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EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband

EE is launching a "shoebox"-sized 4G antenna, which it claims could bring coverage to 580,000 UK homes in rural areas. The 4GEE Home Router contains an external antenna, which can be fixed to the outside of houses and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router in the home via a cable. It is intended for areas receiving poor …
Kat Hall, 9 Feb 2018
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TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

TalkTalk plans to bring full fibre speeds of 1Gbps to three million premises in the UK, by creating an independent company with a total investment of around £1.5bn. Under the plans, the entity would be 20 per cent owned by TalkTalk and 80 per cent by infrastructure investor Infracapital. The ISP is also raising £200m in new …
Kat Hall, 8 Feb 2018
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nbn 's CVC discounts worked - ISPs splashed for 38 per cent more bandwidth

Australia's internet service providers have responded to discounts in the Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) by buying more bandwidth for their users, but the news isn't all good because they're still offering just 1.53 Mbps per user. That last figure comes from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which …

Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course

Analysis Cable biz Fidelity Communications has been forced to admit it was behind an astroturfing campaign against a city-run fiber network in America's Midwest. The campaign, titled Stop City-Funded Internet, started last month with a website and accompanying social media handles, and has been a persistent critic of efforts by West …

US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

Analysis Fifteen million Americans don't have access to broadband internet. For those that do, the United States has close to the slowest speeds among advanced economies. And for that, Americans pay more than almost anyone else. Those are what should be the main findings of the annual broadband report from the Federal Communications …

CableLabs signs off MAC spec for DOCSIS full duplex

US standards outfit CableLabs has added another piece to the Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 jigsaw, with the release of the key MAC layer specification for the standard. DOCSIS 3.1 Full Duplex is designed to push symmetric 10 Gbps over the world's cable (or hybrid fibre-coax, HFC) networks. The spec expands the existing DOCSIS media …

New York lobs $210m at telcos to hook up 120k homes, businesses with bumpkin broadband

The US state of New York has unveiled a massive new project to provide broadband for virtually all of its residents. Governor Andrew Cuomo said this week the project, known as New NY Broadband Round III, will enlist 43 telcos that will set up satellite broadband coverage in the most remote parts of the state. Said telcos will …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Feb 2018

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

The UK government has today hailed the completion of its superfast broadband project as a success – the scheme that has now brought 24Mbps to 95 per cent of the country by almost entirely handing the contracts to monopoly provider BT. Clive Selley, CEO of BT's broadband infrastructure division Openreach, described the …
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2018
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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

Brit broadcaster Sky has signaled the end of the satellite dish with plans to make all its channels and content available online. In its half-year results, the pay-TV and broadband business said it will launch Sky without a satellite dish and stream all its channels and on-demand content over IP. "This is a major development …
Kat Hall, 25 Jan 2018
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FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

Analysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed. In a "factsheet" put out by the telecoms regulator on Friday, FCC chairman Aji Pai noted that the latest …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2018

Funnily enough, small-town broadband cheaper than big cable packages, say Harvard eggheads

A study in the US has found that, where they're still allowed, municipally-owned broadband networks are likely to deliver customers a better value than what the cable giants offer. The research (PDF), conducted by Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, found that over a four-year period, homes that …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018

Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

Analysis President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders aimed at pushing broadband internet into more remote parts of the US, capping a multi-year effort to get America online. But the effectiveness of those actions and the speed and quality of the internet access that will result is in doubt. The first executive order is …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jan 2018
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TPG joins the NBN speed-fail refund club

TPG has joined Telstra and Optus in agreeing to refund customers who couldn't get the National Broadband Network speeds they expected. The company, whose brands include TPG, iiNet and Internode, reached agreement with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) yesterday. TPG's transgression was the same as the …
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UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom

Blighty is one of the top countries when it comes to superfast broadband but one of the worst for full-fibre connections, according to an in-depth report by Ofcom comparing the UK with 16 other nations. Superfast broadband is available to more than nine in 10 UK households, making it one of the top countries for 30Mbps, …
Kat Hall, 18 Dec 2017

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mbps, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom. That figure has fallen from 1.6 million premises last year, according to the Connected Nations 2017 research (PDF). Not surprisingly, 17 per cent of rural premises are not …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2017
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Optus to refund NBN customers for slow connections

Optus has become the second Australian carrier to announce refunds for customers unable to get decent National Broadband Network connections. Under pressure from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Telstra in November 'fessed up that performance on the NBN didn't match its advertising and said it would …

Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

A street in Suffolk has been revealed as the slowest area in Blighty for broadband, where residents have to wait a painful eight hours to download just 45 minutes of telly. Average speeds on Thorpe Lane in Trimley St Martin are 0.68Mbps, 260 times slower than the fastest street, Benford Avenue in Motherwell, Scotland, which …
Kat Hall, 8 Dec 2017

Why does no one want to invest in full fibre broadband, wails UK.gov

The UK government has launched a review to figure out what’s holding back investment in "full fibre" and 5G networks and how policies could help the telco market. The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review is part of efforts to push fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and 5G networks in the UK, and follows last week’s Budget …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017

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