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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that
Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:31

The government has said it will not conduct another national broadband roll-out programme in order to meet its promise that every citizen in Blighty will have access to 10Mbps by 2010.

In its consultation document regarding the Universal Service Obligation promised by David Cameron last year, the department for Culture, Media and Sport said "an additional broadband roll-out programme at this stage would neither be proportionate or represent value for money".

It said the USO must be technology-neutral: "that is, the technology that is to be used to deliver them should not be prescribed."

The USO will enshrine citizens' right

Beautiful Weather Station uses Acrylic, RGB LED, and and ESP8266
Monday, 28 March 2016 08:00

Everyone knows there’s form and there’s function. It isn’t fair, but people do judge on appearance, sometimes even overriding all other concerns. So while your Makerspace buddies might be impressed by your weather station built on a breadboard, your significant other probably isn’t. [Dennisv15] took an ordinary looking weather station design with a 0.96″ display and turned into an attractive desk piece with a much larger display and an artistic–and functional–enclosure.

The acrylic cloud lights up thanks to an RGB LED Neopixel strip and can indicate weather trends at a glance: red for warmer, blue for colder, flashing for inclement weather. …read more

Ofcom wants to crack down on pisspoor BT Openreach biz lines
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 22:31

Ofcom wants to impose "strict new rules" on BT Openreach to improve its leased line services to businesses, in draft proposals today recommending faster installation times, lower prices for high-speed lines and greater access to its “dark fibre” network by competitors.

In its Business Connectivity Market Review proposals the regulator claimed the measures would improve the time it takes the former state telco to install high-speed business and significantly reduce the wholesale prices BT charges for these lines.

The new rules will be finalised at the end of April, subject to obtaining permission from the European Commission.

Jonathan Oxley, Ofcom

Verizon: We're sick of waiting for the FCC, so here's our 'net neutrality'
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 09:40

Verizon has laid out its own set of net neutrality rules it will impose – regardless of whether the FCC keeps its grip on America's broadband service.

General counsel and executive VP for public policy, Craig Silliman, said Verizon would adhere to a set of rules on its networks, including policies against throttling, paid prioritization, and blocking lawful content.

"We can support these rules because we believe they are fair, even-handed, good for consumers and essential for us and others to thrive going forward," Silliman said.

The policies come as the FCC continues to battle with US Congress over the

FCC boss: Oh look, net neutrality didn't end the world after all. Surprise!
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 05:21

Tom Wheeler, chairman of US broadband watchdog the FCC, has given telcos a firm poke in the eye over their net neutrality doomsday predictions.

Speaking on the one-year anniversary of the Open Internet Order at the GnoviCon conference in Washington DC, Wheeler reflected on the fact that the big telcos railed against the rules.

"Critics howled that the rules would be devastating for network investment – that broadband deployment would screech to a halt," he reminisced. "So how are those predictions working out?"

As has been pointed out repeatedly by net neutrality advocates, the argument was more FUD (fear, uncertainty,

So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?
Monday, 21 March 2016 20:24

Analysis UK Chancellor George Osborne's budget may have provided a sprinkling of sweeteners for businesses and middle class savers alongside the headline-grabbing sugar tax last week, but details on digital infrastructure plans were distinctly lacking.

No mention was made of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) in the 148-page document, which David Cameron promised last year would give everybody the legal right to request a broadband connection capable of delivering a minimum speed of 10Mbps by 2020.

At the moment providers remain in the dark as to whether connecting the last five per cent of the country will be a publicly

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