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Ad watchdog urges broadband providers to avoid ‘tit for tat’ complaints 0

Ad watchdog urges broadband providers to avoid ‘tit for tat’ complaints

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has urged broadband providers to avoid making “tit for tat” complaints about competitors. Virgin Media recently complained to the watchdog regarding Sky’s adverts for its broadband services, arguing the claim that they were “super reliable” was misleading. 1 While the ASA upheld the complaint and ordered Sky not to show the ads again in their current form, it believes providers should not rush to make a complaint if they are unhappy about a rival’s advertising. Speaking to BBC News, a spokesman said telecoms providers must try to resolve the matter between themselves first and back up any grievances with evidence they have approached their competitor. “It is a ferociously competitive sector and a lot of scrutiny is given to competitors’ advertising, but we only act when there is a problem under the rules,” the ASA representative said.

The ASA’s recent ruling came shortly after Virgin Media, Sky and TalkTalk all complained about BT’s recent ads regarding its Smart Hub. 2 Rival providers took issue with the claim that the Smart Hub offered “the UK’s most powerful Wi-Fi signal” capable of reaching “some serious distance”.

The ASA accepted that BT had included qualifying text to back up this statement, but determined that the headline claims were “very broad and would be understood as whole-of-market comparisons”.

References ^ misleading. (www.uswitch.com) ^ Smart Hub. (www.uswitch.com)

i3 Broadband selects Huawei for residential broadband in Illinois 0

i3 Broadband selects Huawei for residential broadband in Illinois

Huawei announced that i3 Broadband, a regional provider of fibre-based Internet services, has selected the company to enhance its deployment of services to residential homes and multi-dwelling units (MDUs) in the Champaign-Urbana and the greater Peoria areas of Illinois. Huawei’s scalable, end-to-end broadband solutions will enable i3 Broadband to expand its service offering to existing users, as well as help it to save time and reduce costs when installing connections to new MDU customers. Huawei stated that a key factor in its selection by i3 Broadband was its ability to offer cost-effective, future-proof solutions, which are designed to support software upgrades and eliminate the need to install new equipment. * Recently, i3 Broadband announced plans to commence network construction in multiple neighbourhoods as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment to extend the fibre network throughout Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

i3 Broadband is deploying FTTH infrastructure to deliver gigabit broadband, video and voice services to customers in the area. * i3 Broadband is the local commercial partner that is working with the UC2B not-for-profit board to extend fibre connectivity to homes and businesses.

The network expansion was to extend the initial UC2B fibre backbone build carried out from 2010 to 2013 that was supported by $26 million in federal and state grants and in-kind contributions from the cities of Champaign and Urbana and the University of Illinois.

£3m South Gloucestershire BT Deal Targets Universal Superfast Broadband 0

£3m South Gloucestershire BT Deal Targets Universal Superfast Broadband

The South Gloucestershire Council in England, which is already working with Openreach ( BT ) to extend “ superfast broadband ” (24Mbps+) coverage to 97% of the region by December 2017, has signed a new £3m contract that will benefit a further 4,300 premises (3,800 via FTTP ). 1 2 3 The deal, which is supported by funding of £2m from the central Government’s Broadband Delivery UK 4 programme and £1m from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), aims to complete the extended roll-out in South Gloucestershire by the end of 2018 and this should take local coverage of “ superfast broadband ” very close to universal levels (currently it’s already at around 95%). The deployment is expected to use a lot more of Openreach 5 ’s ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premise ( FTTP 6 ) broadband technology than before, although the operator will also continue to roll-out their slower hybrid Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC 7 ) service in a number of areas. Work to provide the service will start later this year.

Cllr John Goddard, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: “So far, more than 20,000 homes and businesses have been able to access fibre broadband as part of our rollout across South Gloucestershire. We have always said that we are committed to providing an improved broadband service to as much of the district as possible and this latest investment could see up to 99 per cent of premises covered when combined with the commercial programme. Once complete, thousands more homes and businesses in more rural areas are set to benefit from a service that would not have been available without the council’s continued efforts to bring about these improvements.” Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: “The transformation of the digital landscape in South Gloucestershire to date has been tremendous, but there’s still more to be done.

I’m delighted that another 4,300 local homes and businesses are now going to benefit from a faster and more reliable broadband service, ensuring they can get the fast and reliable connectivity they need, both now and for the future.” Some of the communities set to benefit in the latest phase of the programme include several rural areas not previously covered by the existing roll-out and remaining communities from the previous two phases, including: Almondsbury, Alveston, Aust, Bitton, Bromley Heath, Cold Ashton, Cromhall, Dodington, Downend, Doynton, Falfield, Frampton Cotterell, Hanham Abbots, Hanham, Hawkesbury, Horton, Iron Acton, Kingswood, Marshfield, Olveston, Patchway, Pilning, Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Rockhampton, Soundwell, Siston, Sodbury, Tormarton, Tortworth, Westerleigh, Wick, Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne and Yate.

Take note that the South Gloucestershire Broadband 8 project is separate from the joint Gloucestershire and Herefordshire ( Fastershire 9 ) scheme that covers the remaining areas.

Leave a Comment 0 Responses References ^ South Gloucestershire Council (www.southglos.gov.uk) ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk) ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ Broadband Delivery UK (www.gov.uk) ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk) ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ FTTC (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ South Gloucestershire Broadband (www.southglos.gov.uk) ^ Fastershire (www.fastershire.com)