Does your broadband need a boost? The best deals available for ‘superfast’ internet with a large chunk of people working from home

Christel Deskins



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Despite the Government encouraging workers to get back to the office, many continue to work from home, either full-time or part-time.

It may now mean households are on the hunt for faster and more reliable internet deal, with an increased strain on their service. 

Holly Niblett, head of digital at Compare the Market, said: ‘We have seen a huge increase in the number of people opting for superfast broadband as working from home has become the new norm for millions of workers. 

‘Superfast broadband has evolved from a luxury to a necessary utility for many households across the country, and as a result it should be accessible to the average household.’   



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Taco Bell Is Working On A Restaurant Concept That Will Be Super Efficient And Allow Online Ordering

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Photo credit: Taco Bell
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Expert answers most-Googled questions about working parents and back-to-school

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With the future unpredictable as kids return to the classroom during the coronavirus epidemic, parents are turning to Google to ask questions and attempt to plan.

As a part of TODAY’s coronavirus and the classroom series, NBC senior business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle answered the three most-Googled questions about the 2020-2021 school year, offering advice on everything from setting up a schedule that works to how to juggle work responsibilities while supervising online learning.

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While Ruhle acknowledges working parents are stressed and struggling, she says it’s important to make a plan, but stay flexible.

“Put together a plan and an actual schedule,” said Ruhle, who likens the work and school routine to maternity leave; when baby sleeps, that’s when mom gets time to shower or nap herself. “When that school day starts, that’s when you can get the most out of your work day.”

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Hong Kong FilMart Working With RightsTrade on Historic Virtual Market

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Leading online B2B licensing platform RightsTrade has been selected to provide the technological backbone for the upcoming FilMart in Hong Kong. Turning such a large and busy fair into a virtual market has been a long time coming.

The film and TV market, a flagship event for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, had been expected to operate as a face-to-face event in its usual slot in late March. But the coronavirus outbreak caused the fair organizers to postpone it to the end of August. And, as it became clear that COVID-related travel restrictions were not going away in a hurry, they chose to keep the calendar position, but switch the market over to virtual one, running Aug. 26-29.

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A third of Britons hit by internet outages amid shift to remote working

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More than a third of Britons have had their internet cut out over the past year, even as they came to increasingly rely on their connections. 

New research from Uswitch suggested that more than 20m adults in the UK had experienced an outage in the past 12 months, whilst 4.8m Britons had not been able to get online for at least three hours due to power-cuts, broadband issues or routine maintenance on cables.

Around a quarter of people were working when their internet crashed, Uswitch said, meaning such issues could be costing the UK economy more than £1.5bn every year, when accounting for lost time at work.

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On one hand working from home is truly awesome. Your commute is however far it is from your bed to your laptop, you don’t have to deal face-to-face with annoying colleagues, you can make your own homemade, healthy snacks, and yes, you can work in your pajamas.

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girl with laptop – Stuart Nicol

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