The Government plans to award two subsidised contracts for the rollout of high-speed broadband across rural Ireland later this year. The scheme is likely to cost up to €1.5 billion, with the State expected to stump up half the money. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Telecoms firm Enet has signalled its intention to bid for the Government’s rural broadband scheme. The tender will be awarded later this year. The co(...)

Economist Colm McCarthy takes issue with the proposed “gap funding model”, which is likely to mean the State subsidises the cost of a high-speed broadband network for rural Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s National Broadband Plan has the potential to erode competition in the sector resulting in higher prices and poorer services for consu(...)

More than two-thirds of teenagers in a survey were unable to distinguish between search engine results and the sponsored links or ads featured above them as returned by Google

While the majority (72 per cent) of young teenagers (those aged 12-15) are wary of online interactions, believing most people behave differently onlin(...)

People walk past a shopfront on in London advertising Black Friday discounts last year. Originating in the US, Black Friday is becoming an increasingly popular shopping day in the UK. (Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Tempers are getting increasingly frayed in the costly battle to deliver fast, reliable broadband to British households. Tensions have been simmering f(...)

Prof Paul McKevitt and Prof Paul Moore from Ulster University’s School of Creative Arts & Technologies.

When new software solutions emerge from third-level institutions it is usually presumed that the source will be the computer science or engineering de(...)

Virgin was the UK’s first so-called “quadruple play” provider, offering TV, internet, landline and mobile bundles

It’s too early to say with any authority how the rebrand to Virgin Media will affect UPC customers and the company is not saying anything further on t(...)

TV is undergoing a profound change in viewing patterns. Photograph:  EPA/JOERG CARSTENSEN

I don’t have a television, which is one of those admissions that’s really hard to make without sounding insufferably smug. But rather than swearing of(...)

British prime minister David Cameron has said new legislation being introduced by his government will include powers to put non-violent extremists who radicalise young people “out of action”.  Photograph: Paul Ellis/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron has said new legislation being introduced by his government will include powers to put non-violent extremists who(...)

Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez.  Mr Clegg announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats after a dismal election performance. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Election enthusiasts and social media users had barely settled into their seats on Thursday night when the arrival of exit poll projections dashed (...)

Jeremy Clarkson at Stamford Bridge before a recent Chelsea match. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Jeremy Clarkson was not being racist when he used the word “pikey” on Top Gear, the BBC Trust has ruled, in a decision which has sparked condemnation (...)