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  • Virgin Media "actively exploring" public Wi-Fi network
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    Virgin Media "actively exploring" public Wi-Fi network

    By 23 November 2010

    Virgin Media is considering taking on the likes of BT Openzone and The Cloud by launching its own public Wi-Fi network. A Virgin Media spokeswoman said that the cable giant, which specialises in fast-speed home broadband was "learning" from US company...

  • Virgin Media wants an end to the "broadband con"
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    Virgin Media wants an end to the "broadband con"

    By 18 November 2010

    Virgin Media has announced its Stop The Broadband Con scheme, which aims to put an end to the misleading speeds that ISPs currently advertise. It's a debate that has been pretty much done to death now, with most people aware that the speed you actually...

  • Skype Access free public Wi-Fi for all
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    Skype Access free public Wi-Fi for all

    By 5 November 2010

    Skype is getting into the spirit of Internet Week Europe, by announcing that it will be offering free Wi-Fi during the festival. What this means, is that from 8 November to 12 November, you'll be able to access the web for nowt when you're out and about...

  • Virgin Media eats its fibre (optics) with 100Mb broadband
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    Virgin Media eats its fibre (optics) with 100Mb broadband

    By 27 October 2010

    Virgin Media has been talking up its ultra-fast 100Mb broadband plans for quite a time now, and finally the service is official. Pre-registrations have opened for the service, which promises almost 20 times the average UK download speed (which stands...

  • Three Mobile still ranked No.1 for mobile broadband
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    Three Mobile still ranked No.1 for mobile broadband

    By 26 October 2010

    Three's mobile broadband network has been rated the UK's best for the second successive year after a YouGov survey of users. Three was awarded the title after customers praised its connection speeds, ease of use, reliability and value for money. In a...

  • Virgin Media keen to climb BT's poles
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    Virgin Media keen to climb BT's poles

    By 8 October 2010

    Following Ofcom's report and outlines for the UK's super-fast broadband network, Virgin Media has welcomed the news that competitors will be given access to BT's underground ducts and telegraph poles. A Virgin Media spokesperson said: "This is an important...

  • Ofcom outlines super-fast broadband ambitions
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    Ofcom outlines super-fast broadband ambitions

    By 7 October 2010

    Communications watchdog Ofcom has announced its plans for the future of Britain's super-fast broadband network. A statement read that the decisions made were, "designed to promote competition and investment in super-fast broadband services across the...

  • BT offers new way of surfing in Cornwall
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    BT offers new way of surfing in Cornwall

    By 30 September 2010

    BT has announced plans to roll out super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of houses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The plan is to have the system up and running by 2014, with BT and the EU sharing the £132 million cost - with £78 million coming from...

  • Virgin Media boosts broadband upload speeds
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    Virgin Media boosts broadband upload speeds

    By 30 September 2010

    A lot is made of broadband download speeds. In fact, when an ISP advertises its service, it's all about the downspeed. But, with more and more content going the other way, and our reliance on the cloud growing by the day, then upload speeds are becoming...

  • Pigeons faster than broadband Internet
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    Pigeons faster than broadband Internet

    By 17 September 2010

    This may sound like a joke to some, but if your broadband isn't up to scratch then it might not seem quite so funny. On Thursday, ten plucky pigeons carrying USB sticks were released from a Yorkshire farm, making the 120-mile journey to Skegness in just...

  • Virgin Media to install 50Mb broadband at V Festival
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    Virgin Media to install 50Mb broadband at V Festival

    By 4 August 2010

    In association with Ovi by Nokia, Virgin Media is installing 50Mb broadband in both the V Festival sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston park, Staffordshire, 21 - 22 August. The provider is to feed a full internet service to The Mansion, an area...

  • Virgin Media: Superfast broadband...from your electricity pole
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    Virgin Media: Superfast broadband...from your electricity pole

    By 27 July 2010

    Residents of Crumlin, Caerphilly, hold on to your, er, keyboards - because superfast broadband is coming your way courtesy of Virgin Media's fibre optic cabling and your existing electricity poles. This will be the first time that an existing infrastructure...

