Slow Gigabit broadband roll-out ‘stumbling block’ for levelling up


Levelling up likely to hit a ‘stumbling block’ due to lack of awareness, funding and focussed roles when it comes to Gigabit broadband roll-out, study says.

Investment in countryside could add over £40bn to economy


Policies focused on improving the economic and social potential of the countryside could add £43bn to the UK economy, report finds.

All schools in England to have high speed internet by 2025


Every school in England will have access to high speed internet by 2025, the education secretary has announced.

Council pension schemes urged to invest in local economies


Local government pension funds will be targetted to pump billions of pounds into regional economies as part of the new levelling up White Paper.

Council chiefs call for digital champions to help gigabit broadband roll-out


Local authority leaders have urged the Government to allow councils to create digital champions to help speed up the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband in hard to reach areas.

County areas are 'poor relation' in internet speeds, MPs warn


County ares could become the 'poor relation' to cities in the Government's gigabit rollout, MPs have warned today.

Broadband cables to be run through water pipes


Government offering £4m to anyone wishing to run a trial that would see broadband cables fed through the water pipes to speed up the roll-out of fast internet.

Two million rural homes to benefits from £5bn broadband upgrade


Over two million rural homes and businesses are set to see improvements to their internet connection thanks to a £5bn broadband upgrade.

Spending watchdog highlights 'litany of failures' on superfast broadband


A 'litany’ of failures by the Government will leave rural homes and businesses without superfast broadband, MPs have warned today.

Invest in local digital champions, council chiefs say


Local authority leaders have called on the Government to fund local digital champions to support the broadband roll-out.

What the Dickens is going on with broadband in schools?


Evan Wienburg warns that too many schools don’t have access to the reliable connectivity and ultrafast broadband speeds.

Watchdog warns 2025 target for superfast broadband will be 'challenging'


Rural and remote areas have been left behind in plans to rollout superfast broadband, the public spending watchdog has warned.

Councils offered £20,000 to improve digital connectivity


Local authorities are being urged to apply for funding that can help them improve local and regional digital connectivity.

Government 'likely' to miss full fibre broadband 2025 target


A Government promise to deliver full fibre broadband to every home by 2025 is likely to be missed unless ministers make radical changes to telecoms policy, think tank warns.

Government announces £22m rural broadband investment


Over £22m of funding is being invested into the Government’s broadband voucher scheme to boost broadband speeds in rural English shires and counties.

BT: Providing more superfast connections than ever


In the coming years, we are going to see more and more smart devices connecting to mobile and broadband networks. BT Group is one of the major players in this space and is at the heart of the growing tech sector in Wales.

Creating a gigabit-capable nation


Evan Wienburg outlines how to ensure many happy full fibre returns for UK plc by 2025.

Council chiefs welcome drive to ensure new homes come with gigabit-speed broadband


Local authority leaders have welcomed an announcement that the Government will legislate to make sure new-build homes come with gigabit-speed broadband.

London councils lack strategies and budget to rollout 5G, research finds


Most London councils do not have a strategy in place to rollout 5G networks, a new investigation has revealed.

Labour pledges free fast broadband


A future Labour government will nationalise BT's Openreach operations to provide free full-fibre broadband to every home in the country, the party has announced.

New law to make it quicker to install faster internet connections in flats


A new law has been passed to make it possible to install faster internet connections in flats where landlords ignore requests for access from broadband firms.

Councils ‘best placed’ to understand digital needs of local areas


The Local Government Association says councils have a central role to play in making sure people in rural areas have access to the fastest broadband services.

Full-fibre and 5G could boost council revenue by £10,000


Investing in full-fibre and 5G could increase a local authority’s revenue intake by £10,000, new research suggests.

Whitehall consults on plans to simplify planning rules for 5G roll-out


The Government has launched a consultation on proposals to simplify planning rules for mobile infrastructure to support the roll-out of 5G across the country.

How PSBA is connecting the public sector in Wales


There are a number of benefits for a public sector organisation using PSBA’s services.

Going the extra mile


Paul Doe explains how local authorities can deliver value to citizens beyond connectivity.

Council chiefs call for devolution to rural communities after Brexit


Local authority leaders have called on the Government to devolve more powers to rural areas in the event that Britain leaves the European Union.

Broadband for the future


Salisbury is about to become the first full city to benefit from fibre-to-the-premise broadbroadband, opening up a host of possibilities for residents, businesses and public services.

Whitehall announces £200m ‘rural broadband' programme


The Government yesterday announced that it has started to rollout gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to rural areas across the country.

Transforming rural economies


Evan Wienburg argues that the transformation of our rural economies begins with infrastructure.

How digitalisation is transforming Belfast into a leading economy


Martin McFadyen explores how technical innovation and improved connectivity has helped Belfast and NI transform into a leading knowledge economy with global investment appeal.

Consumer watchdog reveals broadband ‘black spots’


Many local authority areas, including in London, still have broadband black spots, according to a consumer watchdog.

Why homes should be digitally fit for purpose


Evan Wienburg argues that all new houses being built - including social housing ­- must have a future-proof broadband connection built in.

The overbuilding of the UK's infrastructure


Evan Wienburg explains why the overbuilding the UK's infrastructure using taxpayers' money must stop.

Full fibre broadband to be ‘mandatory’ for new builds, Gov says


Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s proposal to make full fibre broadband for all new build homes mandatory.

Go with Gigabit


Richard Watts explains how local authorities can take the initiative to install Gigabit fibre and roll out high-speed services at a regional level.

Why praying for a broadband miracle won’t work


Evan Wienburg argues that instead of praying for a broadband miracle, local authorities need to change their attitude to how future-proof broadband is rolled out.

