EU Leans Towards Stricter Broadband ISP Contracts and Closed Networks

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The European Commission’s (EC) new Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger, has hinted that he might be about to adopt a distinctly less pro-consumer position on home broadband services and open access network flexibility than the person that he is effectively replacing, Neelie Kroes. Kroes’s original plan for a new Single Telecoms Market…

VIDEO: Driverless cars compete in China

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China has been holding its sixth driverless car competition, with the unmanned vehicles having to navigate their way through various obstacles. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Scanner to aid dementia research

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A hi-tech scanner which could help scientists develop better treatments for dementia and other brain conditions is to be installed at a Scottish university. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

UK ISP TalkTalk Switches MVNO Mobile Operators from Vodafone to O2

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Budget broadband and phone provider TalkTalk has confirmed that their Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement with Vodafone will be coming to an end after the ISP signed a new multi-year deal with Telefonica UK (O2) to take over the management of their mobile customer base. Only last week the ISP confirmed that its Vodafone…

Schools ‘failing’ on cyberbullying

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The chairman of the Commons education select committee, Graham Stuart, says schools in England are failing to teach children about the dangers of online abuse and trolling. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Which? call for net speed ads revamp

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Consumer watchdog Which? is calling for a rethink of the way broadband speeds are advertised, claiming current ones are misleading. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Zoella: Surreal to sing Band Aid 30

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Bob Geldof asked YouTubers Zoella, Alfie Deyes and Thatcher Joe to join the revamped charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

New Virgin Media 1300Mbps WiFi SuperHub 2AC Router Leaking Out

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Back in June 2014 we revealed that Virgin Media were preparing to introduce a new generation of SuperHub cable broadband router (here) and recently we’ve learnt that some customers have already started to receive the kit, which looks almost identical to their existing SuperHub 2 router (VMDG485 pictured) except for the addition of Gigabit WiFi…

UK ISP TalkTalk Could be Close to Selling their Off-Net Customers

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New information suggests that broadband and phone provider TalkTalk could be close to off-loading some or all of their off-net customers to another ISP (i.e. those based off BT’s network rather than their own unbundled / LLU platform), although no deal has yet been officially signed. Back in the spring TalkTalk proposed that one of…

Russia plans ‘alternative Wikipedia’

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Russia’s presidential library is making a “regional electronic encyclopedia” to rival Wikipedia and portray the country “objectively and accurately”. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

ISPs move on anti-terror measures

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The UK’s major ISPs commit to new measures to block online extremism, No 10 says, but ISPs say no specific agreement is yet in place. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Big ISPs to Add ‘Report a Terrorist’ Button and Block Related Websites

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The United Kingdom’s largest four broadband ISPs, including BT, Virgin Media, Sky Broadband and TalkTalk, have reached an agreement with the Government to block their customers from accessing terrorist and extremist material on the Internet. The ISPs will also offer a reporting button so that the public can notify providers when new sites crop up…

CityFibre, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband Setup Bolt Telecom for FTTP in York

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The Joint Venture (JV) between CityFibre, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband, which aims to roll-out a 1000Mbps capable fibre optic (FTTP) broadband network to homes across the city of York and two further cities in the near future, has established a new company to help manage and oversee the project – Bolt Pro Tem Limited (company…