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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment
Thursday, 20 October 2016 22:03

Further uncertainty over Brexit could hamper Virgin Media's ability to get more broadband investment for the UK from its parent company Liberty Global, chief exec Tom Mockridge has warned.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum event, he said: "We need certainty over the outcome of Brexit," adding that when the business makes its next submission to Liberty Global for investment in the UK and Ireland "we are competing against colleagues from Romania to South America".

Mockridge said it was incumbent on the government to resolve the issue of economic doubt.

"[The government] needs to be clear and forthright about how

Hard-up Brits 'should get subsidy for 10Mbps'
Thursday, 20 October 2016 19:27

Folks in the UK unable to afford speeds of 10Mbps under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) should be offered a subsidy, the representative body for 370 councils has said today.

The Local Government Association is calling on the government to introduce a subsidised broadband service to help anyone facing undue hardship in paying a market rate, ahead of the Autumn Statement next month.

The government intends to introduce a USO to ensure everyone in the country has 10Mbps by 2020. Details as to how that will work are yet to be agreed upon.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum yesterday,

WarWalking With The ESP8266
Monday, 24 October 2016 08:01

[Steve] needed a tool to diagnose and fix his friend’s and family’s WiFi. A laptop would do, but WiFi modules and tiny OLED displays are cheap now. His solution was to build a War Walker, a tiny handheld device that would listen in WiFi access points, return the signal strength, and monitor the 2.4GHz environment around him.

The War Walker didn’t appear out of a vacuum. It’s based on the WarCollar Dope Scope, a tiny, portable device consisting of an off-the-shelf Chinese OLED display, an ESP8266 module, and a PCB that can charge batteries, provide a serial port, and ties …read more

Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m
Monday, 26 September 2016 20:24

Plucky Openreach challenger CityFibre has gobbled £5m worth of service provider Redcentric’s network - adding 137km of fibre to the upstart’s network.

The deal will extend CityFibre’s growth by three more cities to 40, a move it reckons positions it as an "increasingly powerful national competitor to BT Openreach.” The biz intends to reach 50 UK cities by 2020.

CityFibre posted its interim first half 2016 results, with sales up 147 per cent to £6.6m. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were £0.4m, compared with a £1.8m loss a year ago.

The revenue boost was due to the outfit’s

Source: nbn™'s fibre-to-the-kerb will be VDSL at 100/40Mbps
Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:01

The Register has learned that the fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) technology to be used in Australia's national broadband network (NBN) will use VDSL and be capable of 100/40Mbps speeds.

Sources familiar with nbn™ design decisions tell The Register that nbn™, the company building and operating Australian's NBN, decided on VDSL as a replacement for the Optus hybrid fibre-coax network after realising FTTdp would be cheaper and faster to deploy. But not so fast that we'll see FTTdp launched before 2018.

We further understand that each distribution point will serve one to four premises and that the distribution points will be upgradeable should

After AT T's crushing blow, FTC tells Senate it wants its balls back
Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:26

US trade watchdog the FTC says it will appeal the August decision stripping its ability to fine AT&T.

In a hearing before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation this week, FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez confirmed her agency will challenge the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling that corporations that deliver a common carrier service – such as phone companies and ISPs – do not fall under the jurisdiction of the FTC in any areas.

The ruling overturned a $100m fine brought against AT&T by the FTC after the telco throttled subscribers' broadband without warning.

More importantly, Ramirez argues, it

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