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UK broadband speeds on the rise

Broadband speeds in UK homes have continued to improve, with both download and upload speeds on the rise, according to the latest Ofcom research

Ofcom to gain new online safety powers as Government bill published today

The Government will today publish its draft Online Safety Bill, granting Ofcom new responsibilities to protect people when they are online.


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Ofcom to gain new online safety powers as Government bill to be published today

  • News article

12 May 2021

The Government will today publish its draft Online Safety Bill, granting Ofcom new responsibilities to protect people when they are online.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/new-online-safety-powers-government-bill-published

Why do some broadband providers charge for an email address?

  • News article

07 May 2021

Some broadband customers who switch provider need to pay if they want to continue using the email address their old provider gave them.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/why-broadband-providers-charge-for-email

Telecoms firms should go further on customer service

  • News article

07 May 2021

Telecoms firms need to go further in tackling customer service problems, despite the support they offered during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Ofcom has found.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/telecoms-firms-should-go-further-on-customer-service

Give us your view on British Sign Language on TV channels and on-demand services

  • News article

06 May 2021

We’re inviting people who use British Sign language (BSL) to tell us what they think about the use of BSL on TV and video-on-demand services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/your-view-bsl-on-tv-and-on-demand

Ofcom announces latest small-scale DAB multiplex awards

  • News article

05 May 2021

Ofcom has today awarded small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences for five more areas in England, Scotland and Wales.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/latest-small-scale-dab-multiplex-awards

Why does Ofcom keep an eye on weather in space?

  • News article

04 May 2021

There is a possibility that the Sun's changing activity might disrupt the wireless communications, electricity grids and GPS we all use every day.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/why-does-ofcom-keep-an-eye-on-weather-in-space

Ofcom named a Times Top 50 employer for women

  • News article

29 April 2021

We’re pleased to announce that Ofcom has again been recognised as a Times Top 50 employer for women.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/times-top-50-employer-for-women

Digital divide narrowed by the pandemic, but around 1.5m homes remain offline

  • News article

28 April 2021

The UK’s digital divide narrowed during the coronavirus pandemic, as people have gone online to escape the lockdown, Ofcom research suggests.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/digital-divide-narrowed-but-around-1.5m-homes-offline

Ofcom spectrum auction: final results announced

  • News article

27 April 2021

Ofcom has today announced the final results of the auction for spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands, following completion of the remaining stages.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/final-spectrum-auction-results

Malware alert: beware of fake delivery company text messages

  • Consumer advice
  • News article

23 April 2021

A text-message scam that infects Android mobile phones with malicious software (malware) is targeting people in the UK.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/flubot-scam-fake-delivery-company-text-messages

Coronavirus scam calls and texts

  • News article

16 April 2021

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

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/problems/tackling-nuisance-calls-and-messages/coronavirus-scam-calls-and-texts

Ofcom awards second wave of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

  • News article

31 March 2021

Ofcom has today awarded small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences for four more areas in England and Scotland.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/second-wave-ssdab-multiplex-licences

Do you take your phone to the loo? Ofcom’s ‘alternative census’ results revealed

  • News article

30 March 2021

Ofcom’s ‘alternative census’ results revealed

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcoms-alternative-census-results-revealed

Ofcom to build tech hub in Manchester ahead of online safety role

  • News article

26 March 2021

Ofcom today announced plans to open a major new digital and technology hub in Manchester, with the creation of up to 150 new jobs by 2025.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/tech-hub-in-manchester

Ofcom publishes plan of work for 2021/2022

  • News article

26 March 2021

Ofcom has today published its Plan of Work for 2021/22, outlining our priorities for the next twelve months.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/plan-of-work-for-20212022

Protecting prices for BT’s landline-only customers

  • News article

25 March 2021

BT’s landline-only customers will continue to have their prices protected for the next five years, after Ofcom accepted BT’s commitment to continue price caps on its line rental and call charges.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/protecting-prices-for-landline-only-customers

One in three video-sharing users find hate speech

  • News article

24 March 2021

A third of people who use online video-sharing services have come across hateful content in the past three months, according to new Ofcom research.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/one-in-three-video-sharing-users-find-hate-speech

Ofcom and the ICO publish plan for tackling nuisance calls

  • News article

23 March 2021

Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have today outlined a joint plan for tackling nuisance and scam calls for 2021/2022.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/tackling-nuisance-calls

Ramping up the rollout of full-fibre broadband

  • News article

18 March 2021

Millions of homes across the UK are set be upgraded to faster, more reliable broadband, under new regulations announced today by Ofcom that will help shape the UK’s full-fibre future.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/rollout-full-fibre-broadband

Ofcom spectrum auction: principal stage results

  • News article

17 March 2021

Ofcom has announced the outcome of the principal stage of its auction to release more airwaves to improve mobile services and support 5G.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/spectrum-auction-principal-stage-results