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Coronavirus: ‘Avoid Using Microwave To Get Faster Internet’

People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as their wi-fi, media regulator Ofcom has said, as part of advice to help improve internet speeds.  It comes as...

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Openreach Halts Home-Visit Broadband Connections

BT’s Openreach says it will no longer install new broadband connections when a home visit is involved.  The division, which runs the broadband network for a range of internet service...

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Manchester City Council To Delay Business Rates To Support Struggling Businesses

Business Rates will not be taken on April 1, to help support businesses affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19), said Manchester City Council this afternoon (March 19).  Cllr Carl Ollerhead, Manchester City...

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Coronavirus: Chancellor Unveils £350bn Lifeline For Economy

The government has unveiled a package of financial measures to shore up the economy against the coronavirus impact.  It includes £330bn in loans, £20bn in other aid, a business rates...

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UK Mobile Networks Face Problems

The UK’s mobile networks are experiencing problems with their services.  EE told the BBC it is something “that is affecting all operators and we are working closely to fix it”. ...

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Budget 2020: Business Rates Suspended For Shops and Cafes

Tens of thousands of England’s retail, leisure and hospitality firms will not pay any business rates in the coming year, the chancellor has announced.  Companies with a rateable value of...

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Oil prices are down more than 20%.

The UK’s leading share index is facing its worst day since the 2008 financial crisis after billions were wiped off the value of top shares.  The dramatic drop follows global...

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Two-Thirds of UK Homes ‘Fail on Energy Efficiency Targets’

Nearly two thirds of UK homes fail to meet long-term energy efficiency targets, according to data analysed by the BBC.  More than 12 million homes fall below the C grade...

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Email Address Charges Branded ‘Daylight Robbery’

Ofcom is writing to broadband companies to ask why some people are having to pay to keep old email addresses.  TalkTalk charges £5 a month and BT charges £7.50 a...

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“Help Us or You’ll Kill The High Street’

For one national chain of jewellers, the government’s business rates system is having a devastating effect on retail outside big cities and shopping malls.  Andrew Hinds, a director at family-run...

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