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BT started blocking access to The Pirate Bay around midday on Tuesday, the ISP has confirmed.BT Retail was the last of the big UK internet service providers to institute the block, which had been ordered by the High Court after an earlier ruling that found The Pirate Bay (TPB) to be aiding copyright infringement.
Internet service provider TalkTalk has joined the likes of BT and Sky in blocking the Usenet aggregator Newzbin2.The company confirmed on Tuesday that it had been forced to begin the blocking process following receipt of a court order in January.
A government-funded agency is to give 10 UK companies cash to start figuring out how to make money from the rapid proliferation of internet-connected items.The Technology Strategy Board said on Wednesday that the companies, including BT, would each get up to £50,000 to "undertake preparatory studies to better understand how to move towards an application and services marketplace in the 'internet of things'".
BT has begun supplying €120m worth of networked IT kit, software and services to the European Parliament under a five-year agreement, the company said on Tuesday.The deal, worth £100m at current exchange rates, involves two framework contracts that have seen BT Global Services take over the provision of IP telephony, unified communications, videoconferencing, telepresence, security and internet access services at the parliament's Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg sites.
Sky Broadband began blocking Newzbin2 on Tuesday, after receiving a court order telling it to do so.The ISP is the second major internet provider to block access to the file-sharing website, after BT started doing so around the end of October.
Internet service provider TalkTalk has warned that relying on BT to provide the majority of the UK's fibre infrastructure will give the company a virtual monopoly on super-fast broadband connections, particularly in rural areas.Commercial director at TalkTalk, David Goldie, also warned that he did not feel a BT-led rollout would represent a sound investment in infrastructure.
The BT-owned ISP is offering home workers and gamers guaranteed low latency for an extra £5 a month, and claims the service will not affect the internet experience of those who do not pay
The European Commission (EC) has told UK telco giant BT that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will not force internet service providers (ISPs) to police their networks for copyright infringement.
This morning Ribbit and BT confirmed previous rumors by announcing an acquisition price of $105 million. I've been a big fan of Ribbit since they launched because they made voice a first class citizen and data type for rich Internet applications.
Bob Briscoe (Chief researcher at the BT Network Research Centre) is on a mission to tackle one of the biggest problems facing the Internet. He wants the world to know that TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) congestion control is fundamentally broken and he has a proposal for the IETF to fix the root cause of the problem.
Resilient infrastructure should prevent the UK from experiencing a disruption to internet connectivity similar to the one that hit the Middle East and India
Another week, another foreign acquisition for BT. Last time it was an IT consultancy in the States, but this week it's more standard telco stuff, specifically i2i Enterprise in Mumbai, an enterprise services company "specialising in internet protocol (IP) communications services for major Indian and global multinational companies".
Counterpane security guru Bruce Schneier joins BT Group as it tries to increase network security for business customers.
A row between BT and Euro1Net has left around 5,000 people unable to access the Internet, but Ofcom may yet intervene
The '12 Wireless Cities' plan will see BT make wireless Internet access more widely available, in partnership with local councils
This year's ISPA Internet Villain is the UK government, although BT may have put in an early bid for the 2007 award with some on-stage banter at the awards ceremony
Peter Hovell heads up the BT wing charged with improving the Internet, which includes the telco's multi-billion pound 21st Century Network project
BT is undercutting Skype, just as Dixons launches its own Internet telephony product
Internet users keen to get 8Mbps broadband from BT need to live in Strathclyde or Greater London. Working for BT Retail would also help
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