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Five Tech Priorities for the New UK Government

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Although the future of the BBC is likely to be the most high profile part of John Whittingdale's portfolio; technology - as a job enabler and creator - will no doubt also be a key priority. Here's my take on the top five tech issues likely to be sitting in the ministerial red box

Ofcom Orders BT To Share Its Massive 'Dark Fibre' Network

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Tech

BT has been ordered by Ofcom to open up its 'Dark Fibre' network of ultra high-speed fibre optic cables to competitor. At present the cables are us...

General Election Manifestos: What Does the Future Hold for UK Broadband?

Ewan Taylor-Gibson | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Tech
Ewan Taylor-Gibson

Some people in the furthest reaches of the UK are being left behind in the race for a digital Britain. They are missing out on the advantages that a reliable internet connection brings, such as ability to compare prices on household bills and find cheaper products, combat isolation and access vital services online.

From Broad Street to Broadband - What Can London Learn From the Infrastructure Pioneers of the Past?

Kat Hanna | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Tech
Kat Hanna

London was ranked sixth from bottom in a recent survey of broadband provision in European major cities. A recent survey of Tech London Advocates revealed that almost half think broadband provisioning in London is damaging the city's reputation as a centre of digital excellence.

Would Labour Get Our Broadband Working?

Dave Page | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dave Page

Britain needs better broadband. It needs universally adequate broadband, in every city, every town and down every country lane. Broadband is the fourth utility. It is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Just as we need water to come out when we turn on the tap, we need broadband to work when we go online.

Broadband and Mobile Providers Prey Upon the 'Weak' and 'Uncertain'

Dan Howdle | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Howdle

Now, don't get me wrong; it's perfectly natural that broadband, TV and phone providers would want to keep you - you are after all their primary resource. But shouldn't customer retention be a natural by-product of great service and happy users?

Broadband: What About the Urban Not Spots?

Jonathan Glanz | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech
Jonathan Glanz

We need to be planning now for the next generation of ultra-fast broadband and mobile network to ensure London can be a Capital city which maximises the opportunities from ever increasing demand for content on demand and on the go through to the prospects of an Internet of Things, connecting everything including the kitchen sink to the web.

A Whole Bundle of Trouble - The Problem With Bundled Service Packages

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

So you want to buy a bundle of services? No? Why not? It must be a good deal because everyone's bundling these days. Amazon does it. So does Sky TV. And your broadband provider, your bank, your credit card and insurance companies, even fast food restaurants bundle services because they know what's best for you.

Cuba Gives Free WiFi To The People

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Tech

A cultural centre in Havana has given local residents access to free-WiFi, a first for both Havana and Cuba. The centre is owned and run by famed n...

Giving a Leg-up to London's Start-ups with Super-fast Broadband

Duncan Higgins | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

In Tech City we've heard stories of companies choosing to deliver videos by jumping on a bicycle rather than uploading it via their broadband connection. MPs have joked about carrier pigeons being faster than the internet. It's high time things changed.

Cheap Broadband 'Deals' Offer Less Than You Think for More Than You Realise

Dan Howdle | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Howdle

Most broadband deals are subject to restrictions on what you can and can't do with your connection at 'peak' times. Providers call it 'traffic management'. Customers call it 'throttling'. I'll leave it to your discretion which term you think best applies.

1.3m UK Homes will Never get Fibre Broadband

Dan Howdle | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Howdle

There are 1.3m homes and businesses right here in the UK, right now, that will never get fit-for-purpose broadband by traditional means.

Which comes First: the Heating or the Internet?

Stuart Rock | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Stuart Rock

Fast broadband means that the location of a business can now be more of a lifestyle choice. Geography simply no longer is a constraint. Today, according to the FSB, half of all Scottish businesses are home-based, for example, sustaining nearly one in five private sector jobs in Scotland.

Why Super-Fast Broadband Matters

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

I seem to find it impossible to turn on the TV at the moment without seeing an advert for super-fast broadband. The move to a faster Internet has been a priority for successive UK Government's, as well as other countries around the world. So, why is so much effort - and money - being invested in this infrastructure?

Hold the Line - Consumers Paying Over the Odds for Digital Bundles

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

There are a million and one things to consider when moving house including ordering a phone line and a broadband connection. However, I strongly recommend waiting to ensure you get the right deal for you and don't end up paying more than is necessary.

You Won't Believe How Much I Downloaded This Month

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Tech

We have a problem, and it's only getting worse. This problem happens almost every day and stops you doing things from making calls, sending emails to ...

The Search for Telecoms Solutions for the Developing World

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

It's no secret that the demand for telecoms in India and other parts of the developing world is accelerating fast. According to the International Tele...

The Death of the Fixed Landline Phone Call

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

UK telecoms companies are about to increase their fixed-line phone charges. Ten years ago this would have led to the technological equivalent of riots in the streets. It would have been front page news. But today? Nope. Hardly a squeak.

Higher Speeds Will Not Provide Us With Better Broadband

Dave Page | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dave Page

Today we have come to a fork in the road in our journey towards perfect internet connections. Speed, once our facilitator, our enabler, our 'Make It Happen' man, does not help us as it once did. As a tech nut, I plumped for a 40Mbps broadband package for my home. But the truth is, my wife, two children and I could not use it all even if we simultaneously binged on high spec online content.

Quarter Of All People 'Don't Know Their Phone Number'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Tech

If you have broadband, you probably have a landline because we still live in a world where monthly £16 'line rental' fees are an inexplicable thing. ...

Someone Is Stealing Your WiFi

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Tech

New research has revealed that a staggering one in three people in the UK have admitted to stealing their neighbour's WiFi. What you may find even ...

WiFi Is About To Go Into Overdrive

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Tech

WiFi is about to go into overdrive. Samsung says its developing a new type of WiFi which is up to five times as fast as current tech. The South Kor...

Net Neutrality - Why It Is Destined to Collapse

Cyrus Moore | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Cyrus Moore

Net neutrality rules are associated with the founding principles of internet regulation. They stipulate that telecom operators should not favour internet traffic from specific content providers... As a regulatory policy net neutrality is now unsustainable.

Satellite Broadband Finally Opens Up the Internet to Me

Mark Wilson | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Wilson

A few weeks ago I complained bitterly about my atrocious internet connection. The impact of a deathly slow and unnervingly unstable connection is hard to overstate. Tension and frustration chez Wilson reached boiling point.

'Sorry Your Broadband Doesn't Work, That'll Be £190 Please'

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

Thousands of people are finding themselves locked into unsuitable contracts or hit by cancellation fees when they try to switch, mid-contract, in order to get a better service... Frankly, if you're not getting the service you signed up for, why on earth should you keep paying for it?