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Shares jumped 3% after the company announced 2.5 million customers have signed up for BT Sport television

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Watchdog cracks down on misleading claims over broadband speeds

The advertising regulator will this week order broadband providers to give customers a more accurate picture of the internet speeds they can receive.

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Tom Hodgkinson: 'The wired-up system has failed us'

The shopkeeper's life is a troubled one, and I blame technology. Like every business today, seemingly, we have been encouraged to do everything by computer. Even if perhaps we might have preferred, in our retail fantasy land, to have a nice old-fashioned till that made loud ringing noises, a typewriter out back for typing invoices, with carbon copies, and a nine-year-old lad sitting in the fireplace ready to run errands in return for a cup of sugary tea, you don't actually have much choice in the matter. When everyone else has broadband, electronic point-of-sale scanners, stock-control systems, touchscreen PCs and all the rest of it, you sort of have to join in.

£362m for broadband rollout in hard-to-reach areas

Rural and hard-to-reach areas were allocated £362 million today to improve their broadband connections.



Virgin Media to reach another 100,000 homes

Virgin Media is set to expand its cable network to pass a further 100,000 homes by the end of the year, as the super-fast broadband arms race with BT continues to heat up.

Inmarsat down by a fifth as maritime slows

Shares in Inmarsat dived yesterday despite soaring profits in the first half of the year, as it warned that the slowdown in its maritime business would drag on for longer than it had initially expected.

BT profits lift as it boosts broadband

Profits at BT Group rose 20 per cent in the second quarter as it attracted 250,000 customers to its broadband services.

Average UK broadband speed increased by 10%

The average UK broadband speed has increased by 10% this year, according to a report published today.

Stephen Foley: The need for speed and some tough regulation on broadband promises

Outlook Broadband speeds are rising – hooray – but not as fast as the UK's internet service providers are claiming. The conclusion of the latest Ofcom report is that ISPs are telling bigger whoppers than ever about the speed of their connections. Their advertising is more BS than Mb/s, you might say.

Dr Matthew Feldman: Slaughter was killer's appetiser. It is the trial that is his main course

The issue of "broadband terrorism" remains virtually unchecked and on the rise among extreme right-wing groups

BT told to cut rural broadband costs

The telecoms watchdog has ordered BT to slash its charges to rivals to help bring cheaper broadband to millions of homes in rural parts of Britain.

Countryside set for cheaper internet access

Millions of people are set to get cheaper internet access after BT was told today to slash its wholesale charges to rural areas.

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