Examining the Changing Cost of UK Phone Line Rental and its Future

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Home phone lines aren’t as popular as they once were, with consumers increasingly turning to mobile and VoIP (e.g. Skype) alternatives. At the same time ISPs have been gutting free voice call options from related broadband bundles and yet despite all of this the price of line rental continues to soar. Like it or not…

BT Openreach Retreats from Direct UK Customer Contact Proposal

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BTOpenreach, which maintains and manages access to BT’s national UK phone and broadband network, has reportedly scrubbed a proposal from its new Charter that would have allowed consumers to contact them directly. Apparently a number of ISPs complained, but BT probably won’t be too upset. The Openreach Charter, which was officially unveiled during September 2015…

North Lincolnshire Reveals Initial Phase 2 Fibre Broadband Rollout Plan

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The Northern Lincs Broadband project in England, which has already helped to make “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services available to 92.5% of local premises, has revealed the first tentative roll-out plan for the second contract that will cover an additional 4,000 – 5,000 properties. Overall 27,000 additional homes and 4,000 businesses have been put within reach…

AAISP to Launch 80Mbps Home Broadband with a 1 TeraByte Data Cap

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UK ISP Andrews and Arnold (AAISP) has furnished us with the first exclusive details of their new ‘up to’ 80Mbps FTTC (VDSL2) based Home::1T broadband package, which gives subscribers a soft monthly data allowance of 1 TeraByte (1000 GigaBytes) and also includes line rental into a single price. At present AAISP’s primary home-focused ADSL (up…

The 2015 Worst UK Home Broadband ISPs for Advertising Complaints

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Some home broadband ISPs are clearly worse than others when it comes to “misleading” promotions of their products and services. So, as we prepare to bid farewell to another year, ISPreview.co.uk takes a quick look back over the past 12 months to see which providers suffered the most bans for bad advertising. The United Kingdom’s…

Spy tools found in N Korea software

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The first in-depth analysis of North Korea’s own computer operating system reveals extensive spy tools that can track documents shared offline. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

BDUK Brings Superfast Broadband to 3.5 Million Extra UK Premises

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The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, which is primarily working with BT to make fixed line superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services available to 95% of the United Kingdom by 2017/18, has officially helped to cover an additional 3.5 million homes and businesses. The latest update comes only a little over one month since the last Q3…

Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password

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Cable operator Virgin Media has suffered a small bit of mild comical embarrassment after one of the randomly generated WiFi passwords for their customer routers gave one elderly home owner a rather silly network key of.. .. “gayfkers“. Naturally the customer in question, or rather her daughter, was less than pleased with the password choice:…

Solway Comms Setup Temporary Wireless Broadband for Flood Hit Carlisle

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Cumbria-based ISP Solway Communications has moved to help at least some of those affected by the recent floods in Carlisle by installing a free superfast wireless broadband network for the Warwick Road area. On top of that it will be completely free of charge for at least the next 3 months. Apparently the local Carlisle…

The 2015 vs 2014 Top UK Fastest Home Broadband and Mobile ISPs

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We take a quick look back over the past year to see how much the national UK fixed line Home Broadband and Mobile providers have improved in terms of Internet connection speed. Unsurprisingly Virgin Media and EE Mobile remain top of their respective categories, but that’s only part of the picture. It’s important to start…

Tips for new tech devices

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Tech gear is a perennially popular holiday gift. If you’re the proud owner of a new smartwatch, phone, tablet or computer — or you provide tech support for family and friends with new devices — we’re here to help. Check out and share these stories, which can help you get the most out of a…

How to Talk to Your Parents About Encryption

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It’s December 25th, which means most of you are probably at home visiting with family. I asked a few of the security engineers here at CloudFlare how they explain their jobs when they’re home for the holidays, and most of them responded with something along the lines of, “Oh, I stopped trying to do that…

How to Talk to Your Parents About Encryption

By GIXnews

It’s December 25th, which means most of you are probably at home visiting with family. I asked a few of the security engineers here at CloudFlare how they explain their jobs when they’re home for the holidays, and most of them responded with something along the lines of, “Oh, I stopped trying to do that…

Farmers Criticise Government’s Rural Quick Fix of Satellite Broadband

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The National Farmers Union (NFU), which supports around 55,000 members across the United Kingdom, has criticised the Government’s new Satellite broadband subsidy scheme. The organisation warns that the solution “does not work that well for everyone” and might struggle to meet its targets. The subsidy, which officially launched earlier this month (here) and is being…

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2015 from ISPreview.co.uk

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Ho ho ho it’s that time of year again, Christmas once more. Festivities galore. As usual we’ll be joining millions of others by taking a few days break to gobble turkey, “sip” a little brandy and maybe suffer one of those infuriating shopping queues with repetitive “festive” songs. In case you didn’t know, Boxing Day…