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Government announces £440m boost for rural broadband rollout

Thursday, December 22nd 2016

The cash comes from a combination of “efficiency savings” and money already invested in the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project that is now being returned by BT. Culture secretary Karen...

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Ofcom: More than a million homes still can't get decent broadband

Friday, December 16th 2016

But that still leaves 1.4m homes and offices – around 5% of properties – without access to 10Mbps, which the regulator says is the minimum required to meet a typical household’s digital...

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UK 4G network 'plagued by not spots', says infrastructure watchdog

Wednesday, December 14th 2016

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) ranked Britain’s 4G network as 54th in the world and said the future rollout of 5G services must be handled better. It said mobile connectivity had...

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Ofcom to force through 'legal separation' of BT and Openreach

Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Openreach is the part of BT responsible for developing and maintaining the UK’s biggest broadband network, used by providers including Sky, TalkTalk, Plusnet and BT itself. In July, Ofcom set...

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Government's fibre investment will do nothing to help rural areas - CLA

Thursday, November 24th 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond, in his first Autumn Statement, announced £400m of funding for a new Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which will help speed up the rollout of fibre to the premises...

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BT's G.Fast plan a 'muddled compromise', says Vodafone

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

Vodafone said that without the government’s intervention, the UK would be reliant on the rollout of G.Fast, a hybrid technology that uses a combination of fibre cables and traditional copper...

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Government's fibre broadband fund 'will not help those who need it most'

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce £400m of funding for a new Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement. The money will be used to speed up the rollout of...

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Watchdog calls for shake-up of 'misleading' broadband speed claims

Thursday, November 17th 2016

The ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) is calling for a change in the way broadband speeds are advertised to make it clear what consumers can expect to receive. Currently, providers can...

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Nuisance calls: Worst and repeat offenders 'should get prison terms'

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced last month that it would soon have the power to hold the directors of rogue companies personally responsible for breaking the law. From...

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CLA: Making tax returns online-only will punish rural businesses with poor broadband

Friday, November 4th 2016

The organisation, which represents landowners, farmers and other rural businesses, is concerned about the government’s plan to digitise all tax-related accounting from 2018. It is warning that a...

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