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TalkTalk 'most complained-about ISP' for fifth time

TalkTalk has maintained its position as the UK's most complained-about broadband provider for the fifth quarter running.The company beat fellow ISPs Sky, BT, Orange and Virgin to hold onto the dubious honour for the first quarter of this year, according to data published by communications regulator Ofcom on Tuesday.

June 27, 2012 by

BT blocks The Pirate Bay

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.

June 20, 2012 by

London getting more competitive for leased-line fibre

BT is likely to enjoy lighter controls on the amount it can charge for its leased lines in London, under proposals revealed by Ofcom on Monday.Leased lines offer high-end fibre connectivity as a retail product for business customers, and also as a wholesale product for smaller telcos that resell fixed and mobile broadband services.

June 19, 2012 by

HomeServe fined £750k over excessive silent calls

The home insurance and repairs firm HomeServe has been fined £750,000 by Ofcom, after the telecoms regulator found it had been making an excessive number of silent and abandoned calls to consumers.The fine, the first to be ordered since the maximum penalty was drastically increased in 2010, was levied on Thursday after an investigation that began last year.

April 20, 2012 by

UK internet use increases 50 percent in five years

People in the UK are becoming increasingly comfortable with the internet and are spending 50 percent more time online than they were five years ago, a media literacy survey by Ofcom has shown.The telecoms regulator said on Thursday that 50 percent of people had "concerns over the internet", which is significantly down the 70 percent who had such concerns in 2007.

March 30, 2012 by

Vodafone: Ofcom has 'taken leave of its senses'

Mobile operator Vodafone has accused Ofcom of "taking leave of its senses" in its decision to allow Everything Everywhere to forge ahead with a 4G rollout before 2013, according to reports.The telecoms regulator said on 13 March that it was "minded" to allow Everything Everywhere to refarm its 2G spectrum to provide 4G services using the 1800MHz frequency, prompting the response from Vodafone in The Sunday Times.

March 19, 2012 by

Almost 1m households to be hit by 4G interference

More than 900,000 UK households could be affected by 4G interference to digital TV, according to upcoming Ofcom figures.Previous figures from the regulator put the worst case scenario at 760,000 households to be affected by 4G mobile.

February 21, 2012 by

TalkTalk forced to block Newzbin2

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.

February 15, 2012 by

Internet giants oppose new regulator

Internet giants and Australian telecommunications providers have opposed the Australian Government's proposal to instate a digital economy regulator, stating that increased regulation is unnecessary and possibly harmful.

February 14, 2012 by

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