Vaizey: Openreach customer service 'woeful'

During a debate among MPs in the House of Commons, a clear agreement between all parties was found when discussing Openreach's quality of customer service.

'Largest wireless broadband project' to provide superfast internet to national parks

Over 100 broadband masts are to be built and installed in two national parks in a bid to bring superfast internet to the rural areas. Dartmoor and Exmoor will have these poles installed, subject to planning permission, to increase access to superfast internet across the moors.

Government 'holding digital Britain back' claims Labour

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the UK's broadband infrastructure and has pledged more money to the sector if he becomes Prime Minister.

Everest base camp has 'faster speeds than UK countryside'

The tallest mountain in the world has faster broadband speeds than residents living in Somerset according to tests conducted over a 12 month period by

Potential separation of BT Openreach to go before MPs

Dieter Helm, Oxford academic, is set to present evidence before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, supporting the full split of Openreach, the company that maintains and builds the network infrastructure, from BT.

More ambitious broadband speeds needed for businesses, report claims

According to a report released by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Britain's businesses are in danger of being left behind over broadband speeds. In the report, Ultrafast Britain, it claims the UK is struggling behind many other European countries, particularly over the laying of fibre optic cables.

Compensation for slow or no internet connection, review proposes

BT has been told to give rival companies access to its telegraph poles and tunnels to end 'internet blackspots', a review of the state of the Broadband and telecoms market revealed.

Huge support for minimum broadband speeds, study finds

A survey carried out by broadband comparison website has found 77 per cent of participants support the Government's proposals for introducing minimum broadband speeds of 10Mbps. Last year, the Government proposed plans for a new Universal Service Obligation (USO) that would ensure that every business and home would obtain the new speeds.

Review findings for telecoms market to be revealed next week

The regulator Ofcom will publish its review into the telecoms and broadband market next week. The review, the first in a decade, will initially look at the issue of whether BT has a monopoly over the market and will further assess whether Openreach, the company that looks after Britain's network, needs to be taken away from BT.

Superfast internet contributing to Cornwall's tech boom

Cornwall is fast becoming the Silicon Valley equivalent in the UK after coming second in turnover growth in a recent report.

Cost of super-fast fibre connections straight to homes dramatically reduced, research suggests

Hardware built and tested by researchers at the University College London (UCL) could help provide super-fast internet to homes and significantly reduce costs, a study published in the Journal of Lightwave Technology has suggested.

Researchers send data over fibre connection at 1.125 terabits a second

British researchers have developed a method of increasing broadband speeds to around 50,000 times faster than the average UK fibre connection currently allows.

Grimsby boasts fastest broadband speeds - but not for businesses

Grimsby has the fastest broadband speeds in the UK, while Na h-Eileanan an Iar in the Outer Hebrides has the slowest, according to a new report by Ofcom. The Connected Nations 2015 report found Grimsby had connections averaging 46.8Mbps, while the Scottish island’s only reached around 5.6Mbps. UK-wide, the national average download speed was found to be 29.4Mbps.

British businesses 'aren't cyber-resilient'

The majority of UK businesses surveyed for a new report on ‘cyber resilience’ have admitted they still have a long way to go, despite the wider take up of cloud computing and the forthcoming introduction of new regulations on data protection.

Success for alternative technologies in Govt broadband pilots

Pilot projects set up to see how alternative broadband providers can bring superfast broadband to harder to reach rural areas have been hailed as a success.

Rapid price drop in cost of cloud computing

Businesses are paying much cheaper prices for their cloud computing services than they were in 2014, according to new research.

Govt consults on publicly-owned broadband provider

The introduction of a state-owned broadband provider is among the options being considered by the Government in a new consultation on future funding for its Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Thousands of new-build homes left with poor broadband

Many residents of newly-built homes are struggling with slow or non-existent broadband, an investigation from has revealed. The broadband advice site has received thousands of complaints from homebuyers or renters struggling to connect to the internet, despite moving into new developments.

Ofcom launches broadband code of conduct

Ofcom has launched a new code of conduct for broadband providers to ensure UK businesses receive clearer information when they sign a contract. Seven of the UK's leading business broadband providers have signed up to the new code, which calls on organisations to give customers the right to exit a contract if broadband speeds fall below the minimum guaranteed level.

Millions suffer 'dire' broadband speeds

Millions of British homes and businesses still face "dire" broadband speeds, MPs have warned. According to a cross-party report by the British Infrastructure Group (BIG), 5.7 million broadband customers have connections that fall below Ofcom's acceptable minimum speed of 10Mbps, with 3.5 million living in rural areas.

Flexible working to 'become mainstream'

The idea of flexible working will become more mainstream in 2016, according to a report by global real estate company CBRE. The firm's 2015/2016 Occupier Survey, which polls real estate decision makers at 120 companies around the world, found that flexible working has become a priority area for many companies.

Students being held back by poor broadband

Pupils in British schools are being held back by slow broadband speeds, teachers have warned. Speaking to, teachers said that schools are struggling to get the superfast broadband speeds they need in the classroom, leaving students at a disadvantage.

Cambridge Ahead set to create 'hyper-connected city'

A team from the business group Cambridge Ahead has launched a new initiative to help local businesses choose the right broadband network.

Superfast broadband gives boost to rural Dorset village

Moor Crichel has become the latest Dorset village to access superfast fibre broadband, bringing the county one step closer to its target of connecting 90,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2017. The fibre broadband cabinet was installed in the rural village in December, providing residents with speeds of up to 38Mbps in time for Christmas.

Poor rural connectivity puts livelihoods at risk, farmers warn

Poor broadband and mobile connectivity can have life-threatening consequences, members of the agricultural industry have warned. Farmers have said that providers should face "severe penalties" for dropped calls and offer compensation when poor connectivity affects people's livelihoods, reported.

