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  • BT plans massive fibre optic project in Scotland
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    BT plans massive fibre optic project in Scotland

    By 10 July 2008

    BT is planning a massive project in Scotland that will see hundreds of people offered access to faster broadband connections. The telecoms company is going to lay 70km long fiber optic submarine cable that will connect the Scottish mainland with the Northern...

  • Ofcom says invest in next gen broadband
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    Ofcom says invest in next gen broadband

    By 8 July 2008

    Ofcom has made another push to get broadband speeds up in the UK. In particular, the regulator says that it wants to ensure that businesses that update fibre optic networks to enable second gen broadband connections get a return on their investment. Ed...

  • Holiday maker gets staggering phone bill
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    Holiday maker gets staggering phone bill

    By 6 July 2008

    The authorities are promising to bring down roaming charges for European travellers, but one company, it appears, hasn't had the memo. Yes Telecom has slapped a £31,500 bill on a Brit who used the broadband connection on his mobile whilst away from home....

  • Warning letters go to 800 Virgin Broadband users
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    Warning letters go to 800 Virgin Broadband users

    By 3 July 2008

    It said it was going to crack down on illegal downloads, and Virgin Media has done exactly that sending out warning letters to 800 of its customers. The letters are part of a 10-week pilot programme run in conjunction with the British Phonographic Industry...

  • Virgin Media in trouble over broadband speed claims
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    Virgin Media in trouble over broadband speed claims

    By 2 July 2008

    BT's complaint about a recent Virgin Media advert for its broadband service has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority. BT had said that Virgin's "Hate to Wait?" campaign, that featured download times for songs and TV shows, was not clear...

  • Scottish get £3.3m broadband boost
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    Scottish get £3.3m broadband boost

    By 1 July 2008

    Just weeks ago, we reported that Dundee is to become Scotland's top cyber city after a firm specialising in high speed broadband connections picked the city for new cables. But it seems thousands more Scots could soon be enjoying faster connections. The...

  • O2 fastest ISP in UK
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    O2 fastest ISP in UK

    By 27 June 2008

    O2 has topped a new survey of broadband speeds. The team from Moneysupermarket.com tested connection speeds for 16 different ISPs in the UK. O2 came out the fastest after more than 20,000 line tests were carried out in May. Sky and TalkTalk came in behind...

  • Virgin Media admits to losing customer bank details
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    Virgin Media admits to losing customer bank details

    By 24 June 2008

    In a scandal so familiar today, bank details for 3000 customers have been lost by a Virgin Media member of staff. A CD containing the unencrypted information went missing when a Virgin Media employee took it from one office to another on 29 May. This...

  • Dundee becomes Scotland's super cyber city
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    Dundee becomes Scotland's super cyber city

    By 20 June 2008

    Ofcom had already praised Dundee as one of Scotland's best connected cities for broadband, but now it is to get an even better service. Way back in January, a company called H2O Networks announced that it was going to lay a high speed fibre network in...

  • Carphone offers free Toshiba laptops
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    Carphone offers free Toshiba laptops

    By 19 June 2008

    The Carphone Warehouse is offering more "free" laptops this time with a range from Toshiba free with broadband contracts worth £19.99 a month. The first model offered is the Toshiba L300-149, available from free on a contract from £19.99 a month on...

  • BT promises quicker broadband
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    BT promises quicker broadband

    By 12 June 2008

    BT is promising to boost your broadband, whichever provider you are with, or give you your money back. The new service is claimed will increase your broadband connection speeds by at least 0.5Mbps, even if you are using a different ISP. All customers...

  • Coin-operated Wi-Fi vending machine revealed
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    Coin-operated Wi-Fi vending machine revealed

    By 10 June 2008

    Presumably for emerging markets, Handlink's "Wi-Fi KIOSK" is an interesting idea for those without credit/debit cards - by feeding coins into the machine you get a little printed voucher with a code that lets you access the Wi-Fi network. Need more time?...

