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The communications watchdog is threatening to formally regulate broadband providers that do not give an accurate picture of the speeds customers can internet receive, after it found companies were falling short.

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Ofcom, the communications regulator, hopes to accelerate the march of "superfast" broadband across the UK by demanding BT offer rivals access to its fibre network as well as its underground ducts and telegraph poles.

Watchdog urges BT to open up network to competitors

BT should open up its network of telegraph poles, underground ducts and new fibre lines to competitors under Ofcom plans announced today to promote super-fast broadband in the UK.

Ofcom launches investigation of calling card giant Lycatel

Complaints trigger inquiry into whether company has infringed consumer laws

Saturday Kitchen Live rapped over swearing incident

Popular TV show Saturday Kitchen Live has been rapped by the broadcasting watchdog after a guest chef swore while attempting to cook an omelette.

Ofcom clears Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner over Sharron Davies 'faecal matter' comment

Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner did not fall foul of broadcasting rules by condemning a performance by Sharron Davies as like "faecal matter that won't flush", Ofcom ruled today.

Gaunt heads to court after censure for 'Nazi' jibe

Controversial radio presenter Jon Gaunt is to go to court today to uphold his right to freedom of expression after he was censured for calling a local councillor a “Nazi” and an “ignorant pig.”

BBC's Kennel Club ruling postponed

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has postponed a ruling over a controversial documentary about the Kennel Club after the BBC raised concerns over the watchdog's investigation.

C4 to name 'Teflon Terry' as chairman

Lord Burns, a former senior civil servant at the Treasury, is set to be unveiled as the new chairman of Channel Four, and his first job will be to find a replacement for the outgoing chief executive, Andy Duncan.

BT and 3 urge Ofcom to slash cost of calls

Terminate the Rate, the campaign launched by mobile phone group 3 UK and telecoms giant BT, will today hand the communications watchdog a 114,000-strong petition calling for a cut to the cost of calling mobiles.

Channel 4 cleared of harming children in 'home alone' show

Channel 4 has been cleared of putting child welfare at risk with a series in which under-12s lived without adults for a fortnight, prompting a flood of complaints.

David Prosser: Sky warns football Ofcom is an own goal

Outlook Take it as a threat or just a statement of fact, but Jeremy Darroch wants the football world to be in no doubt that the sport will share the pain should Ofcom follow through on its threat to force Sky, his company, to sell its football rights to rival broadcasters at regulated – ie, lower – prices.

£80,000 fine for ITV awards fix

Regulator Ofcom imposed an £80,000 fine today after a prize-fix incident at ITV1's British Comedy Awards which wrongly named Ant and Dec as the People's Choice winners.

David Prosser: What Rupert wants, he usually gets

Outlook Too little, too late. Ofcom said this week that David Cameron's little faux pas on Absolute Radio this summer – the Conservative Party leader swore twice during a live show – did not constitute a breach of broadcasting rules. But the regulator's leniency will not persuade Mr Cameron to remove it from his crosshairs – the Tories have already singled out Ofcom for the axe should they win the election.

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