National Broadband News

The Broadband World this Week - Week 30

25th July 2014
The Broadband World this Week - Week 30

This week, new figures show the parental controls brought in by the government are not popular with users, the Isles of Scilly have a new way of getting superfast broadband, and UK has one of the best broadband coverage in Europe, a report has found.

New broadband customers reject parental controls, figures show

The vast majority of new customers to the UK's four biggest internet providers have ignored content filters on their broadband connections. Just one in 25 new Virgin Media customers who were offered parental controls on their broadband chose to turn them on, new figures on internet filters have shown.

The response was slightly better for BT and Sky, where 5% and 9% of customers chose to enable the filters. But of the four major UK internet service providers, only TalkTalk a saw significant proportion – 36% – of users accept the offer of parental controls.

Read more in The Guardian

Isles of Scilly tap into seabed fibre cables to get superfast broadband

A plan to bring fibre broadband to the Isles of Scilly for the first time by pressing a disused subsea fibre optic cable into service is nearing completion. The £3.7m project, which began in 2013, is taking advantage of existing infrastructure to help the £132m Superfast Cornwall initiative meet its target of bringing fibre broadband to 95% of homes and businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by the end of the year.

Read more at Computer Weekly

UK nearing “broadband utopia” with 99.8% coverage

The UK has nearly achieved its goal of providing fixed broadband coverage to the entire population, according to data from the European Commission (EC). The report for the UK said 99.8% of the country can now access some form of fixed internet services, with 81.6 percent of these connections classed as higher-speed ‘next-generation access’ (NGA), although the EC does not specify a threshold speed for NGA.

Read more at V3