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Free Wi-Fi for rail commuters

Rail passengers will benefit from free Wi-Fi on trains across England and Wales from 2017, Rail Minister Claire Perry announced today.

Train operators are being asked to set how they will meet the commitment to provide this important service for passengers. All train operators bidding for new franchises and direct award agreements will have to include this specification in their bid.

Where there is no new franchise agreement due in the next two years, almost £50 million of funding will be released from the Department for Transport to ensure Wi-Fi is available on selected services from 2017, including services operated by Great Northern.


Man jailed for screening football matches online

Kevin Broughton Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A man has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of screening live Premiership football matches over the internet.

Kevin Broughton pleaded guilty to offences of fraud at a hearing in September.

The 30-year-old from Sheffield, developed and ran a subscription site from his home. He charged an estimated 10,000 people £29.99 a season to watch games from the English top flight.

Some of the money he made was deposited in overseas bank accounts.

East Midlands Regional Asset Recovery Team (EMRART) found evidence that subscriptions to the site had yielded more than £500,000 over two years.

He was found to have provided false details to Sky TV to take multiple subscriptions and relay matches, breaching the broadcaster's exclusive rights.

Rachel Haywood from EMRART said:

"The cyber world has become a tempting and potentially lucrative option for criminals and we will continue to work with our partnership agencies to investigate these crimes, bring offenders to justice and recover the criminal proceeds."

Video: Hundreds without phones or internet could be waiting 'several more days'

Hundreds of residents in Lincolnshire, who've been without phone or internet access for a week, have been told it could be several more days before they're switched back on.

BT, who are replacing stolen underground cabling in the village of Eagle, say around 200 properties have reported faults since last Tuesday. Businesses say the situation has been a nightmare - leaving them without email, and unable to contact customers.

Age UK search for Internet Champion

Age UK is searching for an internet champion over the age of 55. The Internet Champion 2013 will be someone over 55 whose life has been changed for the better by learning to use the internet.

The charity is hoping they will inspire the 713,000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber who have never been online.

  • 31% of older people say they do not use the internet because they feel they have "no need for it"
  • 24% of older people say they are "too old to use the internet"

We know first-hand that the internet can have a massively positive effect on the lives of older people. Despite five million people aged 65+ across the country having used the internet, we know that there as many still to be convinced about the benefits of the Web. Therefore we’re looking for someone aged 55+ to be our Internet Champion who can demonstrate to their peers all that the internet can offer.”

– David Mortimer, Head of Digital Inclusion at Age UK

Find out more here.