News / UK and world by Press Association July 31, 2018, 10:39 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Broadband, TV and phone providers must tell customers when they are near the end of their minimum contract period under proposed rules to encourage shopping around for the best deals. Ofcom said more than 20 million customers were outside their minimum contract period and could be paying more than they needed to, and more than 10 million were on deals with an automatic price increase at the end. Under the proposal, providers must notify customers who are coming to the end of their contract about any changes to their price or services and about their options, including that they could save money. Providers would also have to send a one-off “out-of-contract” notification to customers whose initial contract has ended and who were not given this information at the time. Ofcom said the alerts could be by text message, email … [Read more...] about Communications providers must alert users ahead of contract end under proposals
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News / UK and world by Press Association July 23, 2018, 10:18 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter All homes across the UK should have access to full-fibre broadband coverage by the year 2033, according to the Government’s digital strategy. Proposals set out by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport recommend legislation to guarantee new homes are fitted with full-fibre broadband. Full-fibre connections – which are faster, more reliable and cheaper to run compared with traditional copper-based networks – only stand at 4% in the UK, lagging behind other European countries, including Spain at 71% and Portugal at 89%. The Government aims to give the majority of the UK access to 5G and to connect 15 million premises to full-fibre broadband by 2025. It also said an increase in spectrum should help boost innovative 5G services. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “We want everyone in the … [Read more...] about Government pledges full-fibre broadband across the UK by 2033
THE average Brit loses their rag after 10 minutes of sitting in traffic, 11 minutes of dealing with annoying work colleagues and 12 minutes waiting for a delayed train – however it only takes SEVEN minutes with no phone signal or eight minutes without wifi to make us blow our top. A new study of 2,000 Brits has revealed a “rage-ometer” of the UK, showing the average time it takes us to reach boiling point in a range of stressful situations. Watching the “spinning wheel of death” on a computer will lead to fury in 6 minutes, failing to get good phone coverage makes us hit the roof in 7 minutes, while waiting for a file to download will lead to rage if it hasn’t completed in 8 minutes. Over 68 percent of the respondents polled admit they have a problem, saying they suffer from “load rage” - getting angry when their technology fails to work properly. But tech is not the only thing which makes our blood boil on a daily basis. We can only … [Read more...] about It takes Brits just SEVEN minutes to lose their rag with no phone signal — here’s how long it takes everyday mishaps to make us angry
PUBLISHED: 15:22 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:37 30 April 2018 Jo Malone If you’re wondering what a remortgage means and whether to do it now to beat the expected summer rate rises - join the crowd. We ask an expert to guide us through the lingo. A successful remortgage can be more straightforward to organise than many people may imagine. Picture Getty Images Switching mortgage providers is just like switching a service provider such as your broadband or electricity, says Ian Goody, independent adviser for Norwich-based Premier Financial Group. With an explanation that simple, we ask more remortgage questions. What is a remortgage? Remortgaging can be a useful way of raising money for home improvements. Picture Getty Images A remortgage allows you to switch lenders in search of a better mortgage deal. Do I only remortgage when I move house? No, when you move house that loan is a mortgage. A remortgage is when you stay in the same house but switch lenders. Raising money … [Read more...] about Should I remortgage now and how easy is it?
0 Have your say A FAIR deal for rural communities is not, on the face of it, a controversial ask, but for more than 15 years governments of different colours have failed to deliver a mechanism to make it happen. The problem is simple: all sorts of policies that might seem sensible from an urban perspective can have a very different impact on rural communities – and also coastal towns. From public transport to broadband, from postal services to petrol prices, decisions Ministers make across government departments can have a radically different effect on rural areas than on urban ones. The reality is that a high proportion of the UK’s population lives in towns and cities and that proportion is only growing. The needs of rural communities are, therefore, not the first priority of many politicians.Tony Blair’s government became sensitive to this when a broad coalition of rural interests became concerned about the Labour Party’s obsession with hunting, … [Read more...] about Tim Bommer: Rural and coastal communities in Yorkshire need a voice with power