Facebook ‘Free Basics’ service frozen in Egypt

Are they all telling it to zuck off?

Facebook’s “Free Basics” service – which bundles together the Social NetworkTM‘s pick of news, weather and health apps and delivers it via UAE telecoms giant Etisalat to millions of Egyptians – has been shuttered in the land of pyramids.…

BBC News website takes New Year’s Eve off

Error 500

The BBC News website has evidently decided it’s had enough of 2015, and is this morning taking a New Year’s Eve break.…

Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they’re still rubbish

Inventor of the internet lagging behind developed world

Average internet speeds have increased in the US over the last year, but America is still falling behind many other developed economies when it comes to data speeds and latency.…

iiNet struggles through five-day outage to get thousands back online

If you can read this in Western Australia, congrats – your broadband has been fixed

Engineers at ISP iiNet are still battling to restore connectivity to subscribers left for days without internet access in Western Australia.…

India may have binned Facebook’s freebies on net neutrality grounds

Report says local regulators aren’t happy with Zuckerberg’s mission to civilise

Facebook’s “Free Basics” program, which sees its Indian telecoms partner Reliance Communications offer free internet access to a select group of sites, has reportedly earned the ire of India’s telecoms regulator.…

Cisco probes self for Juniper-style backdoors, silently mouths: ‘We’re doing this for yooou’

No holes in our code, we promise, but we’ll check anyway

In the wake of the Juniper router backdoor scandal, Cisco is reviewing its source code to make sure there are no similar nasty surprises lurking within.…

Comcast ‘rolls out’ ‘world’s first’ DOCSIS 3.1 modem, pumping 1Gbps over existing cable

(In one home. In Philadelphia.)

Everyone’s favorite ISP Comcast says it has switched on its first live gigabit internet service without having to lay a single inch of new cable.…

No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

High Court OKs Cornwall Council’s move to ditch outsourcing deal

The High Court has ruled in favour of Cornwall Council’s decision to ditch its 10-year £160m outsourcing deal with BT, following moves by the telco provider to stop the authority canning the deal.…

UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

Family filters will be on for all new broadband subscribers

UK internet service provider (ISP) Sky Broadband will turn on family filters by default for all new subscribers as of 2016.…