When IT Meets Politics:

November, 2014


November 26, 2014  10:22 AM

The pan-European rush to create a new generation of communications monopolies and put up prices

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, BT, cartel, Communications, EE, EU, monopoly, O2

Further to my recent blog on why the possible BT - O2 or EE merger is born of weakness or strength, one of my readers has drawn my attention to

November 25, 2014  1:47 PM

Is a telecoms merger (BT and O2 or EE) born of weakness good for UK plc?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, EE, Merger, O2, Roaming, Stokab, take-over

The news that BT is in talks with both O2 and EE in order to re-enter the mobile market should come as no great surprise...


November 23, 2014  4:30 PM

Where is the Cabinet Office Identity Programme going?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
GDS, government, idap, Verify

Over the past few weeks I have received a flow of e-mails regarding the status of the Cabinet Office IDAP programme.  

Is it making steady progress towards creating a market framework for inter-operable identity systems?

Or is it muddying the waters by trying to coerce...


November 15, 2014  10:04 AM

Should Broadband advertising be ‘legal, decent, honest and truthful’? If so …

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, copper, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, ITS, Openreach, United Kingdom

Further to my recent


November 14, 2014  10:09 AM

Why IT Projects Fail – forty years on and what is new?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office

One of latest downloads from the Computer Weekly website is entitled "


November 13, 2014  11:09 AM

Advertising Standards Authority wrecks attempts to promote “genuine” fibre broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
copper, Crapband, fibre, ruling

I have just been told of the Advertising Standards Authority ruling that copper to the home from a fibre connected cabinet can be called "fibre". Meanwhile, it would appear that...


November 12, 2014  12:41 PM

City of London to bulldoze broadband blockages while Vodafone parks tanks on BT’s lawn

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
backhaul, BBfix, BR, Broadband, bsg, Clacton, fibre, Redburn, Sky, UKIP, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Wi-Fi


The Corporation of the City of London has just voted to publicise and build on


November 6, 2014  4:21 PM

Who do you trust less with your digital footprint – Your ISP or Your State Security Service?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
consultation, DCMS, GCHQ, Google, Googlette, Govrnance, IETF, Internet, ISOC, ISP, ISPA, Mobile, Roaming, Rockefeller, YouGov

On the eve of the meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force last March, the Conservative Techology Forum held a


November 3, 2014  10:57 AM

Environment and Rural Affairs Committee joins up the Rural Broadband and Digital by Default debates.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ACRE, Defra, Digital signatures, GAF1, idap, SPARSE, TSB, UKIP

The announcement of  


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