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Deadline extended for tribes to seek broadband licenses

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Tribes have another month to apply for a band of wireless spectrum to establish or expand internet on their landsBy FELICIA FONSECA Associated PressJuly 31, 2020, 11:27 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Federal Communications Commission is giving tribes another month to apply for a band of wireless spectrum that would help them establish or expand internet access on their land — far less time than what tribes had sought. Tribes pushed to be first in line to apply for licenses for the mid-band spectrum that is largely unassigned across the western United States and can be used for fixed or mobile internet service. The licenses once were reserved for educational institutions. The tribal priority window opened in February and was set to cl
Virgin Media broadband down in parts of London

Virgin Media broadband down in parts of London

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Virgin Media users across London are reporting they have been left without internet after an outage in the capital. Thousands of Londoners said they had no connection this morning, with outage maps showing large parts of the city affected. Many have been left unable to do their jobs, with the government still encouraging people to work from home where possible due to coronavirus.Tweeting her frustration, one woman wrote: "When there's a major outage at Virgin Media and all you can do is sit and wait as your time-sensitive work slowly burns."Someone else posted: "Hi @richardbranson. Can you please fix this. None of us can currently do our jobs. Kind regards, Every Virgin Media Customer." ...
Virgin Media broadband goes offline for tens of thousands of users

Virgin Media broadband goes offline for tens of thousands of users

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Virgin Media's broadband service went offline for tens of thousands of users in the run-up to peak time. The Downdetector service recorded more than 40,000 reports at 5.20pm, which coincided with the government's daily coronavirus briefing. Reports of an outage then began to fall before rising to more than 42,000 at 7.20pm. Image: Virgin Media went offline for tens of thousands of users Virgin Media said its peak time is between 8pm and 10pm.Downdetector's data suggests there were 1,577 reports of outages at 8.30pm. ...
Coronavirus: UK broadband data caps removed during pandemic

Coronavirus: UK broadband data caps removed during pandemic

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The UK’s main internet providers have agreed to remove data caps on fixed-line broadband during the coronavirus pandemic.The move is part of a range of new measures agreed between telecoms companies and the government.Other commitments include “fairly and appropriately” supporting customers who have trouble paying their bills.Providers have also agreed to offer “generous” new mobile and landline packages, the government said.Those companies who have signed up to the commitments include: BT, including its Openreach and EE divisions Virgin Media Sky TalkTalk O2 Vodafone Three Hyperoptic Gigaclear Kcom The initiative supplements measures the individual companies had already announced themselves.
Coronavirus: Broadband firms say no issue with extra demand

Coronavirus: Broadband firms say no issue with extra demand

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UK broadband companies say they can cope with increased demand as many more people stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.Internet service providers (ISPs) say they have contingency plans in place and that the network can deal with extra daytime demand.Video calls and other work applications should have little impact.But some traffic-heavy services are seeing a surge in use around the world as people stay home."Nobody should expect broadband to crash or anything like that," said Mark Jackson, editor of ISP Review. "That's not how these things work."He added: "Some slowdown in speed during periods of truly heavy usage is possible. I'd expect this to be fairly limited, and that's true even in normal times."The impact would vary...