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Why children spend time online

Children are now spending an average of just over two hours a day online, and a new study by Ofcom highlights the reasons young people are drawn to video services such as Netflix and YouTube.


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Tell us about your experience of Ofcom.org.uk

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13 February 2019

We want to know about your experience of using our website. Your feedback will help us to make it better.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/tell-us-about-your-experience-of-ofcom.org.uk

Celebrating World Radio Day 2019

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13 February 2019

Today is World Radio Day, which celebrates the power of radio and aims to bring together broadcasters from around the world to share knowledge and reach out to new audiences.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/world-radio-day

How wireless technology is helping to drive innovation in business

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07 February 2019

Ofcom has published a report, outlining how wireless technology can help businesses to develop new, innovative services and make existing processes more efficient.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/how-wireless-technology-is-helping-to-drive-innovation-in-business

Safer Internet Day 2019

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05 February 2019

Ofcom has put together an informative and fun worksheet to help parents and teachers talk to children about staying safe online.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/safer-internet-day

Why children spend time online

  • News article

04 February 2019

Children are now spending an average of just over two hours a day online, and a new study by Ofcom highlights the reasons young people are drawn to video services such as Netflix and YouTube.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/why-children-spend-time-online

Search for distress signal is 'plane sailing' for Ofcom engineer

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17 January 2019

On Friday 11 January, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) called the Ofcom office in Baldock, Hertfordshire. Spectrum Engineering Officer Andy Hayes traced the source of the signal and found the crashed plane.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/search-for-distress-signal-is-plane-sailing-for-Ofcom-engineer

Ofcom research highlights differing experiences of communications services

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14 January 2019

There are distinct differences in how certain groups of people use and experience communications services, revealed in Ofcom’s latest Access and Inclusion research report published today.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-research-highlights-differing-experiences-of-communications-services

Advice for consumers: scam calls pretending to be from Ofcom

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11 January 2019

Ofcom has received reports from people who say they have received phone calls or messages claiming to be from us. These are scam calls and they don’t come from Ofcom.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/advice-for-consumers-scam-calls-pretending-to-be-from-ofcom

The most complained about TV programmes of 2018

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02 January 2019

Celebrity Big Brother was the television programme that Ofcom received the most complaints about in 2018.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/the-most-complained-about-tv-programmes-of-2018

Making video-on-demand services more accessible

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20 December 2018

Ofcom has today made recommendations to Government on how new rules could help to make video-on-demand services more accessible for people with hearing or sight impairments.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/making-video-on-demand-programme-services-more-accessible

Tech shoppers ditch desktop PCs and DVD players

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19 December 2018

Brits are ditching DVD players and desktop PCs and are increasingly turning to newer technology such as smart TVs and smart watches, Ofcom research has found.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/tech-shoppers-ditch-desktop-pcs-and-dvd-players

Getting rural areas connected

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18 December 2018

Mobile and broadband coverage are improving in the UK, but too many rural areas still get a poor signal, according to Ofcom research.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/getting-rural-areas-connected

Ofcom launches campaign to help Boost Your Broadband

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14 December 2018

Ofcom has today launched a campaign to help people get better broadband deals, alongside other work aimed at protecting loyal customers.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-launches-campaign-to-help-boost-your-broadband

O little (Welsh) town of Bethlehem

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12 December 2018

They may not be the conventional ‘wise men’, but a group of Welsh bikers made the pilgrimage to rural Bethlehem in West Wales last weekend, following a Christmas tradition that has made the Carmarthenshire village famous.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/o-little-welsh-town-of-bethlehem

Ofcom accredits Broadband Compared price comparison service

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06 December 2018

Ofcom has accredited the Broadband Compared price comparison service, which provides information to help consumers find the right broadband deal for them.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-accredits-broadband-compared-price-comparison-service

Ofcom proposes broadband universal service providers

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05 December 2018

Ofcom has today proposed that BT and KCOM should be the providers of the UK’s broadband universal service.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-proposes-broadband-universal-service-providers

Ofcom sets out work programme for 2019/20

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03 December 2018

Ofcom has today set out its planned programme of work for the next financial year.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-sets-out-work-programme-for-201920

We fight for your right to port a number

  • News article

30 November 2018

People and businesses have the right, by law, to keep their telephone numbers regardless of who they choose as their phone company. Ofcom’s rules mean all telecoms providers must let their customers take their telephone number with them when they switch providers. This process is known as ‘number porting’.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/we-fight-for-your-right-to-port-a-number

New price cap on 118 numbers

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28 November 2018

People who call directory enquiry services will be protected from high prices thanks to a price cap on 118 phone numbers, announced today by Ofcom.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/new-price-cap-on-118-numbers

EE and Virgin Media fined for overcharging customers

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16 November 2018

Ofcom has today fined EE and Virgin Media a combined total of £13.3m for overcharging phone and broadband customers who wanted to leave their contracts early.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ee-and-virgin-media-fined-for-overcharging-customers