0 Have your say FUTURISTIC plans are in the works which will pave the way for hi-tech driverless cars to navigate the streets of Portsmouth, The News can reveal. Ambitious multi-million pound proposals are being mapped out by Portsmouth City Council for a major overhaul of the island’s road network.Transport bosses hope to create a new ‘smart city’ transport network across Portsmouth – one of the first of its kind in the UK.It would see a state-of-the-art web of sensors which would be able to beam information about traffic snarl-ups straight into the navigation systems of future cars, allowing them to re-route autonomously.The tech is being touted as a key forerunner opening the doors for future fleets of self-driving vehicles to navigate safely through the city.And as part of this proposal, the council is also bidding to become one of the first cities in the UK to secure a new ultra-fast internet link and 5G network.If successful, the bid would see … [Read more...] about Portsmouth’s bid for superfast broadband could make city a UK trailblazer for driverless cars
Broadband fibre deals
HIGH-speed broadband is heading to Goose Eye. The village is benefitting from a deal struck between BT Openreach and West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Keighley MP John Grogan welcomes the move. "Residents of Goose Eye have contacted me on a number of occasions about the lack of reliable and fast broadband," he said. "The village will benefit from a new multi-million pound contract between the combined authority and BT Openreach that has been signed to make superfast fibre broadband available to tens of thousands more households and businesses across West Yorkshire and parts of York. "Basically, some British Government and European Union money is being used to pump prime investment in broadband in areas which are not yet connected to the network. "Goose Eye has been included in the programme with a completion date, barring any technical difficulties, of spring this year." Keighley West district councillor Adrian Farley said the scheme would provide a massive boost for … [Read more...] about Goose Eye villagers to benefit from high-speed broadband
New homes in Hebburn are to get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. The houses and flats are among some 3,000 in new housing developments in Tyne and Wear to be part of a deal between Openreach and housing developers. Openreach, the business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network, is answering a call to build fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology capable of ultrafast speeds up to one Gigabit per second (1Gbps) for properties on sites in locations including Hebburn, Birtley, Hazelrigg, Killingworth and Throckley. The agreements are part of an Openreach initiative agreed with the Government and the Home Builders Federation to connect all new UK housing developments of 30 properties or more with ultrafast fibre broadband. As well as the 10 schemes in Tyne and Wear, Openreach has made FTTP technology available to more than 2,000 new developments nationwide, covering more than 250,000 premises. … [Read more...] about New homes in Hebburn set for superfast broadband
0 Have your say IF YOU think you’re with the cheapest broadband provider - or energy firm, for that matter - because you’ve checked the current prices on its website over a cup of tea, you might have been taken for a mug. The fact is that their headline rates for new accounts are very often not the ones you, as a loyal customer, have been paying.In fact, those of us who stay loyal to all the same providers year in, year out, are paying as much as £725 a year more than necessary.That’s according to the consumer group Which? It says many people, restrained by inertia and perhaps put off by the interminable rigmarole of having to phone a call centre, never bother to push for a better deal. However, in as many as nine cases out of ten, a spot of haggling will yield a much better price. Mobile phone providers are well known for capitulating in this way, but the principle applies equally to phone, broadband, energy, insurance and car breakdown cover.Which? says … [Read more...] about Has your broadband firm caught you in a loyalty trap?
As many as eight million BT customers saw their bills jump last Sunday as part of the firm's latest price hike. Long standing broadband and BT Sports customers saw their bills leap on 7 January, with those on unlimited internet now paying £43 a month for the exact same service. The price change marked BT's fourth major increase in almost three years, after broadband and landline jumped last April . As a result, BT customers on basic broadband will now have to cough up an extra £2 a month - while those on Faster Infinity will have to pay an extra £2.50. Calls also took a hit. The 1571 answer phone service went up by 50p to £3 a month, or £36 a year. But for the most vulnerable customers, prices remain frozen , including those on its most basic package. The price hikes were announced back in November, just a month after BT announced plans to upgrade broadband speeds for 'millions of customers' at no extra cost. The network said more than a million fibre … [Read more...] about BT hikes prices again – best phone and broadband deals you can switch to instead