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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Unjust enrichment?

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