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Current alternatives won’t light up Britain’s broadband blackspots

Current alternatives won’t light up Britain’s broadband blackspots

Satellites, microwaves, radio towers – how many more options must be tried before the government just shells out for fibre to the home? Reposted from The Conversation.   Despite the British government’s boasts of the steady roll-out of superfast broadband to more than four out of five homes and businesses, you needn’t be a statistician to […]

Iris scanners can now identify us from 40 feet away

Public anxiety and legal protections currently pose a major challenge to anyone wanting to introduce eye-scanning security technologies. Reposted from The Conversation.   Biometric technologies are on the rise. By electronically recording data about individual’s physical attributes such as fingerprints or iris patterns, security and law enforcement services can quickly identify people with a high […]

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A promised ‘right’ to fast internet rings hollow for millions stuck with 20th-century speeds

Tell those living in the countryside about the government’s promised “right to fast internet” and they’ll show you 10 years of similar, unmet promises. Reposted from The Conversation.    In response to the government’s recent declarations that internet speeds of 100Mb/s should be available to “nearly all homes” in the UK, a great many might suggest that […]

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Outside the cities and towns, rural Britain’s internet is firmly stuck in the 20th century

The quality of rural internet access in the UK, or lack of it, has long been a bone of contention. Reposted from The Conversation.   The quality of rural internet access in the UK, or lack of it, has long been a bone of contention. The government says “fast, reliable broadband” is essential, but the disparity […]

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