  • Virgin Media gets tough on downloads
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    Virgin Media gets tough on downloads

    By 6 June 2008

    Virgin Media suggested way back in March that it may adopt a "three strikes and you're out" policy towards internet subscribers who illegal download copyrighted material. Well the company is now taking action. From next week, for 10 weeks, customers who...

  • Ofcom tackles broadband connections
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    Ofcom tackles broadband connections

    By 5 June 2008

    There are promises a plenty of fast broadband speeds nationwide. A million UK households could soon have access to 24Mbps connections courtesy of BT, while Virgin Media promised at the beginning of the year to boost speeds for its "L" tier package from...

  • BT FON hits 100,000 members
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    BT FON hits 100,000 members

    By 3 June 2008

    BT has announced that it has attracted over 100,000 members in the UK to BT FON, the world's largest Wi-Fi community, where members share their broadband connection to establish a network of wireless hotspots. Every BT customer that joins the BT FON community...

  • Broadband speeds faster in town
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    Broadband speeds faster in town

    By 3 June 2008

    A new report has contradicted Ofcom's claims that broadband connections are better in rural areas than in the UK's cities. Ofcom released the report only last month claiming that broadband up-take is higher in rural areas than towns and cities, and heralded...

  • UK businesses putting up with bad broadband
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    UK businesses putting up with bad broadband

    By 3 June 2008

    Businesses in the UK are showing that oh so British of traits - the stiff upper lip - and putting up with bad broadband connections instead of complaining. According to a new report by analyst firm Quocirca, on behalf of Easynet Connect, one in three...

  • Britain behind for broadband
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    Britain behind for broadband

    By 2 June 2008

    BT and the like may be promising broadband connection speeds of 24Mbps but according to a new report, the UK is lagging behind. The State of the Internet report includes a list of the top ten fastest countries in the world in terms of the speeds citizens...

  • Tiscali revamps TV guide
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    Tiscali revamps TV guide

    By 30 May 2008

    Tiscali has designed a new electronic programme guide for its TV subscribers. The new tool enables viewers to locate on demand, catch up and broadcast programming, from within a huge library of content. Searches can be carried out across a specific channel...

  • BT Home Hub security compromised
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    BT Home Hub security compromised

    By 28 May 2008

    BT's Home Hub system is open to hack attacks, security experts are claiming. Security specialists say that millions of BT customers could be at risk because hackers need only download software, which can be found on the Internet, to then crack passwords...

  • Verizon offering online video subscription service
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    Verizon offering online video subscription service

    By 28 May 2008

    Verizon internet users in the US of A can now subscribe for videos online. The US ISP has signed a contract with Starz Entertainment to expand its video offering on the Internet. For $5.99 a month, Verizon's current 8.5 million high speed internet service...

  • Solihull council flat residents get free broadband
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    Solihull council flat residents get free broadband

    By 23 May 2008

    Council flat residents in Solihull, the West Midlands, are to get free or subsidised broadband. Networking company CI-Net has teamed up with Solihull Community Housing (SCH) to deliver wireless broadband connections to a possible 11,000 council homes....

  • Rural dwellers more connected than city slickers, says Ofcom
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    Rural dwellers more connected than city slickers, says Ofcom

    By 22 May 2008

    For the first time, people living in the countryside are enjoying better broadband connections that their counterparts in towns and cities. According to new stats from Ofcom, 59% of rural homes now have broadband, compared to 57% of urbanites. And Ofcom...

  • Vodafone buys rest of Arcor
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    Vodafone buys rest of Arcor

    By 19 May 2008

    Vodafone has announced that it has agreed to acquire the 26.4% interest in Arcor AG & Co. KG that it does not already own from Deutsche Bahn AG and Deutsche Bank AG for a cash consideration of 474 million euros. Vodafone acquired the majority holding...

  • BT still biggest ISP in UK
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    BT still biggest ISP in UK

    By 16 May 2008

    BT is still the largest broadband provider in the UK even though the company has seen strong competition from other ISPs in the UK. The results, garnered from the company's fourth quarter figures shows that BT has nearly 4.5m subscribers for their broadband...