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  • TalkTalk launches Soho "Customer Experience Centre"
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    TalkTalk launches Soho "Customer Experience Centre"

    By 19 April 2010

    TalkTalk has taken the unusual step of buying up some real estate in London and turning it into what the company is calling a "Customer Experience Centre". In plain English, that translates to a free Wi-Fi equipped lounge that only customers have access...

  • Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill
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    Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill

    By 16 April 2010

    Nick Clegg, buoyed by his success in the first of the three TV debates, has been making a few new promises to voters. One of them is that his party's going to be calling for a repeal of the Digital Economy Act (formerly the Digital Economy Bill) and its...

  • Rural village rolls out its own 40Mbps broadband
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    Rural village rolls out its own 40Mbps broadband

    By 14 April 2010

    A village called Lyddington in Leicestershire has taken the unusual step of creating its own telecoms company, and offering residents speeds of up to 40Mbit/s. The village raised £37,000 for the project, which is a joint venture between villagers upset...

  • How will we connect to the Internet in 2015?
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    How will we connect to the Internet in 2015?

    By 29 March 2010

    There were a number of key themes that came up as we spoke to all our futurologists and industry experts for Future Week and nearly every one of them relied on the existence of a connected world. In terms of our history, it's been a matter of nanoseconds...

  • Thousands want Google's high-speed broadband
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    Thousands want Google's high-speed broadband

    By 29 March 2010

    Google has said that it has had over 1100 applications from towns and cities across the US vying for the search engine to build its highspeed broadband test in their neighbourhood. "We've received more than 1,100 community responses and more than 194,000...

  • Happy 10th Birthday UK broadband
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    Happy 10th Birthday UK broadband

    By 29 March 2010

    Accessing the Internet to read Pocket-lint is something that you probably take for granted, but just 10 years ago the experience would have been very different, very different indeed. That's because 10 years ago broadband wasn't commercially available...

  • PM promises super-fast broadband by 2020
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    PM promises super-fast broadband by 2020

    By 22 March 2010

    Your home broadband speed could be about to get a whole lot faster if Gordon Brown has his way. The Labour PM might only have weeks left in office, but that hasn't stopped him promising to give every home super-fast broadband by 2020. The announcement,...

  • O2 wades into filesharing row
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    O2 wades into filesharing row

    By 17 March 2010

    Mobile phone and broadband network O2 has jumped into the row over content providers sending out thousands of threatening legal letters, calling the practice "bullying".  The main target of O2's wrath is ACS:Law, a law firm which specialises in sending...

  • 50MB broadband comes to the rural countryside
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    50MB broadband comes to the rural countryside

    By 11 March 2010

    Broadband users across the UK, left out in the cold because they are based in the rural countryside, could be about to be thrown a broadband lifeline if trials by Virgin Media are successful. The company has announced a new trial using telegraph poles...

  • Internet access is a right, poll claims
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    Internet access is a right, poll claims

    By 8 March 2010

    A poll of more than 27,000 people across 26 countries has revealed that 79% of people consider internet access to be a "fundamental right". The survey, conducted by GlobeScan on behalf of the BBC, found agreement with the UN's mission for universal web...

  • TalkTalk upgrades all customers to 24Mbps
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    TalkTalk upgrades all customers to 24Mbps

    By 3 March 2010

    TalkTalk has announced that over the next 4 months, all of its customers will be upgraded to a 24Mbps connection - meaning that they'll get pretty much the fastest web speeds that their phone line can support. The company promises that there'll be no...

  • Virgin Media confirms network wide 100Mbps broadband by 2011
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    Virgin Media confirms network wide 100Mbps broadband by 2011

    By 25 February 2010

    Virgin Media has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it hopes to have its entire network able to offer 100Mbps broadband speeds at some point within 2011 - with an initial service available in key areas by the end of the year.  "We are hoping to have a number...

  • Leeds to get 100Mbps broadband in 2010
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    Leeds to get 100Mbps broadband in 2010

    By 24 February 2010

    Leeds telecoms company Aql has announced that the city will be the first in the country to get super-fast broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps. Businesses in the Calls area, many of which are media and marketing agencies, will be the first to benefit from...

