Digital Britain archive

  • Sky Broadband customers to get Cloud Wi-Fi access
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    Sky Broadband customers to get Cloud Wi-Fi access

    By 30 November 2011

    Sky Broadband customers look set to enjoy Wi-Fi hotspot access when out in town thanks to the company’s purchase of The Cloud. The move was confirmed by the Network Implementation Director for Sky Network Services, Trevor Legg, when he spoke to Pocket-lint...

  • BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK
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    BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK

    By 24 August 2011

    The BBC's 3G coverage report has just been published, with findings that reveal that 3G cover is still not up to the standards many operators would have us believe. Taking part in the crowd-sourced survey were 46,000 volunteers, who downloaded an app...

  • Copyright law makes format shifting legal
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    Copyright law makes format shifting legal

    By 3 August 2011

    The Government has announced that it is to make changes to copyright law, legalising the practice of transferring video and audio files from one format, say a CD, over to another - in this age most likely being a digital file. The current law states that...

  • Superfast broadband UK-wide by 2015
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    Superfast broadband UK-wide by 2015

    By 6 December 2010

    The UK broadband saga continues, as news has recently come in that the government will be pledging an extra £50 million, on top of the £830m already set aside for the plan titled "Britain's Superfast Broadband Future" - a mission to get UK-wide superfast...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Digital Economy Bill: What it means for filesharers
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    Digital Economy Bill: What it means for filesharers

    By 8 April 2010

    If you haven't been languishing in a cave or living in some remote corner of the globe without TV or internet access, then you have probably come across something called the Digital Economy Bill. This bill was recently passed and it has within it certain...

  • 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...

  • 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",...

  • UK broadband tax confirmed for Budget
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    UK broadband tax confirmed for Budget

    By 9 December 2009

    Following the news we brought you in September that this would be the case, it seems it definitely is. The 50p-per-month "broadband tax", previously confirmed by Stephen Timms, the treasury minister in charge of implementing the Digital Britain plans,...

  • A fifth of UK adults "digitally excluded"
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    A fifth of UK adults "digitally excluded"

    By 19 October 2009

    21% of all adults in the UK don't use the internet at home, or anywhere else, reports the BBC on the back of new research commissioned to look at Britain's "digital divide" in conjunction with the government's new "Digital Britain" plans. That equates...

  • £6 broadband tax confirmed
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    £6 broadband tax confirmed

    By 23 September 2009

    The plans drawn up under the government's "Digital Britain" scheme to tax all UK phone lines are to go ahead. Stephen Timms, the treasury minister in charge of implementing the Digital Britain plans, has confirmed - despite opposition from the Conservatives...

  • Digital Britain PCs stolen
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    Digital Britain PCs stolen

    By 18 September 2009

    Computers in the offices of the team behind the Digital Britain report have been taken by thieves. The Soho office was broken into overnight and all computers stolen. The irony, of course, is that the one section of the report is tasked with getting computers...

  • "Digital Britain" chief named as Stephen Timms
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    "Digital Britain" chief named as Stephen Timms

    By 7 August 2009

    The man who will be in charge of the government's Digital Britain plans has been named as Stephen Timms, the current treasury minister. Following the departure of communications minister Lord Carter, author of the recent Digital Britain report, Timms...

  • UK's "Digital Inclusion Champion" revealed
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    UK's "Digital Inclusion Champion" revealed

    By 18 June 2009

    As part of the Digital Britain report, it's been revealed who will be the country's first "Digital Inclusion Champion", or DIC, presumably. From 22 June Martha Lane Fox will take up the role for 2 years along with a "Task Force", in order to try and promote...

  • BBC Trust responds to Digital Britain report
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    BBC Trust responds to Digital Britain report

    By 17 June 2009

    The BBC Trust has issued its response to the Digital Britain report, with the Trust's chairman, Sir Michael Lyons, stating there are both "problems to be addressed and opportunities to be grasped". In its role as the "guardian" of the licence fee, the...

  • Digital Britain "obligates" ISPs to keep records on filesharers
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    Digital Britain "obligates" ISPs to keep records on filesharers

    By 16 June 2009

    29% of British people have used filesharing sites to download music, claims the government. 21% have downloaded movies and TV and 15% have downloaded software and videogames. If that's you, then you might be interested to hear what the government plans...

  • DAB switchover date set
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    DAB switchover date set

    By 16 June 2009

    The Government has outlined plans to switch off analogue radio signals by 2015 in its Digital Britain report published on Tuesday. The move, which would see a similar switchover process to the Digital TV switchover scheme currently running, would mean...

  • Digital Britain brings £6 levy to pay for national broadband
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    Digital Britain brings £6 levy to pay for national broadband

    By 16 June 2009

    Every home with a telephone could be hit with a £6 levy in new plans by the government outlined in its Digital Britain report go ahead. The new annual "internet tax" will be used to create an independent national fund to allow increased coverage of broadband...

  • Gordon Brown talks up "Digital Britain"
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    Gordon Brown talks up "Digital Britain"

    By 17 April 2009

    Gordon Brown has said that the "digital future" is "essential" to Britain's industrial strategy to climb out of the current economic downturn. During the keynote speech at the Digital Britain summit in London, the prime minister told attendees: "The digital...

  • Ofcom to push for 40 megabits per second broadband
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    Ofcom to push for 40 megabits per second broadband

    By 3 March 2009

    Ofcom has revealed plans to help the development of ultra high-speed internet access across Britain. The measures are designed to open up development of 40 megabits per second broadband - around 10 times faster than the average UK user currently sees....