK has taken a few shots at developments in the USA, which recently saw Google and Verizon moot a highly controversial proposal for tackling Net Neutrality (the principal of treating all internet traffic as equal) that would effectively exclude wireless carriers, potentially creating a two-tier Internet.

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26th Aug, 2010 07:06 AM
Businesses in Wales look set to benefit after ZyXEL UK, a broadband access solutions provider, and ISP Carrier Wales (CW) teamed up to help deliver fibre optic 'uncontended' connectivity with services from 10Mb to 1Gb to businesses across the country. CW also adds WiMAX wireless broadband technology on to the end of their 'hardwired network, allowing high-speed Internet that can reach out to more remote rural communities.

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26th Aug, 2010 06:19 AM
Mobile operator T-Mobile UK (Everything Everywhere) has cut the one-off kit price for its Pay Per Day (PPD) Mobile Broadband package from £19.99 to just £8.99 + £10 top-up and customers will get 30 days FREE access when they buy their first new day (24 hours access) for £2.

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26th Aug, 2010 00:44 AM
Broadband ISP TalkTalk UK has launched its latest 2010 Digital Heroes Awards, which reward those who do outstanding work by using digital technology to improve the lives of people in their communities.

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25th Aug, 2010 11:35 AM
Anthony Vollmer, CEO of broadband ISP PlusNet UK, has departed the provider for pastures new within the wider BT Group. Voller took the reins in 2008 and has guided them through a difficult recession and the emergence of new broadband solutions.

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25th Aug, 2010 08:38 AM
Cable giant Virgin Media UK has extended its 2 MONTHS FREE broadband ISP, television and phone bundle service offer until the end of August (12 month contract applies). The promotion also includes a FREE Installation worth £35.

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25th Aug, 2010 08:12 AM
UK ISP XILO has informed us about a "quite convincing" new telephone scam that is currently doing the rounds and appears to be targeting their broadband customers and potentially also those of other internet providers.

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25th Aug, 2010 07:34 AM
New Analysys Mason research, which is based upon data obtained from over 1000 fixed broadband bundles in the UK, Europe and USA, reveals that average monthly price paid (PPP) for a fixed broadband service bundle has fallen by £4.10 (5 Euros) between Q4-2009 and Q2-2010 to £33.42 (40.7 Euros) per month.

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25th Aug, 2010 06:31 AM
The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a swathe of complaints from members of the public, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband against a TV advert, three radio ads and a national press ad for BT Retail's Total Broadband service. Crucially the claim "CONSISTENTLY FASTER BROADBAND even at peak times" faced the biggest backlash, not least because of how BT adopts a Traffic Management policy.

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