The lack of universal superfast broadband, particularly in rural areas, is creating a two-tier economy which only serves to marginalise those communities, businesses and individuals struggling to get fast and reliable connectivity to the Internet. The UK needs to prioritise and move much faster towards deploying universal superfast broadband for all if we intend to reap the […]
As Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s Digital Champion makes her maiden speech in the House of Lords about digital inclusion and the economic benefits of having Internet access, one village in Yorkshire is fighting to get next generation broadband. E RADAR’s Will Roebuck sets out the case for Shepley Broadband. Shepley will always be a special […]
In the 18th and 19th Centuries Birmingham, particularly Digbeth and the Jewelry Quarter, was at the heart of the UK’s communications infrastructure, from canals through to railways to the ports of Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton as well as to London. The failure of BT and Virgin to give them similar global connectivity today is bad enough, to prevent others from doing so is …..
The Government is proposing changes to siting requirements for broadband cabinets and overhead lines to facilitate the deployment of superfast broadband networks across the UK. In a consultation published today, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is proposing that for five years, broadband street cabinets and new poles can be installed under permitted […]
Several important broadband players face a difficult choice, particularly those who are less interested in meeting nominal targets for 2015 and whether BT has an unfair advantage, than in stimulating and rewarding investment in the world class resilient, reliable utility networks that will underpin the world of the 21st century.
Local Government’s attempts to respond to a 28% cut in funding are gathering pace ; pooling residual in-house expertise rather than hiring in consultants with no experience of delivering value for money in a public sector environment.
The UK government is committed to delivering the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015. To do this, Government: has allocated £530 million during the current Spending Review period to stimulate commercial investment to roll out high-speed broadband in rural communities will invest £100 million to create up to ten ‘super-connected cities’ across the […]
The Government has published an updated National Infrastructure Plan. This contains major commitments to improve the UK’s transport and broadband networks as well as steps to attract major new private sector investment. The plan sets out: A clear plan for the UK’s infrastructure A new strategy for coordinating public and private investment New investment in […]
The House of Lords has called for an inquiry into the UK’s superfast broadband rollout targets. Government is committed to achieving the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, with 90% of households having access to superfast broadband, and a good level of access of at least 2Mbps for everyone else.
The Communications Act 2003 provides the UK’s framework for electronic communications (fixed and mobile), and devolves powers upon communications regulator Ofcom. Prosecutors have used Section 127 of the Act recently to deal with the sending of offensive and threatening messages over via social media websites. However, this section only applies to prosecutions for messages sent over […]