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US govt confirms FCC's broadband speeds and feeds stats are garbage

A report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed what others have reported for years: that official data on internet access across the country greatly over estimates availability and competition. The report [PDF] is focused specifically on tribal lands – small semi-autonomous areas of the United States …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2018
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Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

Lucky Milton Keynes. The UK's modernist fantasy town is finally set to reap the fruits of Vodafone's partnership with wholesaler CityFibre, announced last November. Vodafone today confirmed that gigabit – or near enough – broadband will launch in the town at four speeds, detailing aggressive pricing and discounts for Voda …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Sep 2018
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Non-profits push back against Big Cable's bumpkin broadband blueprint for America

A group of 17 consumer and civil rights groups have launched a new coalition aimed at countering efforts by Big Cable to siphon off funds for rural broadband into their already deep pockets. Broadband Connects America is aimed squarely at policymakers that have grown increasingly conscious of the digital divide that exists in …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2018

UK.gov flings £95m at public sector superfast broadband rollouts

The UK's Ministry of Fun is still trying to give away piles of cash to companies tempted to install superfast broadband, with £95m up for grabs from last autumn's commitment to splurge £195m. The third round of the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund giveaway was rolled out today, aimed at enabling "gigabit capable …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Aug 2018
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Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

Analysis A deep dive into internet access availability in one US city has revealed – again – that competition for broadband is dreadful and far below what official figures claim. In a report [PDF] put together by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, investigators looked at real-world internet offerings within a 30-mile radius of …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Aug 2018
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Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?

Updated A village in former communications minister Ed Vaizey's Parliamentary constituency is suffering ongoing internet outages despite once being the darling of Britain's superfast broadband rollout. The "hard to reach" village of Fernham in Oxfordshire has been served by fibre broadband since 2015, as news site cable.co.uk reported …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2018
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You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

You almost have to admire the US cable industry's absolute disregard for its own paying subscribers. For the past 15 years, it has received the lowest marks in customer satisfaction across the entire American economy, and it's not planning to change that rock-bottom appreciation any time soon. Consumer Reports this week …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Aug 2018
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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

Analysis If Americans want fast internet access, they need to tighten the screws on Big Cable, not give it yet more power. That is the conclusion – yet again – of another study into the the United States' broadband market, this time one lodged in opposition to a push by Big Cable lobbying group US Telecom to kill off a federal rule …
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UK comms revenues reach all-time low of £54.7bn, as internet kills the TV star

Communications revenues in the UK reached their lowest point in 2017, falling 2.1 per cent to £54.7bn, while people are ditching calls and texts for over-the-top messaging, according to Ofcom. In its annual state of the communications market report, the comms regulator said that the decline was due to contracting TV revenues, …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Aug 2018
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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

Analysis A report out today into internet access in the United States has concluded – yet again – that the majority of netizens have a hard choice between competition or broadband speed. Thus, you can either have a decent number of ISPs to choose from, or one or two really fast ones. The study – Profiles of Monopoly: Big Cable and …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jul 2018

UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

The Ministry of Fun* is wheeling out a new national telecoms strategy (PDF) that aims to slather the UK in healthy full-fat broadband fibre by 2033. Under the plans, the whole of Blighty's copper network will be ripped out and replaced by fibre-optic cables to enhance broadband speeds, as was suggested by a recent survey. New …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Jul 2018
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Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

As the big red ball in the sky continued to shine on the UK, internet providers decided to have a bit of a lie-down, with Sky, TalkTalk and leased line specialist M24Seven all taking a turn on the sun-lounger. Sky and TalkTalk's problems began in the early hours of 17 July as night-owls in the Portsmouth and Southampton area …
Richard Speed, 19 Jul 2018
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Brits whinging less? About ISPs, networks and TV? It's gotta be a glitch in the Matrix

The great British tradition of huffing, tutting and whinging is in grave peril. Regulator Ofcom has reported a decline in complaints across telecoms, mobile and TV services. TalkTalk and BT are the most moaned-about home broadband operators, with 29 and 23 complaints per 100,000 subscribers, respectively. Plusnet received 20, …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2018
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TalkTalk shrugs off moaning customers to claim 80,000 more

UK comms provider TalkTalk grew its customer base by a net 80,000 in the first quarter of FY19, the company said in a trading update today. 2.1 million subscribers are now on fixed-price plans. Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork READ MORE "We saw excellent growth in wholesale, offsetting a …
Team Register, 17 Jul 2018
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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

Most Brits think ads for “fibre” broadband ought to mean “fibre to the premises” and not “fibre to the cabinet”, according to a survey sponsored by a FTTP company. Two-thirds of 3,400 Britons surveyed by a company called Censuswide, on behalf of Cityfibre, said they think the word “fibre” in ads for broadband connections …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Jul 2018
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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

Britain's place in global broadband speed rankings has slipped four places to 35th, according to a survey. With an average speed in Blighty of 18.57Mbps, British broadband lags behind such well-connected nations as Hungary, Andorra and Madagascar – with Singapore topping the table at a whopping average of 60.39Mbps. On the …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Jul 2018
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UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

The Sky Broadband service took an unscheduled half-time break last night, leaving residents of the UK Midlands unable to stream sporting action from Russia. Problems began at around 4pm yesterday with Sky's status page (followed later by its support account) reporting multiple exchange failures in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire …
Richard Speed, 19 Jun 2018
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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

Football fans will be able to watch England's World Cup disappointments in full 4K resolution and high dynamic range colour glory, thanks to a trial on the BBC's iPlayer. The only kicker is folk will need to have at least 40Mbps – something Auntie itself has admitted is accessible to a minority. All 29 of BBC One's World Cup …
Kat Hall, 31 May 2018

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