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Broadband speeds for properties to be made available

Soon, when moving house, you'll be able to compare broadband speeds to wherever you're moving to, easily. You'll be able to check the broadband speeds of different addresses before moving, according to government plans, as they want internet companies to show their data on speeds for individual addresses, rather than whole areas. This is all…

Virgin Media price hike - and what you can do

As we found out yesterday, it can be a rather lengthy affair trying to cancel your contract with Virgin Media. There's more bad news too, as Virgin Media are set to put their prices up, saying that customers are looking at monthly bills that will cost (up to) £3.49 extra, a month, from November. It…

Rural areas still have awful broadband

Broadband news now, and people who live in rural areas are being shafted on broadband speed, still! They're only getting a fifth of the typical advertised broadband speed, which is going to pile pressure on the advertisements that are being run by broadband providers. The Local Government Association (LGA) has hit out against the speeds…

Vodafone to scrap line-rental

Vodafone have said that they're getting rid of line rental charges for new and upgrading home broadband customers in the UK. What does that actually mean? Well, immediately, you'll not see an £18-a-month charge for it on your bill if you've committed yourself to an 18-month contract. You'll still have a landline connection and number,…

BT put up price of landline, broadband, calls and TV

If you're a customer of BT, which millions of people are, you are looking at a number of price hikes as the telco puts up their costs for the second time in 12 months. If you have a standard broadband and unlimited anytime call package, it is going to cost you around £43 more per…

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UK: still not great for 4G

UK: still not great for 4G

Mobile phone coverage is a hot topic among the people of the UK, which basically means everyone likes complaining about the speed of their 4G when they're trying to use their smartphones when not hooked-up to a wifi access point. According to a study from our pays over at Which!!!, people are only able to…

Culture minister blasts broadband industry

Culture minister Ed Vaizey is fuming at the broadband companies of the UK, saying that it is farcical that people like BT and Sky are allowed to advertise certain broadband speeds, even though they're not available to most customers. He's said that this behaviour is “misleading” and the whole thing is a “complete and utter joke”.…

BT to open up network to rivals, and cut prices

Ofcom have delivered the news to BT that they didn't want - they have to open their Openreach network to their rivals, and not only that, they've got to cut prices while they're at it. The regulator says that BT have to give better services for the dedicated high-speed data lines which are need by businesses…

A ban on charging homes for landlines they don't use?

A lot of people are rightly annoyed that they have to pay for a landline just to get their broadband. If you're not using your landline phone to make calls on, it sticks in the craw to have to cough-up for it every time your bill comes. Well, companies like BT (and the rest) could…

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BT to open up cable network

BT to open up cable network

Regulator Ofcom has given BT the news it didn't want - they now have to open up their cable network, which means their rivals can now connect everyone to the internet, without having to go through BT first. That's not all Ofcom have been saying - they also think that good, affordable broadband should be…

UK paying too much for faster internet

Manufacturers in the UK are coughing up money for no good reason, as they are paying "inflated" amounts to secure fast enough internet access. This is according to EEF, who found that a quarter of small firms and half of medium-sized firms were paying over £5,000 a year just to get access that suited their needs.…

BT customers suffering huge broadband outages

BT customers are reporting huge service outages with over 40,000 reports within the last 24 hours at Down Detector. Problems are so far being reported in London, Birmingham, Guildford, Coventry, Manchester, Ruislip, Sheffield, Leicester, Glasgow and Bristol. The problems seem to have started around 9:50am today and theres currently no news as to when it…

MPs want BT to sell Openreach

A number of MPs - the exact number being 121 - have called for Ofcom to make BT sell off their Openreach business. Why? Well, they believe that doing this will ensure that the 'dire' state of broadband in the UK will be fixed. In a report called 'Broadbad' (sigh), the British Infrastructure Group of MPs said…

250,000 ditch TalkTalk after hack

Remember when TalkTalk was hacked by a child? Remember when they tried to say sorry with some rubbish upgrades? Well, people weren't impressed and 250,000 left TalkTalk in the fall out of it all, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Imran Choudhary, consumer insight director at Kantar, said: "Customers have lost faith in TalkTalk as a trustworthy brand."…

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Virgin Media to axe 900 jobs

Virgin Media to axe 900 jobs

Virgin Media is going to give the chop to 900 jobs from their UK workforce over the next couple of years. They insist that the company are growing and still investing, but this will be little comfort to anyone who is about to be made redundant. Chief exec, Tom Mockridge, says: "Over the last three…