PUBLISHED: 13:15 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 25 June 2018 Conor Matchett St Aubyn's Road, in Lowestoft, which has been affected by the outages. Picture: Google Archant A shop owner has slammed telecoms companies after being left without broadband and a working phone line for almost a month despite promises the problem would be fixed within a couple of days. Andrew Shepherd, of St Aubyn’s Road in Lowestoft, said his street along with St Peter’s Road, Carlton Road, Lorne Road, and Richmond Place had all been left without any service, with more believed to be affected. Mr Shepherd, who runs Parrs in London Road South, said his home phone line had initially stopped working on Wednesday, May 30, before engineers said the problem would be fixed within two days on Thursday, May 31. On Monday, July 4, the repair work was pushed further back with Mr Shepherd told it would not be solved until the end of the week, before it was once again delayed at the end of that week to … [Read more...] about Broadband and phone line outage described as “intolerable” by business owner
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WE'VE all seen the spray-painted squiggles, scrawled numbers and mysterious symbols which keep cropping up on the pavement, but do you have any idea who's behind this cryptic roadside language? The mysterious kerb code has left many people confused, with some thinking the daubing is the work of burglars marking out potential targets - while American comedian Sarah Silverman wondered whether the symbols she kept seeing on the pavement were crudely drawn swastikas. However, the truth is you don't need to worry - the markings are painted by workers tasked with fitting and maintaining the vast network of pipes and wires which run beneath us - including water mains, broadband cables, power lines and sewage routes. Richard Hayes, Chief Executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers, tells Sun Online: "The markings usually refer to the position of cables and pipes below the surface and often marked out in advance of proposed works. "They can indicate depth, owner and … [Read more...] about Burglars’ code, broadband fittings or just a scrawled note from the gas man? What those mysterious spray-painted markings on your pavement REALLY mean
RICHMONDThe three largest cities in Hampton Roads are opposing a bill in the legislature that their leaders say would limit municipal control of their broadband infrastructure and maybe hamper their ability to bring faster internet speeds and lower prices to residents.Virginia Beach and Chesapeake passed a resolution this week coming out against HB2108, known as the Virginia Broadband Deployment Act. Norfolk is scheduled to vote on a resolution rebuking it Tuesday.The bill, introduced by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell, has met significant criticism – which she argues is misguided.The bill’s goal, she says, is to prioritize broadband delivery to unserved areas of the state – mainly rural areas – before municipalities try to create their own internet services that duplicate systems in areas already served by high-speed internet, defined in the bill as 10 megabits per second.Nearly all of Hampton Roads meets that speed, which is more than enough to browse the web and … [Read more...] about Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake concerned about broadband internet bill in the General Assembly
WASHINGTON — Already facing a one-game deficit in their second-round series, the challenge for the Washington Capitals could be made even more difficult as they look to mount a comeback against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Saturday, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin participated fully in practice wearing the usual yellow jersey, as opposed to a non-contact jersey typically designated for injured players. Malkin missed the Penguins’ 3-2 series-opening win on Thursday with a lower-body injury, but Pittsburgh’s leading scorer during the regular season could return to their lineup for Game 2 Sunday (3:00 p.m.; WFED 1500AM). “I’m fine today, I feel so much better,” Malkin told reporters after the Penguins practiced at Capital One Arena. “We’ll see [how] I feel tonight and overnight, I can’t say right now [if I’ll play], but it feels better.” Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that Malkin’s availability will be a … [Read more...] about Could Capitals deploy Backstrom’s line vs. Crosby’s line in Game 2?
A program is now in place to bring fast internet to hard-to-reach rural communities in Georgia. Now, lawmakers just have to fight about the money. Both chambers passed state Sen. Steve Gooch's Achieving Connectivity Everywhere Act last week, creating a grant program to fund broadband expansion. But the bill, which will go to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk, does not guarantee funding. Instead, it creates a source for added revenue — with a stated desire that lawmakers invest the money into rural counties. The bill allows private companies to build fiber optic lines along Georgia's 1,247 miles of interstate. The Georgia Department of Transportation will award contracts for this work. The winning companies, in turn, will make money leasing fiber access to internet providers. The company will keep a cut of the revenue from the lease. The rest of the money will go to the Department of Transportation and the state's general fund. How, exactly, will this money get shared between all these … [Read more...] about Broadband funding in the works for rural communities in Georgia