UK Government

UK government pledges fast broadband for all by 2020

The UK government has pledged to make fast broadband accessible to every home and business by the end of the current parliament in 2020. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said that everyone will have a legal right to request a 10Mbps internet connection in time for the next general election, with fast broadband to […]

DTG calls on BBC to champion tech innovations

The UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has called for the BBC to champion innovation and open standards in digital and wireless communication technology. In its response to the UK government’s consultation on the BBC’s Charter Review, the DTG said that it believes the BBC should play a leading role in the UK and in global […]

Nordic broadcasters urge UK government to back BBC

Director generals from the Nordic region’s public broadcasters have warned the British government not to weaken the UK’s BBC, claiming there is “a growing need for public service broadcasting”. In an open letter to the government published by The Guardian, the signees said the BBC had shown “an amazing ability to adapt” to the changing […]

Fairhead: BBC future shouldn’t be subject to ‘vested interest’

The future of the BBC needs to be driven by “evidence and fact, not by prejudice and not by vested interest,” according to the head of the BBC Trust Rona Fairhead. In an open letter on ‘Tomorrow’s BBC’, published by the Independent newspaper, Fairhead said that while the BBC needs to reform and evolve, there […]

Superfast broadband scheme extended in Wales

Roughly 42,000 more premises in business parks and industrial estates in Wales will benefit from a superfast broadband, thanks to the extension of a government-backed scheme. Superfast Cymru will now run until 2017 and is a programme, part funded by the UK government, set up to bring fast fibre broadband to areas across Wales which […]

UK government aims to double spectrum revenues

The UK government has said that aims for spectrum to double its contribution to the economy to more than £100 billion by 2025.  In a paper on UK spectrum strategy, published yesterday, Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries, said that the government’s “vision” for the use of spectrum was to foster contribution […]

Sky told to end public service retransmission fees

The UK government plans to end controversial retransmission fees that British public broadcasters pay to News Corp-backed satellite TV platform BSkyB for carriage. A new report released the week by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport recommends the fees be stopped to bring the arrangement between Sky and the PSBs in line with “zero […]

UK minister outlines “three scenarios” for DTT after loss of 700MHz spectrum

The 700MHz frequency range currently given over to digital-terrestrial broadcasting is clearly going to be re-allocated because of demand for mobile broadband spectrum, and the UK government – along with the Future of Innovation in Television Technology (FITT) task force – is looking at three possible scenarios for the future of the DTT platform, according to […]

Virgin Media boss rails against broadband intervention

Outgoing Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett has spoken out against “clumsy” government intervention in the rollout of high-speed broadband, warning that it could prove detrimental to competition. Berkett, who is due to step down from Virgin Media in the coming months when Liberty Global closes its planned buyout of the UK operator, used a keynote […]