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Outfox The Market Ordered To Pay £600k In Feed-in Tariffs

Posted on 12th February, 2020

The energy supplier could end up having its licence revoked if it fails to comply.   Ofgem has issued Outfox the Market with a provisional order, compelling the energy supplier to pay more than £600,000 for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme by tomorrow.  The FiT scheme was designed to promote...

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Energy Bills Set To Fall For Millions Of Households

Posted on 7th February, 2020

Energy bills are to fall for millions of British households this April after the regulator lowered price caps.  Ofgem has reduced the default price cap and pre-payment meter cap by £17, which the regulator said would lower bills for about 15 million households.  The cap was introduced to protect customers...

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Water and Sewerage Bills Set To Fall By About £17 A Year

Posted on 6th February, 2020

The average household’s water and sewerage bill will drop by about £17 a year in England and Wales.  Water UK, the industry trade body, said the average annual bill would fall by 4% to £396.60 from 1 April.  Its chief executive, Christine McGourty, said the water industry was “committed to...

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Half of UK 10-Year-Olds Own A Smartphone

Posted on 4th February, 2020

Fifty per cent of the UK’s 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom.  The amount of young phone owners doubled between the ages of nine and 10, which Ofcom dubbed “the age of digital independence”.  In addition, 24% of 3 and 4-year-olds had...

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Ofcom Proposes New Rules To Help Boost WIFI

Posted on 30th January, 2020

People and businesses could benefit from more reliable wifi, thanks to proposals set out by Ofcom.  Ofcom manages the UK’s airwaves – or spectrum – a finite resource that is essential for wireless services including wifi. Wifi is increasingly used for the everyday activities that people and businesses depend on...

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Mobile Roaming: What Will Happen To Charges After Brexit?

Posted on 29th January, 2020

In June 2017, the European Union scrapped additional charges for roaming on mobile phones when you travel to another EU country.  Roaming is when you use your mobile phone abroad.  Since 2017, UK consumers have, within reason, been able to use the minutes, texts and data included on their mobile...

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Openreach Announces Another 250,000 Rural Premises That Will Get Full Fibre

Posted on 27th January, 2020

More full fibre is always good and with Openreach racing towards its four million premises passed footprint deadline of March 2021 the news today that 250,000 of these premises will be in various rural areas of the UK is welcome. The 227 areas are on top of the 13 areas...

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Call to crack down on energy broker rip-offs which could cause small businesses to go bust

Posted on 17th January, 2020

The unregulated world of energy brokers is leaving small business owners open to scams.  Broker complaints made up 382 – or roughly 10 per cent – of the issues reported to the Energy Ombudsman from small firms in the past year. Almost half were upheld.  Now charity Citizens Advice has...

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Latest UK Broadband and Mobile Coverage Revealed

Posted on 13th January, 2020

More people in the UK can get faster broadband and a good mobile signal than last year, but some rural areas are still behind towns and cities for coverage, according to new research from Ofcom. Ofcom’s Connected Nations report looks at the availability of broadband and mobile services across the...

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ISDN/PSTN Switch Off

Posted on 17th April, 2019

BT Openreach have announced that all their ISDN/PSTN telephone lines will be switched off in 2025.  We are continually receiving a large number of sales calls coming through to both us and our clients from telephone providers (including a lot of calls from BT directly) advising of this change.  Some...

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