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Weekly broadband news 15.02.2013

This week's latest broadband news from Simplifydigital

By on February 15, 2013 at 00:00 AM
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Weekly broadband news 15.02.2013

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Every Friday we aim to give you a quick lunchtime summary of the biggest broadband stories that unfolded last week. Get your sandwiches ready.

Copper thieves have been convicted

Two men have been caught and convicted for stealing a large quantity of BT copper telephone cable while posing as workmen, cutting off broadband and telephone services to hundreds of premises in Teddington and Sussex in May 2012.

Broadband cuts won't harm rollout

According to BT, the cuts to EU's broadband fund won't affect planned rural broadband rollouts.

The broadband project called Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has been downsized, with only €1bn being approved.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president, said she was disappointed:

"Because such a smaller sum does not leave room for investing in broadband networks".

The Isle of Wight accuses council of delaying broadband

The Isle of Wight's only provider WightFibre is critical of the council's decision to delay the roll-out plan for superfast broadband as of being "biased in favour of BT" and not looking for alternatives.

Meanwhile, the residents are left without superfast broadband.

The plan was for at least 90% of the Island having superfast broadband by 2015.

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