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Leaked Labour manifesto promises 30Mbps broadband for all by 2022

Thursday, May 11th 2017

It also promises “uninterrupted 5G coverage” for urban areas, major roads and railways should Jeremy Corbyn’s party win the General Election on 8 June. The document, initially leaked to...

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Gigaclear to reach 150,000 more homes thanks to £111m investment

Friday, May 5th 2017

The provider will use the investment to deliver fibre services to “hundreds of thousands” of premises in Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Northamptonshire – areas where it...

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Government rejects 30Mbps minimum speed for broadband USO

Thursday, April 27th 2017

Digital minister Matt Hancock, during a debate on the Digital Economy Bill yesterday, said there were “serious concerns” about an amendment passed by the House of Lords in February. The...

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Rural areas to benefit from extension of Scottish fibre broadband rollout

Tuesday, March 21st 2017

Stronger than expected take-up of fibre services has seen £15.6m reinvested back into the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project. Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay said the extended...

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'Significant day' for broadband users as BT agrees to legally separate Openreach

Friday, March 10th 2017

At the request of Ofcom, Openreach will become a distinct company with its own staff and management, and a “legal purpose to serve all of its customers equally”. It will also have to consult...

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Spring Budget 2017: Chancellor announces new investment in 5G and fibre broadband

Thursday, March 9th 2017

Delivering his first Spring Budget yesterday, Mr Hammond said investment in infrastructure would help close the productivity gap between the UK and other G7 countries. He said that would be...

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Still no broadband six months after purchase – now BT says it's 'too muddy' to install it

Thursday, March 9th 2017

Helen Carby, 46, ordered broadband and a phone line from the telecoms giant after moving into a cottage in rural Cumbria last August. As there was already a BT box and phone cable in the house...

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Labour: Digital Strategy a 'missed opportunity' to help those left behind

Wednesday, March 1st 2017

The strategy was launched this morning and reiterates the government’s plan for investment in fibre broadband and the introduction of a new universal service obligation (USO) as part of the...

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House of Lords votes in favour of 30Mbps broadband USO

Thursday, February 23rd 2017

A new Universal Service Obligation (USO) has always been a key part of the Bill and the government had suggested setting the minimum speed at 10Mbps. But Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn, tabling an...

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Landowners will help speed up rural broadband rollout - if government delivers on fibre pledge

Friday, January 27th 2017

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, says its members would be willing to renew and update an industry wayleave agreement for access across private land. But it...

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