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  • UK government draws list of sites for ISPs to unblock again, thanks to over-enthusiastic filters
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    UK government draws list of sites for ISPs to unblock again, thanks to over-enthusiastic filters

    By 31 January 2014

    The UK government is creating a whitelist of websites that have been inadvertently blocked by porn and anti-piracy filters implemented by internet service providers. Several sites, such as those maintained by drug and sex education charities, have been...

  • BT, TalkTalk and Sky porn filters also found to block legitimate sex education sites
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    BT, TalkTalk and Sky porn filters also found to block legitimate sex education sites

    By 19 December 2013

    After months of debate, internet service providers have started to engage filters to protect children from porn at the behest of the UK government. For new BT customers, TalkTalk customers and Sky subscribers these filters will be automatically switched...

  • Sky, BT, Virgin Media and other UK ISPs ordered to block further torrent sites
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    Sky, BT, Virgin Media and other UK ISPs ordered to block further torrent sites

    By 1 March 2013

    The UK government clampdown on torrent sites continues, this time in the form of a new court order which will force BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, EE and O2 to block websites Kickass Torrents (kat.ph), H33T and Fenopy. High court judge Mr Justice Arnold said...

  • Netflix reveals top UK ISPs for movie streaming... Virgin Media the best
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    Netflix reveals top UK ISPs for movie streaming... Virgin Media the best

    By 16 January 2013

    Netflix has published its latest list of which internet service providers are best for streaming movies and TV shows. It uses data gleaned by its millions of members to compare ISPs for real-world performance and will update the list on a month-by-month...

  • Internet porn won't be blocked in UK
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    Internet porn won't be blocked in UK

    By 17 December 2012

    Ministers have decided against a blanket ban on internet porn in the UK. A campaign was started in May to bring about a law to force internet service providers to block access to online pornography, much like they must do with The Pirate Bay. Those who...

  • UK government turns on porn sites as next target for ISPs to block
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    UK government turns on porn sites as next target for ISPs to block

    By 4 May 2012

    With The Pirate Bay now blocked by several of the UK's internet service providers, after a court order, the British government is now turning its sights on pornography. It is to consult with ISPs on the possibility of their blocking access to all porn...

  • Pirate Bay hits out at UK ISP ban
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    Pirate Bay hits out at UK ISP ban

    By 1 May 2012

    Pirate Bay has hit out at the UK High Court ban imposed on it this week, claiming the UK is akin to censorship policies of Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia.  In a post on the site's blog, the people behind the file-sharing service explain how users can...

  • TalkTalk joins the superfast broadband race
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    TalkTalk joins the superfast broadband race

    By 13 March 2012

    It isn't just Virgin Media and BT you can look to in order to fulfil your deepest, darkest fibre-optic desires, you know. TalkTalk has some superfast broadband of its own and, following the launch of its 40Mb platform last year, it is now doubling the...

  • TalkTalk ordered to block pirate site Newzbin 2
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    TalkTalk ordered to block pirate site Newzbin 2

    By 15 February 2012

    Back in July BT was ordered by a High Court Judge to block the piracy website Newzbin 2 following legal action from the Motion Picture Association. Then, in November, the MPA reportedly approached Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk to seek a block without...

  • TalkTalk porn filter fails to protect from adult website
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    TalkTalk porn filter fails to protect from adult website

    By 6 December 2011

    TalkTalk's new filter system that, amongst other things, aims to block adult websites has failed for over a week. This has allowed access to Pornhub, one of Britain's largest pornography websites. The internet protection service in question is called...

  • 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...

  • Virgin Media and TalkTalk block Newzbin 2 block
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    Virgin Media and TalkTalk block Newzbin 2 block

    By 10 November 2011

    Back in July BT was ordered by a High Court Judge to block piracy website Newzbin 2, following legal action from the Motion Picture Association. And now it seems that the MPA thought that ruling would mean that the other members of the "big 4" ISPs would...

  • BT ordered to block pirate site Newzbin 2
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    BT ordered to block pirate site Newzbin 2

    By 28 July 2011

    In a move that could have major implications for the future of the free web, BT has been ordered by a High Court Judge to block pirate website Newzbin 2. No, not pirate website as in the Jolly Roger and all that jazz, pirate as in illegal content such...

  • Ofcom to lower rural broadband prices
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    Ofcom to lower rural broadband prices

    By 20 July 2011

    Ofcom is set to put a cap on the prices that BT Wholesale can charge ISPs in rural areas, meaning a reduction in broadband cost for countryside customers.  A yearly 12 per cent below inflation reduction will mean serious savings for those in the less...

  • Virgin Media 100Mb broadband hits 4 million homes and counting
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    Virgin Media 100Mb broadband hits 4 million homes and counting

    By 10 June 2011

    Virgin Media's 100Mb broadband service is now available to over four million British homes, and the service provider plans to switch over many more areas before the end of 2011. Currently, 86 areas of the UK are able to get the superfast service, delivered...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Digital Economy Bill here to stay
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    Digital Economy Bill here to stay

    By 24 May 2010

    New Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has stated that the new Government will not overturn the Digital Economy Bill, as rushed through in the last few weeks of Labour's tenure. The controversial bill which, among other things,...

  • TalkTalk "will never surrender" over DEB
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    TalkTalk "will never surrender" over DEB

    By 12 April 2010

    TalkTalk, the loudest voice behind most ISP's general disapproval of the proposals put forward in Labour's unloved Digital Economy Bill, has vowed to continue the fight against the bill, despite it becoming law in the Parliamentary wash-up period.  The...

  • Tiscali offers "Music for Life"
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    Tiscali offers "Music for Life"

    By 29 October 2009

    TalkTalk's Tiscali.co.uk has joined the ranks of UK ISPs providing music services with the launch of "Music for Life", said to be a "new" music download offering available to all Tiscali users. www.tiscali.co.uk/downloads offers access to a catalogue...

  • TalkTalk offers "Magic Desktop" software for kids
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    TalkTalk offers "Magic Desktop" software for kids

    By 26 October 2009

    TalkTalk has announced the launch of "Magic Desktop" offered free exclusively to TalkTalk customers.   "The service allows parents to introduce young children to a computer in a child-friendly environment and encourages families to use the internet safely",...

  • Watching video online? Which ISP should you use?
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    Watching video online? Which ISP should you use?

    By 9 October 2009

    With more and more "events" from football matches to concerts happening online, and the BBC's iPlayer continually gaining popularity, making sure you have a fast internet connection from your ISP at home is going to be your number one goal if you don't...

  • BT: Antipiracy efforts will cost £1m per day
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    BT: Antipiracy efforts will cost £1m per day

    By 23 September 2009

    BT has warned that the file sharing efforts proposed by the government and Peter Mandelson could cost the industry £1m every day. That would increase each customer's bill by £24 per year, said John Petter, the head of the company's consumer division....

  • Government announces filesharing crackdown
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    Government announces filesharing crackdown

    By 25 August 2009

    The UK government has announced tougher plans for combating illegal filesharing, in the wake of criticism over the Digital Britain report, which rights holders saw as too weak. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills issued an explanatory statement...