FCC rejects Starlink’s bid for RDOF cash

The FCC has rejected Starlink’s bid for a share of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

“After careful legal, technical, and policy review, we are rejecting these applications.  Consumers deserve reliable and affordable high-speed broadband,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel.

“We must put scarce universal service dollars to their best possible use as we move into a digital future that demands ever more powerful and faster networks.  We cannot afford to...

CMA launches probe into Viasat-Inmarsat merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a probe into the merger of Viasat and Inmarsat.

Viasat first announced its intention to acquire Inmarsat for $7.3 billion in November 2021. To no surprise, the proposal attracted plenty of attention.

The combined entities would operate a fleet of 19 satellites that are currently in service. An additional 10 spacecraft are under construction and planned for launch within the next three years.

The...

Martin Lewis wants roaming charges to be regulated

MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis wants roaming charges to be regulated amid rocketing living costs.

UK RPI inflation has reached 11.7 percent, the highest in the G7, and is set to increase further later in the year. People up and down the country are increasingly struggling to make ends meet and the UK Government is widely seen as ignoring the crisis.

Energy bills are the biggest contributor to soaring inflation and it’s where Lewis has rightly focused the majority...

BT staff begin strike action over below-inflation pay rises

BT staff have begun strike action across the country in a row over below-inflation pay rises.

UK RPI inflation has reached 11.7 percent and is set to increase further later in the year. Many employers have offered pay rises to help ensure their staff aren’t left substantially worse off at the end of each month.

BT, for its part, offered its staff a £1,500 pay increase to help with the cost of living crisis. However, it’s been called a “weak, insulting” pay deal...

RootMetrics names EE the best UK network for ninth year

Mobile network performance measurement firm RootMetrics has named EE the UK’s leader for the ninth year running.

Overall, EE came out on top for all UK-wide RootScore categories ('Reliability', 'Accessibility', 'Speed', 'Data', 'Call', and 'Text').

Marc Allera, CEO of the consumer division at EE-owner BT, said:

“We are proud to be named the UK's best network for the ninth year running. Reliability is of huge importance to our customers, and we pride...

Eutelsat confirms OneWeb merge plan

French satellite firm Eutelsat has confirmed plans to merge with British low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite innovator OneWeb.

Eutelsat operates 36 geostationary (GEO) satellites, of which the first launched in 2000. The high altitudes of GEO satellites cover large geographic areas but have slow speeds and high latency.

LEO satellites – like those operated by OneWeb, SpaceX, and Telesat – require larger constellations to provide adequate coverage but support more...

Virgin Media O2 increases data-free services list to help with the cost-of-living crisis

Virgin Media O2 has boosted its list of services that customers can access for free as part of its efforts to support people during the cost-of-living crisis.

Virgin Media O2 customers will now be able to access the National Debtline, Business Debtline, Turn2us, Debt Advice Foundation, and National Energy Action without using any of their mobile data.

National Energy Action Chief Executive Adam Scorer says: “The energy crisis is already making life difficult for...

Over 40,000 BT staff to strike at the end of July

A telecoms union has confirmed that over 40,000 BT staff will go on strike at the end of July due to below-inflation pay rises.

Earlier this month, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) warned that it would move forward with plans to strike over a “weak, insulting” pay deal unless BT put a better offer on the table.

BT offered a £1,500 pay increase for employees. With RPI inflation levels hitting 11.7 percent, it’s been labelled a “dramatic real-terms pay cut”...

Viasat will provide in-flight connectivity for Virgin Atlantic

Global satellite communications firm Viasat has been selected by Virgin Atlantic to provide in-flight connectivity for its new aircraft.

Three of Virgin Atlantic’s newest planes, the A330neo (Airbus A330-900), are due to be delivered in September. The company ordered 14 of the aircraft to replace its A330-300s.

With a 64-metre wingspan, Virgin Atlantic says its newest aircraft will be “one of the most efficient aircraft in the sky and able to fly further and...

UK MNO customers will enjoy 4G/5G across the London Tube

Customers of all four UK mobile network operators (MNOs) will enjoy 4G/5G connectivity across the London Tube.

Shashi Verma, CTO at Transport for London (TfL), said:

“Mobile connectivity across the stations and tunnels across the Tube network will help our customers stay connected more easily as well as work, shop and stay in touch on the move. 

I’m delighted that all four major mobile operators are set to provide high-speed, uninterrupted 4G coverage on the...