Rural counties suffer from low broadband speeds


A new study has revealed that over two-thirds of England’s counties have lower than average broadband speeds.

Councils call for new 'Fibre to the Premises' Kitemark for new homes


Housing developers must ensure all new builds have a digital connection ‘fit for the 21st century’, council chiefs say as they call for a Fibre to the Premises Kitemark.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council launches Gigabit broadband


Stoke-on-Trent City Council has partnered with a Swedish tech company to roll out Gigabit full fibre connectivity to residents and businesses.

Technology and the public sector 2018


Jos Creese outlines some key technology trends councils should focus on in 2018.

One million homes without ‘decent’ broadband, regulator finds


More than one million homes and offices are struggling to get ‘decent’ broadband, new Ofcom report finds.

£190m Full Fibre networks fund launched


Local authorities can now bid for funding from a new £190m programme designed to accelerate the rate at which Full Fibre networks are made available across the UK.

BT offers to invest £600m to improve broadband speeds


BT has offered to invest up to £600m to make sure the majority of UK households and businesses get broadband speeds of at least 10Mbps per second.

Councils call for control of fines levied on mobile operators


Councils have called for control over fines given to mobile operators for poor coverage and customer service to boost connectivity.

Areas with slowest broadband revealed


Councillors have stressed importance of digital connectivity after a report identified 11 places which get less than the minimum recommended broadband speed.

Consultation launched to reform ‘misleading’ broadband speed claims


Council leaders have welcomed the launch of a consultation aimed at creating tougher standards for advertising broadband speed claims.

Millions of people report problems with bad broadband


Local government leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to making sure people have access to broadband internet technology.

Britain in ‘digital slow lane’, commission warns


Local authorities should work with network providers to ensure the deployment of 5G across the country, commission says.

Publish broadband speeds by address demand LGA


Town hall leaders have called on broadband providers to let residents see what speeds are available direct to their home.

Holyrood 'must do more' to roll-out broadband, auditors say


The roll-out of high-speed broadband in Scotland is making ‘good progress’, but more needs to be done to extend coverage to rural areas, auditors say.

Broadband speed advertising ‘misleading’, claim councils


Advertised broadband speeds which are only available to 10% of customers are ‘misleading’, say council chiefs.

Minimum download speed must be ‘enshrined in law’, says councils


The Government must enshrine the national minimum standard of broadband speed in law because public services are becoming ‘digital by default’, council chiefs say.

Council commits millions to superfast broadband plans


North Yorkshire has agreed to multi-million pound superfast broadband plans in order to improve internet access across the county.

Councils call for action on broadband speeds


Town hall chiefs have called on Whitehall to re-affirm its commitment to minimum broadband speeds across the country.

Rural areas at risk of entering ‘digital twilight zone', LGA warns


A flexible national minimum standard of broadband speed is necessary to stop hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from falling into a ‘digital twilight zone', councils say.

New homes to get superfast broadband


New homes will be ready-connected with superfast broadband under government plans agreed with telecoms provider BT.

Council concerned over 'outdated' digital inclusion report


Northumberland County Council has criticised the use of ‘outdated’ information published this week on levels of access to broadband in the county.

In the digital club


How can councils and housing associations help residents to begin their digital journey?

Edinburgh extends fibre network in Gigabit City project


A scheme to upgrade city-wide communications has taken a step forward in Edinburgh as part of the Gigabit City project.

Edinburgh Council outsources ICT with £186m contract


Edinburgh Council has outsourced its ICT services in a deal that is expected to save £45m and create more than 200 jobs and 60 apprenticeships.

Councils prepare to extend superfast broadband scheme


The government’s rollout of superfast broadband is on track to reach 95% of the UK by 2017, with new figures showing more than three million homes and businesses now have access to internet speeds greater than 24 Mbps.

BT to return £129m broadband subsidies to local authorities


BT will hand back £129m to local authorities to help roll-out superfast broadband coverage.

Provider drops satellite broadband connection charges for partner councils


Residents in certain local authority areas are being offered free installation and activation of satellite broadband.

Kent awards six-year PSN contract


A six-year contract to manage a shared network for public services across Kent has been awarded to Daisy Updata Communications Ltd (DUCL).

Yorkshire borough signs dark fibre PSN upgrade deal


Kirklees Council has selected a provider to upgrade its PSN network, in a move expected to significantly improve connectivity for local residents.

UK broadband 'not up to speed', report warns


UK broadband is not 'fit for purpose' and Government targets won't go far enough to boost connectivity, a report has found.

Winning bids for £10m broadband fund announced


The successful bids for a £10m fund to roll-out broadband in the hardest to reach places in the UK have been announced by the government.

Extra £250m announced for superfast broadband


Superfast broadband projects will receive additional funding from a £250m pot, culture secretary Maria Miller has revealed.

Superfast broadband rollout accelerates, figures suggest


Rollout of superfast broadband to rural communities almost tripled in speed over the last quarter of 2013, government reports reveal.

Shropshire high-speed broadband rollout continues


High-speed fibre broadband will reach a further 18 rural Shropshire communities, as part of a continuing £24.6m council partnership.

More Scottish regions to receive high speed broadband


Over 39,000 homes and businesses across Scotland are to receive fibre broadband, under further rounds of the Digital Scotland partnership.

Superfast broadband for Wales scheme on schedule says minister


The roll-out of superfast broadband in Wales is on schedule with more than 100,000 homes benefiting from the project, according to culture secretary, Maria Miller.

Ten cities to share £100m funding for high speed broadband


Small businesses will be able to benefit from a £100m pot of money to connect them to better quality, high speed broadband.

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