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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 21:14

Rural areas are at risk of being unable to access online-only government services thanks to poor internet connectivity, a Parliamentary report said today.

Anne McIntosh MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said the current broadband target of reaching 95 per cent of premises with 24 Mbps by 2017 may be based on the "inaccurate assumption that universal basic broadband coverage has largely been achieved."

She said "[T]he reality is that many rural communities are still struggling with no access, or slow broadband speeds."

This is of particular concern given the push to make some government services

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE
Thursday, 05 February 2015 23:27

An MP has told Parliament she was left "shocked and surprised" by BT's response that it was "not commercially viable" to improve broadband access for one of 38 Tech City businesses petitioning for more reliable speeds.

In May, 38 businesses from Tech City signed a petition complaining about the slow, unreliable broadband in the area.

Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, said she subsequently took a sample case to BT, assuming the problem "would be ironed out without delay".

She said yesterday : "I was shocked and surprised when BT said that although other users in the area

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off
Thursday, 05 February 2015 20:55

BT has agreed terms with the French company Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy their joint venture EE to form a quad-play superpower.

The £12.5bn deal will be a combination of cash and new BT ordinary shares issued to both Deutsche Telekom and Orange.

Average cost savings of £360m a year over the next four years will include “rationalisation” of call centres, IT and renegotiation of suppliers agreements. Those suppliers will include makers of femtocells, as BT is very keen on rolling out small cells to improve coverage in both homes and businesses.

Gavin Patterson, BT’s chief exec is excited

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G.Fast sand-slinger says it's slung bits at 500 Mbps over 200 metres
Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:02

Hold on to your cabinets: G.Fast chip shipper Sckipio has doubled the reach of its chipsets, and has demoed greater than 500Mbps speeds for a distance of 200 metres.

To put that in perspective, 500Mbps over a distance of 200 metres equates to about one-third of a Usain * .

The company is chuffed, because that's double the rather limp 100 metres stipulated in the ITU's G.Fast standard (a distance that pretty much confines the technology to fibre-to-the-basement deployments).

At 400 metres, the technology manages 200Mbit/s, or roughly one-eighth of a Usain.

The Sckipio demonstrations have been in lab tests

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Australia's (current) PM Tony Abbott again calls for metadata trove laws to pass, ASAP
Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:14

Australia's current prime minister Tony Abbott has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the head of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to renew his call for the country's data retention regime to pass parliament as soon as possible.

Relying on briefings from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, Tony Abbott stated that there have been important counter-terrorism and organised crime cases for which “metadata” access was “absolutely critical”.

“This isn't just nice to have, this is something which is absolutely essential”, the PM told a press conference this morning.

He said the briefing from law enforcement officers stated unequivocally that at least two important

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm
Thursday, 05 February 2015 08:18

Roundup This morning, FCC bigcheese Tom Wheeler outlined his plans for firm net neutrality rules - and hence, the regulation of internet access.

The issue has long been a source of argument and wrangling, and the responses to the news have demonstrated what we already knew: there is seemingly no middle ground on the issue.

Verizon sparked the entire situation by challenging the FCC's previous internet access rules in court, and winning . That put the FCC in the position where it had to come up with something.

Verizon wanted very loose regulation, under section 706 ; many others, including

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