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Emerging technologies shaping the future of communications

Ofcom has today published a report that takes a look at some of the emerging technologies that could shape the way we live, communicate and entertain ourselves in the future.

Support to keep children connected for home learning during lockdown

With millions of children across the UK now learning from home, Ofcom has published a guide to the support available to make sure families can get online and children can continue their education.


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Advice for consumers: coronavirus scam calls and texts

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26 January 2021

We have received reports of scam calls and texts relating to the coronavirus, or Covid-19.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/coronavirus-scam-calls-and-texts

Emerging technologies shaping the future of communications

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14 January 2021

Ofcom has today published a report that takes a look at some of the emerging technologies that could shape the way we live, communicate and entertain ourselves in the future.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/emerging-technologies-shaping-future-of-communications

Support to keep children connected for home learning during lockdown

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06 January 2021

With millions of children across the UK now learning from home, Ofcom has published a guide to the support available to make sure families can get online and children can continue their education.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/children-connected-home-learning-lockdown

Ofcom helps to spread a little Christmas cheer

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22 December 2020

At a time when we all need a bit of festive fun, Ofcom has been helping to bring about a new spin on traditional entertainment to keep the country smiling through a Christmas season like no other.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-helps-to-spread-a-little-christmas-cheer

New protections for people taking part in TV and radio shows

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18 December 2020

People taking part in TV and radio programmes must be properly looked after by broadcasters, under new rules introduced by Ofcom.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/new-protections-for-people-taking-part-in-tv-and-radio-shows

4.7 million UK homes have struggled to afford their telecoms bills this year

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18 December 2020

New Ofcom research reveals the challenges and tough choices many telecoms customers are facing this year, with more action needed from providers to support customers in financial difficulty.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/4.7-million-uk-homes-have-struggled-to-afford-their-telecoms-bills-this-year

Gigabit broadband reaches one in four homes

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17 December 2020

Eight million UK homes can now access gigabit-speed broadband – fast, reliable connections that are fit for the future.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/gigabit-broadband-reaches-one-in-four-homes

Ofcom to regulate harmful content online

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15 December 2020

The Government has decided to appoint Ofcom as the regulator for online harms in the UK.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-to-regulate-harmful-content-online

Maggie Carver appointed Ofcom interim Chair from January

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15 December 2020

The Government has appointed Maggie Carver as Ofcom’s interim Chair from 1 January 2021, following the departure of our current Chairman Lord Burns at the end of this year.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/maggie-carver-appointed-ofcom-interim-chair

Broadband customers can now get personalised speed estimates

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14 December 2020

People shopping around for a better broadband deal will get personalised speed estimates from providers before they take out a new contract, under strengthened Ofcom protections that are now in place.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/personalised-speed-estimates

Ofcom proposes plan of work for 2021/22

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11 December 2020

Ofcom has today published its proposed 2021/22 Plan of Work, outlining our priorities for the next financial year.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/plan-of-work-202122

BT fined for breaking Ofcom rules in Northern Ireland tender

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11 December 2020

Ofcom has today fined BT £6.3m after its network division failed to give a rival company the same information as BT’s own bid team during the tender for a public sector telecoms contract in Northern Ireland in 2017/18.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/bt-fined-for-breaking-rules-in-northern-ireland-tender

Traditional UK broadcasting at risk without radical shakeup, Ofcom warns

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08 December 2020

Traditional UK broadcasting designed to serve the public is unlikely to survive in the online world, unless broadcasting laws and regulation are overhauled, and broadcasters speed up transformation for the digital age.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/traditional-uk-broadcasting-at-risk

New Ofcom proposals to spur wireless innovation in the UK

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04 December 2020

Ofcom is proposing to make it easier for companies and individuals to innovate and launch new wireless services, by changing how they’re allowed to access the radio spectrum.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/new-proposals-to-spur-uk-wireless-innovation

Delivering postal users’ needs in a digital age

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26 November 2020

Ofcom is calling on Royal Mail to modernise its network and become more efficient, so it can sustain the universal service and keep up with the changing needs of postal users.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/delivering-postal-users-needs-in-a-digital-age

Broadcasters must look beyond London and reach the whole UK

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25 November 2020

Ofcom is calling on the whole TV and radio industry to broaden the geographic and social make-up of its workforce.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/broadcasters-must-look-beyond-london

Ofcom appoints six new Content Board members

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24 November 2020

Ofcom has appointed six new members to its Content Board.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/six-new-content-board-members

Further support for phone and broadband customers during the pandemic

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19 November 2020

If you’re struggling to pay your phone or broadband bill during the pandemic, you should speak to your provider as soon as possible to see how they can help.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/support-for-customers-during-pandemic

Small Screen: Big Debate – competition winners announced

  • News article

06 November 2020

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the Ofcom and Financial Times Small Screen: Big Debate competition.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ssbd-competition-winners

Mobile firms to be banned from selling ‘locked’ handsets

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27 October 2020

Mobile phone companies will be banned from selling ‘locked’ handsets, under a range of new rules from Ofcom that will make switching even simpler.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/mobile-firms-banned-from-selling-locked-handsets