When IT Meets Politics:

April, 2014


April 26, 2014  7:49 AM

Is BT postponing broadband roll out to fund a content price war?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Barnsley, BDUK, Broadband, Bromsgrove, bskyb, Fluidata, government, Holborn, Inca, Ofcom, PAC, roll-out, Wapping, Whitehall

When I blogged last July on the way that BT was delaying the roll out of fibre to cabinet to inner city areas and locations with a majority of business lines, the exchanges for

April 22, 2014  10:44 AM

Surviving the post Heartbleed Cyber Security Skills Crunch

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Cisco, City, CompTIA, Contracts, Cyber security, e-skills, Guilds, Heartbleed, IISP, Information security, Linux, Oracle, SFIA, VMware

IT users and suppliers, particularly those in financial services and its suppliers are about to be hit by an IT Skills shortfall akin to that during the run up to Y2K: for similar reasons. A surge in demand for skills in short supply is hitting an industry which has not recruited sufficient...


April 16, 2014  8:48 PM

Can BT claim a rates reduction for an “unbundled” exchange that has no other users?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Further to my blog calling for readers to input to the Treasury Consultation on Business Rates, I have been asked "what is meant by unbundled?". The example sent to me is


April 16, 2014  1:51 PM

Treasury Consultation on Business Rates: speak now or shut up

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, DCLG, Openreach

The Treasury Consultation on the Administration of Business Rates gives a long overdue opportunity for those who believe that innovative broadband suppliers are unfairly treated.


April 15, 2014  10:05 AM

Has Heartbleed done more than Snowden to dent consumer confidence in the online world?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barack Obama, Edward Snowden, Mumsnet, Open source

If Mumsnet, which takes the privacy of its users very seriously, has been compromised by heartbleed, who is safe? Until I read that...


April 7, 2014  11:30 AM

A Confucian perspective on UK Broadband, Spectrum and Cyber Security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Boradband, capacity, CESG, CNI, fibre, MNO, Ofcom, protection, SCADA, spectrum, transmission, UKCCIS, Wifi

I very much enjoyed the discussion at the Nominet "UK Internet Policy Forum" on 2nd April. on  "The Open Internet and the Digital Economy". The debates were insightful, balanced and nuanced...


April 1, 2014  3:20 PM

Ofcom launches consultation on UK Business Broadband Market

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, Business, Ofcom

The very title "Business Connectivity Market Review" of the consultation announced by Ofcom today, is measured and the wording and questions are...


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