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AT&T brings gigabit broadband to Silicon Valley, challenging Google Fiber’s own plans

By Mark Hachman, PC World | August 20th, 2014 Gigabit broadband is coming to Silicon Valley, and it’s a race to see whether AT&T’s GigaPower service makes it before Google Fiber. As Google decides whether or not to build out gigabit broadband in Silicon Valley, AT&T said Wednesday that it will jump in. AT&T said …

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Big tech firms back Wi-FAR for remote broadband

By Matt Hamblen, Computerworld | August 7th, 2014 802.22 standard, approved in 2011, promises low-cost broadband for remote areas. Google, Microsoft and Facebook are cranking up an emerging wireless technology known as Wi-FAR to help reduce the digital divide in remote and unconnected regions of the world. Wi-FAR is a recently trademarked name from the …

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UK Consumers Highlight Unreliable Broadband ISP Speed Estimates

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | August 4th, 2014 The latest survey of 1,377 ISPreview.co.uk visitors has reported that 67.5% of respondents do not receive the broadband speed that their ISP first estimated, with most experiencing significantly slower performance than originally anticipated and the rest (27.3%) getting either exactly what they were promised or a …

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OECD Rank UK 8th for Fixed Broadband Penetration as Fibre Optic Grows

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 23rd, 2014 The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which covers 34 countries that support democracy and a market economy, has reported that at the end of 2013 the United Kingdom ranked 8th for fixed line broadband penetration (i.e. 35.2 subscribers per 100 inhabitants). Fibre optic (FTTH/P/B) connections …

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Telford and Wrekin UK Re-joins BDUK Superfast Broadband Rollout

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 19th, 2014 The Labour-led Telford and Wrekin council in England, which two years ago dropped out of the £24.6m Connecting Shropshire project that was setup with BT to improve local broadband connectivity, are preparing to put a £2m funding request into the related Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme …

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Google Ponders Building a Fibre Optic Broadband ISP Network in UK Cities

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 18th, 2014 Internet giant Google appears to be probing the British broadband market for a partner to help build their own 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network, which is despite previously stating that they had no plans to ever take the Google Fibre service outside of the USA. At …

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Greater Manchester UK Begins BDUK and BT Fibre Broadband Rollout

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 17th, 2014 The £15m Get Digital Faster project, which is working with the EU and Broadband Delivery UK office to extend BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to a further 45,000 premises in the Greater Manchester (England) area by March 2016 (900k+ have already been passed), has finally upgraded …

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West Berkshire UK Begins BT and BDUK Fibre Broadband Rollout

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 16th, 2014 The £8.06m Superfast Berkshire project, which is working to deploy BT’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to “around” 91% of local premises by the end of September 2015 (possibly reaching 95% by 2017), has finally begun its roll-out and revealed the first few communities to benefit. …

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England’s National Parks Agree to Better Mobile Broadband Coverage

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 15th, 2014 The National Parks England (NPE) and UK Mobile Operators Association (MOA) have reached a new “landmark agreement” that aims to boost the coverage of mobile phone and Mobile Broadband connectivity in protected rural areas, albeit while also “minimising any adverse environmental impacts” and working “proactively and …

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Scotland Reveals Next BT Fibre Broadband Rollout Areas – H2 2014

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 15th, 2014 The £410m Digital Scotland project, which aims to ensure that 85% of premises in Scotland can access BT’s “fibre broadband infrastructure” (FTTC/P) services by the end of 2015 (rising to around 95% by the end of 2017), has today announced the next batch of telephone exchange …

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Alternative Superfast Broadband Plan for South Yorkshire UK Picks BT

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 15th, 2014 The South Yorkshire (England) councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield appear to have progressed a proposal to roll-out superfast broadband (24Mbps+) connectivity across the region by matching an investment offer of £10.4 million from the Broadband Delivery UK programme, which will help to replace the …

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UK FSB Seek 10Mbps Broadband for All by 2017 and 1Gbps by 2030

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 14th, 2014 The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has today called on the Government of the United Kingdom to improve their current broadband coverage ambitions by raising the Universal Service Commitment (USC) from 2Mbps (Megabits per second) of Internet download speed to 10Mbps by 2017, which would then …

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Three UK Named Fastest Mobile Broadband Operator in Road Trip Test

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 10th, 2014 Mobile operator Three UK has come top in a new Road Trip 2014 study of Mobile Broadband performance, which among other things found that the provider delivered both the fastest average 3G (4.48Mbps DOWN and 1.4Mbps UP) and 4G (6.19Mbps DOWN and 1.54Mbps UP) based mobile …

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Europe Offers Support to Local Community Broadband Projects

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 10th, 2014 The European Commission (EC) has today moved to complement their Digital Agenda project, which aims to make broadband speeds of 30Mbps+ available to all EU homes come 2020, by launching a new “Connected Communities” initiative that offers additional funding and support to local community broadband partnerships …

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BT’s Ultrafast FTTP Broadband Reaches Nearly 150,000 UK Premises

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 10th, 2014 BT’s “ultrafast” fibre optic based Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network, which can currently deliver Internet download speeds of up to 330Mbps (30Mbps uploads), has revealed that the operators national network is now covering “nearly” 150,000 homes and businesses (premises passed) across the United Kingdom. Unfortunately it’s been …

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Poor Broadband and IT Skills Fuel Criticism of UK Digital by Default Policy

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 8th, 2014 The Government’s new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and so-called “digital by default” strategy, which among other things seeks to save money by making some services online-only, faced criticism in the House of Commons on Monday after MPs blasted it for being introduced before some rural farmers …

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39 New Local Growth Deals to Improve Superfast Broadband in England

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 7th, 2014 The Government has today announced an investment of £6bn to help fund the first wave of 39 new Growth Deals with businesses and local authorities across England, which among other things will also bring new money to build new homes and improve the coverage of superfast …

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London’s Tech City Still Suffering a Lack of Superfast Broadband

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 4th, 2014 The government’s plans for Shoreditch’s Tech City have been criticised by Labour MP Meg Hillier after it was claimed that around a third of local businesses, not to mention many homes, are still without access to high-speed broadband, while the £3,000 Connection Voucher (“Super-Connected Cities“) scheme …

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