2010 has been a critical year for UK broadband as a new government comes in with their own ideas about how to ensure...
roll-out of next-generation superfast services.
Here we look back on the top 10 broadband stories of the year.
The government plans to spend £830m to encourage investment in wider access to high speed broadband, adding "open access" is a requirement for public money.
Community and smaller network operators accuse the government of ensuring that slow copper will endure in the national networks, especially in rural areas, for decades.
Access to physical network infrastructure is essential for network operators to compete, but network owners prove reluctant to compete purely on services.
Restrictions on the use of BT infrastructure could limit the customers competitors could approach, undermining the economic viability of small rural networks.
Legal challenges have delayed the auction of 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum, pushing the UK into the slow lane for mobile broadband, now expected to start rolling out in 2014, four years later than the US and Nordic countries.
Innovative technology may allow data network operators to use the "white space" between digital TV frequencies for rural broadband. Ofcom explores the options.
Cross-bench peer Lord Erroll accuses BT of predatory tactics in competing for rural and village broadband network contracts.
Communications managers and small network operators would like to buy dark fibre, as pushed for by European Commission digital agenda champion, Neelie Kroes, but the matter does not appear to be on Ofcom's agenda.
So-called fibre rates distort the market, claim non-BT network operators. Regrettably the meeting is cancelled because of bad weather, but officials promise to reschedule it.
Getting fibre to the home is a piece of cake, if you've got the gumption. The problems arrive when you want to use it. Just ask cattle farmer and community Wi-Fi network volunteer Christine Conder, who put in her own fibre link to two properties for £2,500.