  • TalkTalk to call lonely pensioners once a week
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    TalkTalk to call lonely pensioners once a week

    By 18 February 2010

    TalkTalk has announced the launch of a new service designed to offer UK pensioners a "free weekly natter". The new service, called "We’ll Call You", will see TalkTalk staff calling an over 65-year-old customer that lives alone for 5 minutes at a set...

  • YouTube offers video speed dashboard
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    YouTube offers video speed dashboard

    By 12 February 2010

    Video sharing site YouTube has rolled out a new feature that allows you to see how good or bad your broadband connection is at watching videos. It's called the YouTube video speed dashboard. The speed of delivery of web video depends on two main things...

  • VIDEO: Google building its own broadband networks
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    VIDEO: Google building its own broadband networks

    By 10 February 2010

    Google has dropped yet another bomb - announcing suddenly that it's about to start building ultra-fast fibre-optic broadband networks in a selection of communities across the United States. It'll provide speeds of up to - get this - 1Gbps. That's twenty...

  • BT hits a million Wi-Fi hotspots
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    BT hits a million Wi-Fi hotspots

    By 9 February 2010

    Boosted massively by BT FON home hub hotspots, BT has announced it's reached the million milestone for Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK and Ireland. The million-strong Wi-Fi estate also comprises hotspots from BT Openzone (3800) and BT Openzone hotspots via...

  • BT opens up broadband ducts to the competition
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    BT opens up broadband ducts to the competition

    By 8 February 2010

    BT has announced that it's planning to open up its vast underground tunnel network to competitors, so that they can help the company roll out superfast broadband as widely across the country as possible. "We told Ofcom last year we're willing to provide...

  • Tories promise 100Mbps broadband by 2017
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    Tories promise 100Mbps broadband by 2017

    By 1 February 2010

    George Osborne, the Conservative party's Shadow chancellor, has promised the British public that if elected, his government would deliver 100Mbps broadband speeds to the "majority" of homes by 2017. Calling the scheme, "nationwide super-fast broadband",...

  • Tweets in space: ISS hooked up to the web
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    Tweets in space: ISS hooked up to the web

    By 22 January 2010

    The International Space Station has received a software update that enables something rather magical for the astronauts that inhabit it - access to the world wide web. Which we assume will henceforth be known as the solar-system-wide-web. A NASA statement...

  • BT's super fast broadband gets snazzy name, launch date, pricing
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    BT's super fast broadband gets snazzy name, launch date, pricing

    By 22 January 2010

    BT has given its new super fast broadband service a snazzy new name, "Infinity", as it's announced it is to launch in the UK from 25 January. Using fibre optic tech to offer download speeds of up to 40Mbps, the service will cost from £19.99 per month....

  • Virgin Media music service will be called MusicFish
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    Virgin Media music service will be called MusicFish

    By 21 January 2010

    Virgin Media has given a name to its forthcoming music download service - "MusicFish" - and according to reports in Marketing magazine it'll be launching to the public in July. The company says that it's "making good progress". The company, which already...

  • Fewer than 10% of IPv4 address remain
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    Fewer than 10% of IPv4 address remain

    By 19 January 2010

    Anyone up for a bit of web infrastructure news? Well you're getting some anyway, because this is important. The Number Resource Organization, which is part of the backbone of the internet and represents the registration organizations that allocate IP...

  • O2 offers landlines for broadband customers
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    O2 offers landlines for broadband customers

    By 15 January 2010

    O2 is expanding its telecoms empire a little, adding landlines to the package of services that it offers to its customers. From March, O2 Broadband customers will be able to get a landline package added to their phone bill. There'll be two options - an...

  • UK Gov backtracks on Digital Economy bill
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    UK Gov backtracks on Digital Economy bill

    By 13 January 2010

    Shenanigans are afoot in the House Of Lords, as Parliament scrutinizes Peter Mandelson's Digital Economy bill, which Peter Mandelson is desperately trying to push through before the general election looms. The government has backtracked on one set of...