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TalkTalk Pledges To Pass On Price Cuts To Customers In BT's Broadband

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 19 / 14

TalkTalk "has pledged to cut the price of fibre broadband for customers should regulatory proposals over access to BT’s network force the former telecoms incumbent to lower the wholesale cost," according to Daniel Thomas of the FINANCIAL TIMES. TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding said that "prices for f...

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Closed Moscow Stadium Slows Athletics

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Oil Boom Fuels Azerbaijan Football Rise

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Minister: Anti-Gay Law An 'Invented Problem'

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FIFA Asks Russia To Clarify Anti-Gay Law

FIFA has asked authorities in Russia, host of the 2018 World Cup, for "clarification and more details" about a new anti-gay law, joining the IOC in seeking answers from Moscow, according to Graham Dunbar of the AP. Legislation prohibiting "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among min ...

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