  • Ofcom: UK Broadband getting faster, but not as fast as advertised
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    Ofcom: UK Broadband getting faster, but not as fast as advertised

    By 27 July 2010

    Ofcom has found UK Broadband speeds are getting faster, but unsurprisingly for anyone who has broadband, not as fast as ISPs are advertising. In the latest research from the watchdog, it found that fixed-line residential broadband speed has increased...

  • BT and TalkTalk willing to fight Digital Economy Act
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    BT and TalkTalk willing to fight Digital Economy Act

    By 8 July 2010

    BT and TalkTalk are taking their opposition to the Digital Economy Act to the High Court, after both companies filed papers asking for a judicial review of the controversial act. The Act, which was rushed through at the tail-end of the Labour's government...

  • BUDGET: Broadband tax officially scrapped
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    BUDGET: Broadband tax officially scrapped

    By 22 June 2010

    The coalition government has decided not to pursue Labour's plans to add a 50p tax to all landline telephone users to pay for an improved broadband network. George Osborne made the announcement as part of his emergency Budget. The Conservatives were vocal...

  • Unlimited data: Cut the BS please
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    Unlimited data: Cut the BS please

    By 18 June 2010

    The fact that broadband providers routinely advertise their data allowance as unlimited when it is nothing of the sort really grates on Pocket-lint's nerves. Take Orange for example, and its iPhone 4 data plans. It states that there is "unlimited" data...

  • BT gets reprieve, but still has to share broadband network
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    BT gets reprieve, but still has to share broadband network

    By 4 June 2010

    British Telecom has seen a 4-year reprieve to the physical unbundling of its broadband infrastructure in Ofcom's latest decision regarding the future of super-fast broadband. Possibly seen as a compromise, the telecoms giant will have more control over...

  • The Cloud to rain down faster Wi-Fi
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    The Cloud to rain down faster Wi-Fi

    By 2 June 2010

    The Cloud has announced that it is upgrading its public Wi-Fi network so as its users will be able to get a minimum 8MB connection, with 16MB or 24MB available in some areas. Great news if you're planning on watching the footie whilst you're out and about...

  • Ofcom acts on Digital Economy Act
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    Ofcom acts on Digital Economy Act

    By 28 May 2010

    Ofcom has published the draft initial obligations code as a result of the guidelines laid out in the controversial Digital Economy Act. As expected, it includes a three strikes rule, which could see persistent file sharers ending up in court over copyright...

  • UK lagging well behind for broadband speed
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    UK lagging well behind for broadband speed

    By 26 May 2010

    The UK may be above the global average in terms of broadband downstream speeds, but in terms with competing with the big players, it is falling way behind. A new league table produced by Ookla, which it is calling the Net Index, shows that in the period...

  • Superfast broadband could be funded by licence fee
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    Superfast broadband could be funded by licence fee

    By 20 May 2010

    The 50p broadband tax that Labour wanted to introduce has been scrapped by the new coalition government. Instead the money to fund the superfast network, which isn't really superfast at all, will be raised by skimming money off of the top of the licence...

  • O2 adds home phone deals to its broadband packages
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    O2 adds home phone deals to its broadband packages

    By 6 May 2010

    O2 has introduced home phone packages for its broadband customers. New customers are also able to take advantage of its broadband and home phone bundles. For £9.50 a month you can get free evening and weekend calls to landlines. And £12.50 a month will...

  • Orange unleashes its animals for mobile broadband packages
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    Orange unleashes its animals for mobile broadband packages

    By 5 May 2010

    Orange has revamped its mobile broadband packages and brought in the animal branding that its phone service customers will already be familiar with. At the top end of the scale the Panther package will cost you £25 per month on a rolling deal that gives...

  • Sky offers 20Mbps broadband for free
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    Sky offers 20Mbps broadband for free

    By 23 April 2010

    As of June 1, British broadcaster Sky is to upgrade all of its existing broadband customers to (up to) 20Mbps, and streamline its packages to two simple offerings. The company is also going to give all Sky TV and telephone line subscribers the highest...

  • Tibboh: the ISP that gives the Internet a BBFC rating
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    Tibboh: the ISP that gives the Internet a BBFC rating

    By 23 April 2010

    A new ISP that promises to protect your kids from some of the more unsightly areas of the Internet has launched in the UK with the help of the British Board of Film Classification. The new service, called tibboh has teamed up with the BBFC to deliver...