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UK MPs Consider Judicial Review of DRIP Internet Snooping Act

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 23rd, 2014 The UK’s semi-recycled Data Retention and Investigation Powers Act (DRIP), which extends the range of Internet snooping that the Government can perform on its citizens and was controversially rushed into law last week under emergency powers (here), will become the subject of a Judicial Review process …

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UK government adopts ODF for document exchange with citizens and suppliers

By Peter Sayer, IDG News Service | July 23rd, 2014 The move should make it collaboration easier. The U.K. government has adopted ODF as its standard for the exchange of word processor and spreadsheet files between departments and with citizens and suppliers, meaning that companies and citizens will not be required to buy a particular …

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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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Big UK ISPs Agree Voluntary Internet Piracy Warning Letters Scheme

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 19th, 2014 The Government, Rights Holders and four of the country’s largest broadband ISPs, including Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband, have resolved their differences and announced the launch of a new “education programme” to help combat Internet piracy (copyright infringement) by sending warning letters to customers …

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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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ISPA Name the WINNERS of their 2014 UK ISP Internet Industry Awards

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 10th, 2014 The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has tonight announced the winners of its 16th annual 2014 Internet Industry Awards, which saw Hyperoptic’s urban FTTH service pick-up the prize for ‘Best Superfast Broadband’ and PlusNet secure a win as the ‘Best Consumer Fixed Broadband’ provider. But …

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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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UK Government Targets 100% Superfast Broadband Coverage

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview | July 3rd, 2014 The Government’s Communications Minister, Edward Vaizey (MP), has today told the House of Commons that the money they’ve already allocated should “give us the figure we need to get to 100%” (coverage of superfast broadband connectivity). We remain to be convinced. At present the £1.2bn Broadband Delivery …

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UK Could Fall Behind Ireland as Vodafone Rollout 1Gbps FTTB Broadband

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview | July 3rd, 2014 According to ComReg, the Irish telecoms regulator, 43% of fixed broadband customers in Ireland receive sub-10Mbps speeds. But all that could change after Vodafone teamed up in a 50:50 Joint Venture with state-owned electricity firm ESB to splash €450m (£358m) on a nationwide roll-out of 1000Mbps capable …

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