Feeds

Virgin Media in 'which Whitchurch' whoopsie

Spoiler spoiled by stupidity

Boost IT visibility and business value

Map reading courses all round at the Virgin Media press office, after an attempted spoiler campaign served only to disappoint and anger the denizens of "the oldest continuously inhabited town in Shropshire".

The firm yesterday received a public dressing-down from the Whitchurch Herald, which had in good faith reported several weeks ago that 50Mbit/s cable broadband was available in the town.

The report was based on a Virgin Media press release. Presumably having been involved in mix-ups in the past, the Herald sought - and was given - assurances that Virgin Media was indeed referring to the oldest continuously inhabited town in Shropshire rather than any of the more than a dozen synonymous burgs dotted around the country.

Only it wasn't, as it was forced to admit when excited Whitchurchers tried to order the super-duper new service, to be informed they couldn't have it.

"We have to apologise to those in Whitchurch who thought they could get this service. It was an error on our part," said a spokeswoman.

Although the Herald doesn't confirm this, we're willing to go out on a limb and suggest that Virgin Media's press operatives were attempting to pooh-pooh BT's ongoing pilot of 40Mbit/s VDSL in Whitchurch, South Glamorgan. ®

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.