When IT Meets Politics:

November, 2015


November 30, 2015  12:37 PM

Will publicity for Northamptonshire Open Market Review help open up UK broadband market?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, IP, London, OJEU, OMR, Openreach, Redburn, Singapore

Northamptonshire has announced an "Open Market Review" to help plan an invitation to tender to provide broadband services to those who will not be covered by its Phase 1 and 2...

November 30, 2015  11:21 AM

Does the Investigatory Powers Bill go far enough?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Data protection, DRIPA, GCHQ, ICR, IPv4, IPv6, ISP, Li-Fi, RIPA, SPOC, Spyware, Surveillance, Wifi

I received the press release for the call for evidence by the Joint Scrutiny...

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November 14, 2015  1:26 PM

How relevant is the Investigatory Powers BIll to preventing a Bataclan style massacre in London

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Bataclan, CGI, FBI, Google, HP

The attacks in Paris yesterday give a terrible topicality to debate over the Investigatory Powers Bill and the issues I...

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November 13, 2015  1:53 PM

Should priority for reform of UK Investigatory Powers be to protect citizens or the state?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
GCHQ, Gostery, Wireshark

I spent a lot of time helping organise scrutiny of the original bill to regulate investigatory powers. Despite our efforts the result was deeply flawed. The resultant processes were bureaucratic and sclerotic...


November 12, 2015  3:45 PM

If barely half UK FTTC lines meet definition for Superfast, how can BDUK be on track?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
B4RN, Broadband, Customer service, fttc, FTTP, gfast, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, ITS, LINX, Ofcom, Openreach, superfast, Telehouse, Virgin

I recently became embroiled in a dispute as to whether UK Broadband performance should be measured by "speed" supposedly "available" or by that actually experienced by customers. This led me to look at the


November 7, 2015  9:10 AM

Prime Minister announces consultation next year on a 10 mbps Broadband USO

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Ofcom, Openreach

I was delighted to hear that the Government will consult on how to achieve a Universal Service Obligation of at least 10 mbps. I remember the furious...


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