Digital News Round Up 5th January 2017

05 January 2017

Network infrastructure firm begins building massive new Northampton factory
A firm making internet products such as network cable has begun building a 43,000 sq ft new factory in Northampton's enterprise zone.
http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/network-infrastructure-firm-begins-building-massive-new-northampton-factory-1-7742876

The farmer who built her own broadband
"I'm just a farmer's wife," says Christine Conder, modestly. But for 2,300 members of the rural communities of Lancashire she is also a revolutionary internet pioneer
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37974267
https://qz.com/873002/a-british-farmer-built-a-broadband-network-for-40-parishes-with-a-tractor-and-2000-miles-of-fiberoptic-cable/

Ofcom reveals duct and pole sharing proposals for fibre broadband
Regulator has made a number of suggestions to make it easier for broadband providers to get access to BT Openreach's ducts and poles
http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450404180/Ofcom-reveals-duct-and-pole-sharing-proposals-for-fibre-broadband

Virgin Media 'planning budget broadband offering'
According to City A.M., precise details of the plan remain a closely guarded secret. However, the publication has reported that Virgin Media wants to expand the coverage of its cable network at some point in 2017.
https://www.uswitch.com/broadband/news/2016/12/virgin_media_planning_budget_broadband_offering_/

Public sector urged to join up for faster broadband
Hospitals and councils pressed to co-ordinate efforts to speed fibre-optic rollout
https://www.ft.com/content/9d9f2938-cdc4-11e6-864f-20dcb35cede2

Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings
Broadband is more essential than owning a mobile phone, running a car or having savings, according to a survey by consumer watchdog organisation Which?
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/08/broadband_more_important_than_phones_cars_and_tvs_say_punters/

5 questions every business needs to ask before signing a new broadband contract
We share the best advice from the experts at BT to help you cut through the jargon and work out what's best for your business
http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/5-questions-every-business-needs-9411375

10Gbps symmetrical cable broadband trials will begin next year
Symmetrical 10Gbps cable broadband trials will begin in the next year, according to CableLabs
http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2016/12/docsis-3-1-full-duplex-10gbps-symmetrical-cable-trials/


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