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Labour Promises Free Fibre Broadband for the Nation… If it Wins the Election

The Labour party made one of the most staggering manifesto reveals of all time last night, with its shadow chancellor announcing a bonkers plan to nationalise much of Openreach in order to deliver a nationwide, state-owned ISP that would make all broadband connections free. And made of fibre. Read More >>

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Openreach Pours Warm Pimms on Boris Johnson’s 2025 Full Fibre Target

Boris Johnson, a man best described as a Conservative Party leadership candidate and say no more this is supposed to be a tech blog, recently unilaterally declared that the UK could have a complete full fibre broadband infrastructure by 2025 were he to be enrolled as prime minister -- but the men on the ground in the vans poking wires through the ducts say otherwise. Read More >>

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Openreach Chops Wholesale Price of Fibre Connections by up to 40 Per Cent

BT's Openreach division is planning to massively reduce the prices it charges the likes of Sky, TalkTalk and the others for access to its network and fibre connections to resell, with the wholesale cost of your average superfast 80Mb connection dropping from £9.95 to £5.99. It could at last encourage your dad to upgrade to a part-fibre line. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Openreach Van Effigy Wins Bonfire Night

Residents in the village of Templeton in Devon have put into action what many of us have been thinking, with their fury at BT's engineering teams demonstrated by burning an effigy of an Openreach van. Read More >>

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BT and Rival ISPs Plot the UK’s FTTP Future

BT's Openreach division has been running an industry consultation with the UK's other large ISPs and communications providers, with the idea being to find out if there's an appetite for switching the country to an FTTP-only fibre network. And of course there is, but it's going to cost and will require government support. Read More >>

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A BT-Free Openreach is Thinking About Increasing its Broadband Rollout Targets

Now that Openreach has been surgically removed from BT, it's hoped that the UK's broadband infrastructure will end up better and cheaper. Today it's announced that it might be taking one step towards making things nicer for everyone, because its considering increasing previously announced goals regarding the rollout of FTTP broadband. Read More >>

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Forced Openreach Price Cuts Could Mean Cheaper Superfast Connections

Communications enforcer Ofcom is asking BT's Openreach division to cut the wholesale prices it charges competitors for superfast connections, which could, if they decide not to keep the savings for themselves, lead to cheaper superfast connections for those using ISPs that rely on reselling BT's service. Read More >>

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Ofcom’s Biggest Ever Fine Goes To BT

Ofcom's fining BT a record £42,000,000 for abusing its market power to reduce the amount of compensation it paid other companies. Read More >>

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BT And Openreach Are Getting A Divorce

BT's hold over broadband infrastructure org Openreach is finally at an end, with Ofcom winning the drawn-out battle to legally separate the two. Read More >>

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Ofcom Orders Openreach to ‘Legally Split’ From BT

Ofcom has decided that BT hasn’t put enough effort into addressing its competition concerns, and has ordered the telecommunications giant to legally split from Openreach. Read More >>

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Sky Boss Still Wants BT and Openreach to be Broken Apart

Sky TV's boss Andrew Griffith has launched a new attack on BT, using a personal opinion piece to renew calls for BT and its Openreach division to be broken up -- despite a recent regulatory decision to let them carry on working together. Read More >>

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BT and Openreach to Stay Together But Separate

Ofcom has resisted calls to split BT and Openreach completely, instead ruling that it should become a legally separate company within the BT group, with its own board, branding and control over budget allocation. Read More >>

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Local Fibre Company May be the First to Enter BT’s Hallowed Ducts

Localised broadband provider City Fibre is apparently pushing BT for keys to its infrastructure, making it the first outsider to apply for access since BT was asked to allow competitors to use its physical hardware, poles and assorted legacy cables for rival installations. Read More >>

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Ofcom Orders BT to Open Openreach to Other Firms

Comms regulator Ofcom has finally decided what to do about BT and its Openreach infrastructure monopoly, and the answer is... not much. Save for a few promises about forcing through the "increased independence" of the sibling and opening up more of the network to competitors. Read More >>