A third of workers want flexible working over pay rise

A third of workers would take flexible working opportunities over a three per cent pay rise, a new study has found. Researchers at Investors in People (IiP) asked respondents to choose between two options: a three per cent pay rise, in line with recent UK increases; or a different non-remuneration benefit, such as flexible working, better training or a clearer progression route.

EEF demands review of business broadband competition

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is urging the Government to review competition in the business broadband market to ensure companies are not paying too much for their connections to the internet.

Online businesses positive about 2016

British online small businesses are optimistic about their prospects in 2016, with many hoping to expand and employ in the coming year, a new study has found.

Poor broadband 'slows down businesses in Skye'

Some businesses on the island of Skye have resorted to using post instead of internet as frustration over slow broadband speeds rises. A complete network shutdown in the north west of the island before Christmas has resulted in reduced speeds of 0.07 Mbps for downloads, making it almost impossible for some businesses to function.

Superfast broadband 'just part' of the UK's digital revolution

The rollout of superfast broadband is critical to the UK's development, but it is just part of a wider "digital revolution", Ed Vaizey has said. Writing in a blog post, the digital minister outlined the key ingredients to the success of the country's 'digital revolution'.

Uptake of superfast broadband soars in South Cambs village

More than half of homes and businesses in the South Cambridgeshire village of Whaddon have rushed to order fibre broadband within only a month of its new street cabinet going live.

UK broadband rollout is fastest in the world

More than 3.5 million homes have now been reached by the government's nationwide rollout of superfast broadband, according to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The progress makes the UK's broadband rollout the fastest in the world, with nine out of 10 homes and businesses now able to access superfast speeds - up from zero per cent in 2009.

Broadband milestone reached in Wiltshire

Wiltshire has reached a new milestone in its bid to bring high-speed internet to everyone in the county as it celebrates the news that 70,000 homes and businesses now have access to super fast broadband after 400 live fibre broadband cabinets were installed in Wiltshire.

Farmers' leaders say more must be done to improve rural broadband

Farmers' leaders have urged the government to do more to improve broadband connectivity in rural areas. In an assessment of Defra’s progress published last week, the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee said the lack of action in rolling out superfast broadband to rural areas is holding back the countryside economy.

Satellite scheme brings fast broadband to rural Hampshire

The struggle to bring superfast broadband to areas of rural Hampshire could be coming to an end as the government pledges to subsidise connections for some homes and businesses. Anyone struggling to access affordable speeds of at least 2Mbps can apply for a discount satellite package, the Hampshire Chronicle reports.

Hundreds of Plymouth homes 'unlikely to have superfast broadband by 2017'

Hundreds of homes and businesses around Plymouth will still be without access to superfast broadband in two years time, MPs have claimed. According to recent data, more than one in five premises will likely be left without superfast speeds - classified as speeds of at least 24 Megabits per second (Mbps) - in at least 17 parliamentary constituencies.

Nearly 20,000 rural premises on Isle of Wight get fibre broadband

Almost 20,000 premises on the Isle of Wight have benefited from a broadband rollout targeted at some of the island's most remote areas.

West Oxfordshire to achieve 100 per cent superfast broadband coverage

West Oxfordshire is to be among the first regions of the UK to have complete access to superfast  broadband.

Better broadband adds £36 million to North Yorkshire economy

Better broadband in North Yorkshire has added £36 million to the local economy, a new survey has suggested.

Remote working on the rise in the UK

Remote working is becoming increasingly prevalent within UK businesses despite the fact it can increase costs and raises security issues, research has suggested.

Broadband satellite dish scheme offered to remote parts of UK

To help solve the broadband woes being experienced by some rural parts of the UK, the Government is going to start offering money towards satellite broadband dishes.

CDS broadband scheme comes under fire

More than 30 suppliers have met as part of an initiative to boost broadband speeds on Britain's south coast.

Fairy lights could slow Wi-Fi speeds, research finds

With Christmas just around the corner, many business will be putting their trees and festive decorations up. However, this could have an adverse effect on their broadband speeds. According to the telecoms regulator Ofcom, the fairy lights that bring the office Christmas tree to life are also slowing down employees' Wi-Fi, should they not be using hard-line connections.

Ofcom: More needs to be done for business broadband

Many small businesses in the UK are still working with slower broadband speeds than are available to consumers, according to Ofcom. In its latest annual Connected Nations survey, the telecoms regulator found that just 68 per cent of SMEs have access to superfast broadband, which Ofcom defines as speeds of 30 Mbps, while 83 per cent of the UK as a whole can access these speeds.

Poor broadband in the City 'could damage London's global status'

Thousands of firms in London's financial district are relying on poor or outdated broadband, MPs have been warned.

Faster broadband available on moon than in rural Lincolnshire

The moon has faster broadband than some parts of rural Lincolnshire, according to a new book by QI.

Superfast broadband to boost North Yorkshire economy by £220 million

The introduction of superfast broadband to wider parts of North Yorkshire will benefit the county's economy by as much as £220 million over the next two years.

Invest in broadband, MPs urge Chancellor

MPs have made a plea to the Chancellor for him to invest in broadband as he prepares to make his Autumn Statement.

Thousands to benefit from Hampshire broadband rollout

Thousands of homes and businesses in Hampshire stand to benefit from the next phase of the county's broadband rollout.

Over 55,000 SMEs benefit from Government broadband voucher scheme

More than 55,000 SMEs in the UK have signed up to the Government's broadband voucher scheme, which has now come to an end. The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme was a Government initiative that would provide grants of up to £3,000 to small businesses to help cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband.


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