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UK’s Information Commissioner Office Clears Google of Wifi Snooping

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WASHINGTON, August 3, 2010 – According to the UK’s Information Commissioner Office (ICO), data Google accidentally collected about WiFi networks is unlikely to cause damage to those networks’ owners.

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Google Exonerated of Data Violations in UK

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WASHINGTON, July 29, 2010 – Following an investigation of Google’s unauthorized Wi-Fi data collection, UK data protection authorities announced that the telecom giant had not done real damage.

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United States Ranked 23rd in Broadband Development

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WASHINGTON, July 26, 2010 – According to a study released last week by Strategy Analytics, the United States ranks 23rd in its development of broadband infrastructure. It places one spot beneath the United Kingdom, which recently pushed back its goal of universal access to 2015 citing funding concerns, with smaller countries such as Lithuania and Singapore ranking several spots above it.

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U.K. Residents Support Priority Superfast Broadband Rollout to Rural Areas

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LONDON, July 13, 2010 – The United Kingdom government is under pressure to increase funding for deployment of superfast broadband in rural areas following several public surveys confirming widespread support for positive discrimination in favor of the country’s remote communities. The “outside-in” approach of starting with rural areas first is supported by 62% of the population, according to the latest survey of 453 respondents by, an independent site dedicated to information about broadband services and providers. Furthermore 44% of all respondents wanted to go straight for fibre optic deployment in rural areas in a single hit, while only 20% agreed with the U.K. government’s plan to provide universal access at a basic rate of 2 Mbps first, with the aim of completing this by 2012.

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Virgin Media to Offer Super High Speed Connections

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WASHINGTON, July 2, 2010 – Virgin Media, one of the United Kingdom’s top internet service providers, will soon offer 400 mbps downstream connections. Currently, its network has a maximum speed of 50 mbps down, but with impending upgrades the firm is planning to push the limits of DOCSIS3.

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Ofcom to Unbundle British Telecom’s Fiber Network

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WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010-The European Commission has approved U.K. regulator Ofcom’s proposals to require virtual unbundling of British Telecom’s fiber network. However, it requests that the full unbundling happen as soon as possible.

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Role of Broadband Upon Climate Change Discussed at Freedom to Connect

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SILVER SPRING, Md., April 1, 2009 – The interaction between climate change and broadband took center-stage in the third session of the Freedom to Connect conference here on Tuesday. Panelists called for a cost-benefit analysis.

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