People of Britain: You know that you’re not locked into using the same ISP forever, right?

Better deals, crap service main reasons for switching, but only half surveyed have ever done it
Long-suffering customers of internet providers are most likely to leave if they find a better deal elsewhere, although crappy customer service is also a maj…

Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb

The tech has been around for years – why aren’t we using it?
A consortium of European organizations has launched ELIoT, an EU-funded project that hopes to develop commercial applications for visible light communications.…

There is now a literal waitlist for IPv4 addresses. And no jumping the line

RIPE approves new policy that shouldn’t really exist
If you want IPv4 addresses in Europe, there is now a literal waitlist to join.…

Giffgaff goody-baddy-bag billing faff: Ofcom fines operator £1.4m for overcharging folks by almost £3m

2.6 million customers hit… over period of nearly 8 years
UK comms watchdog Ofcom fined Brit MVNO Giffgaff £1.4m today for overcharging around 2.6 million users to the tune of around £2.8m.…

German data regulator ruminates on big 5G question, shrugs: We’ll find Huawei around it

Risks posed by Chinese bogeyman ‘manageable’
Germany’s data protection and security regulator is not too stressed about the supposed threat of using Huawei equipment in 5G networks.…

GitHub builds wall round private repos, makes devs in US-sanctioned countries pay for it

CEO finds it ‘painful’. Affected coders, more so
Microsoft-owned GitHub has slapped restrictions on users residing in certain countries as the company bows to restrictions resulting from US sanctions, according to a hand-wringing tweet from CEO Nat Fri…

Juniper Networks struggles with service providers as US-China trade war continues to suck

One thing is certain: it’s not China paying for the new round of tariffs
Networking giant Juniper has had another challenging quarter – this time it was service providers, not cloud vendors, causing Cisco’s nemesis grief.…

Not-so-paltry towers: Vodafone gears up to flog off massive masts business

Seeking to wipe a bit of red ink off balance sheet ahead of €19bn Liberty Global swallow
Vodafone is looking to flog off its towers in the next 18 months, the mobile operator revealed in first quarter results ended 30 June (PDF).…

Virgin Media promises speeds of 1Gpbs to 15 million homes – all without full fibre

But industry is sceptical hybrid network tech will cut it
Virgin Media has promised speeds of 1Gbps to 15 million homes by the end of 2021 – although that won’t be on full fibre.…