Free 50 Mbps full fibre from Community Fibre to help with home schooling

Free 50 Mbps full fibre from Community Fibre to help with home schooling

Being online is critical to schooling and lots of other tasks and with household budgets shrinking for many upgrading or installing a fixed line broadband service for the first time may be a cost too far or they have seen the FTTP service roll-out but due to the cost have not upgraded an existing service.

To help those living in London and one of the 18 London Boroughs where Community Fibre has a presence the provider is offering a free for 12 months 50 Mbps service. After 12 months a household can decide to keep the broadband and sign up to a paid subscription or walk away with no cost.

We know of some 187,000 premises in London where Community Fibre is available, which may seem small compared to the size of London but even if only a couple of hundred households take up the free service it will help stop children’s education slipping further behind than it already has.

Obviously the service needs to be installed and this may make things more complex for those who don’t have the fibre already installed in their house or apartment.

BT Accused of Overcharging UK Landline Only Customers £500m+

BT Accused of Overcharging UK Landline Only Customers £500m+

BT has said they “strongly disagree” with a new court case being brought by Justin Le Patourel, a telecoms consultant who worked at Ofcom for 13 years. Justin claims that the broadband ISP overcharged c.2.3 million landline-only customers. If successful, the case could force the provider to pay out over £500m in compensation.

The case stems from Ofcom’s 2016/17 review of the associated market (here and here), which found that landline-only customers had been “getting poor value for money compared to those who buy bundles of landline, broadband and/or pay-TV services.”

Parler attracted senior members of the UK government before it shut down, according to reports

Parler attracted senior members of the UK government before it shut down, according to reports

More than a dozen politicians from the UK’s ruling Conservative party joined Parler before the social network went offline, according to The Observer.
They included Michael Gove, Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, and foreign minister James Cleverly, the newspaper reported Sunday.
In June, Conservative lawmaker Steve Baker said he hoped Parler would lead to “competition and innovation” for social media companies, according to The Critic.
The findings indicate that conservatives’ sense that mainstream tech platforms are suppressing their speech is not limited to the US.

Cheshire East Council invest £4.5m in fibre broadband

Cheshire East Council invest £4.5m in fibre broadband

Cheshire East Council has announced that they plan to invest £4. 5m into fibre broadband this year.
The plans mean that hard to reach areas in rural communities will have access to gigabit-capable, full-fibre broadband, something that has incredible benefits for not just home use, but also the ability for businesses to trade.
The funds will be part of the Connecting Cheshire Partnership and will help to deliver fibre broadband to 4,000 properties.

Email is killing productivity, new research finds

Email is killing productivity, new research finds

UK-based employees spend almost a full working day each week managing their inboxes
Poor email processes are killing productivity, with a quarter of UK-based employees spending nearly one working day each week managing their inboxes.

That’s according to research by Mail Manager, which surveyed 500 business leaders and decision-makers in the UK. It found that one in four respondents spent at least one hour a day going through their inbox, which amounts to almost one full working day spent on managing emails.

This is despite email being the most-often used form of communication. 90% of respondents indicated that they use email to communicate with their clients, while Skype and WhatsApp, by comparison, were used by 55% of those surveyed. Just 15% of those surveyed said that Slack was their go-to communication platform.

Is Westminster the most connected London Borough?

Is Westminster the most connected London Borough?

Westminster Council has a commitment to deliver full fibre broadband to all council properties in the borough by the end of 2021. Which sounds good, but will leave numerous non council owned homes and business buildings potentiallyt missing out.
The headline of most connected borough is based on the latest Ofcom Connected Nations data which is saying the City of Westminster is at 56.1% FTTP coverage. Our own data has the borough at 53.52% and it is likely that a lot of the difference is down to us not recorded leased lines in our data, so lots of business buildings will show as FTTP in the Ofcom data but not in our data.

While no one will fight against the notion that full fibre coverage is a good metric to aim for universal or near universal availability, at this point in time the availability of other slower broadband types is of paramount importance, i.e. what a small business or resident can order today.