spacex
The U.S. FCC Just Gave SpaceX the Go-Ahead to Build a Space Internet

It looks like we may have a winner in America’s great internet space race. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just authorised SpaceX to launch its broadband satellite service, Starlink. That means Americans could be accessing the internet from space as early as 2019, pointing their phones at the sky and going online. Read More >>

internet
ISPs Told to Give Better Speed Estimates, Including Peak Contention Crunches

Communications regulator Ofcom is having about its fiftieth shot at making the ISPs sell us broadband in a more honest way, this time asking for clearer indications of lower-end speeds and real-world estimates of evening contention. Read More >>

broadband
Vodafone Promises Money Off If Your Broadband Speed Isn’t Fast Enough

If you've got Superfast home broadband with Vodafone, one of two things is likely to happen on 1st March: one, your speed is going to increase, or two, you're going to get 15% off your monthly bill. It's kind of a win/win situation. Read More >>

networks
Gove Tries to Befriend Farmers by Promising Brexit Money for Rural 4G

Environment secretary Michael Gove has had another idea about where all that money we soon won't/might not have to pay the EU could be used -- better rural 4G and broadband. That's what he told a meeting of the National Farmers Union anyway. Maybe he just wanted to get out of the countryside alive. Read More >>

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SpaceX’s Ambitious Internet Satellite Project Is Set to Launch This Weekend

With the inaugural launch of the super-powerful Falcon Heavy rocket now in the books, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is ready to set his sights on an ambitious project known as Starlink. On Saturday, SpaceX will launch two experimental mini-satellites—the first batch of what Musk hopes will eventually comprise a 4,000-satellite constellation providing low-cost internet around the globe. Read More >>

internet
Virgin is Set to Launch 350Mbps Fibre Broadband This Spring

If you choose to get your broadband with Virgin, you can choose speeds between 50Mbps and 300Mbps on a variety of different packages. That'll be changing soon, though, because the company is going to start advertising 350Mbps packages as early as this spring. Read More >>

internet
One London Home Enjoys 10 Gigabit Connection

The home of one man who probably has some professional or personal links to ISP Hyperoptic is currently the fastest-connected studio flat in the UK, thanks to the fibre-only ISP somehow getting a computer to talk to the internet at the speed of 10 gigabits per second. Read More >>

networks
EE Wants Your Home Broadband to be 4G and Will Screw a Thing to the Wall to Help

EE has rolled out its 4G Home Broadband product across the whole country after (what it says was) a successful trial in rural Cumbria, promising maximum speeds of (up to**) 76Mbps for everyone -- and you can even have an external antenna fitted now if your internal 4G signal isn't quite strong enough. Read More >>

piracy
Whoops! Virgin Media’s Been Caught With Piracy Software in One of its Stores

We all know about Virgin Media, the telecoms giant that offers all sorts of things - including television services. While there are plenty of things you can get from the company, the TV bit is especially relevant today because one of its stores has caused a bit of a snafu. All because someone spotted notifications from a piece of piracy software as they were passing by. Read More >>

broadband
BT Will Connect More Easy Urban Areas to Full Fibre by 2020

BT and its Openreach pals have upped one of their entirely voluntary aren't-we-doing-well? broadband targets, boosting the number of premises it expects to have full fibre to the premises connections by 2020 from two million to three million. Read More >>

internet
BT Starts Selling G.Fast With a 100Mbps Guarantee

BT is now offering two new types of "ultrafast" broadband to lucky people living within the footprint surrounding profitable exchanges, with BT Ultrafast 1 and 2 now selectable for some customers. Read More >>

internet
Minimum of 10Mbps Broadband to Become a Legal Right by 2020

The government has politely declined BT's offer to implement a voluntary minimum national broadband speed and is going down the regulatory route, promising that "everyone" should have access to a home internet service of at least 10Mbps by the year 2020 as it's to become a legal right. Read More >>

internet
A Small ISP Tested a Wet-String Broadband Connection, Just for Fun

While most companies might occupy their time with making a broadband connection faster and more efficient, one UK ISP decided it would be fun to see how well a piece of wet string would fare. It actually worked as well. Read More >>

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Broadband Companies Will Have to Stop Advertising ‘Unrealistic Speeds’ From Next May

There are some new rules about how broadband companies can advertise the speed on their services, and as of next May they're going to have to stop using "unrealistic" speed quotes that almost nobody is going to be able to enjoy. Read More >>

ISPs
Automatic Phone and Broadband Compensation is Coming in 2019

If you've recently suffered a botched broadband installation or endured a long, internetless wait for line repairs, this won't help much as it doesn't kick in until 2019. But the good news for the sad disconnected people of the near future is that automatic compensation payments for interrupted services or delayed repairs are coming. Read More >>