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O little (Welsh) town of Bethlehem


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.

Ofcom proposes broadband universal service providers


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


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O little (Welsh) town of Bethlehem

  • News article

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

  • News article

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

Tech shoppers ditch desktop PCs and DVD players

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21 November 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

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

Making it easier to launch new wireless services and 5G technology

  • News article

08 November 2018

Ofcom has made more airwaves available, and introduced new rules, to make it easier for mobile phone companies and wireless broadband providers to launch new technology, including 5G services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/wireless-services-5g-technology

Latest telecoms and pay-TV complaints revealed

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08 November 2018

Ofcom has today published the latest league tables on the complaints it receives about the UK’s major providers of telecoms and pay-TV services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/telecoms-pay-tv-complaints-q2-2018

Sophie Morgan appointed to Ofcom Content Board

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26 October 2018

Sophie Morgan has been appointed to Ofcom’s Content Board on a three-year term.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/sophie-morgan-appointed-content-board

Ofcom reports on performance of the BBC

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25 October 2018

The BBC is generally delivering for audiences, but must go further in areas such as transparency, taking creative risks and attracting young people, Ofcom’s annual report on the corporation has found.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-reports-performance-bbc

How blockchain technology could help to manage UK telephone numbers

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09 October 2018

Ofcom has received £700k from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to explore how blockchain technology could improve how UK landline telephone numbers are managed.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/blockchain-technology-uk-telephone-numbers

New rules to combat high call costs and scams

  • News article

04 October 2018

Phone users will be protected from high charges for calling ‘070’ numbers – which are often mistaken for mobiles, but cost much more to call.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/070-rules-combat-call-scams

New Ofcom rules to better protect consumers

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01 October 2018

Consumers will be better protected against nuisance calls, and vulnerable customers will be treated more fairly, thanks to strengthened rules that come into force today.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/new-rules-protect-consumers

Podcast listening booms in the UK

  • News article

30 September 2018

Podcasts are booming in the UK, with nearly six million people now tuning in each week.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/uk-podcast-listening-booms

TV broadcasters must maintain momentum on diversity

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27 September 2018

UK television broadcasters are collecting more information on the make-up of their workforces than ever before, helping to better understand and address under-representation across the TV industry, Ofcom has found.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/tv-broadcasters-must-maintain-momentum-on-diversity

Clear and fair handset charges for mobile users

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26 September 2018

Ofcom has today set out proposals to ensure fairer, more transparent prices for mobile customers who pay for handsets and airtime within the same contract.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/clear-fair-mobile-handset-charges

Eight in ten internet users have concerns about going online

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18 September 2018

Around eight in ten adult internet users (79%) have concerns about aspects of going online, while almost half (45%) have experienced some form of online harm – according to research carried out by Ofcom with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/eight-in-ten-have-online-concerns

Ofcom accredits Mobile Phones price comparison service

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06 September 2018

Ofcom has accredited the Mobile Phones price comparison service, which offers information to help consumers choose the best handsets and tariffs for their needs.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-accredits-mobile-phones