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Virgin Media masks porn filter rollout with 152Mbps broadband launch

Promises 'free' speed bump to customers despite 6.7 percent rate hike
Fri Feb 28 2014, 10:22
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VIRGIN MEDIA has launched what it claims is the "UK's fastest broadband", offering speeds of up to 152Mbps that it clearly hopes will distract customers from the news that it has also switched on its porn filter.

Virgin Media's broadband speeds previously topped the 120Mbps mark, but the internet service provider (ISP) announced on Friday that this has been increased to 152Mbps, the fastest offered in the UK, as it promised back in November.

Existing Virgin Media customers will get their speeds boosted at no additional cost. Its 30Mbps customers can boost their bandwidth to 50Mbps, 60Mbps customers to 100Mbps and 120MB customers can get the fastest 152Mbps service. However, while Virgin Media is touting this upgrade is free of charge, it increased customers' rates by 6.7 percent during February.

Virgin Media told The INQUIRER that new customers can bag the 152Mbps service for £37.50 per month on its own, or for £28 a month when taken up with a home phone line which costs an additional £15.99 each month.

It will start rolling out the faster connectivity in March to "millions of customers", the ISP said, although it added that if you want your speed bumped, you'll have to get in touch and let it know.

Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge said, "Overwhelmingly people tell us the internet is a force for good. From daily life to the bigger aspects of society, culture and economic growth, digital is making a significant, positive difference to people's lives.

"We're supercharging our incredible network to ensure that Virgin Media customers can make the most of the online world."

Virgin Media must be hoping that this 152Mbps rollout will distract customers from the news that it has turned on its Web Safe internet filter, which enables the account holder to restrict access to potentially "inappropriate" websites and brings the firm in line with government guidelines.

At present, customers can choose whether they want the filter, and Virgin Media will offer it to new customers when they sign up for broadband service. However, the firm added that it will "proactively offer the technology to all of its customers".

Rival mobile operator BT has said that it will automatically switch on its porn filter for all new customers. µ

 

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