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February 13, 2016  3:03 PM

Watch the DCMS Select Committee creeping dissection of the BT copper bound monopoly

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, CMS, copper, DOCSYS, fibre, Latency, peerig, Trtos

The evidence sessions for the DCMS Select Committee Enquiry into World Class Broadband...

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January 28, 2016  11:08 AM

BDUK “state aid” to be brought into line with EU law and good practice

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, BT21CN, iGov, LINX, nga, Procurement

Thee is much to be welcomed in the BDUK "focused market engagement" exercise to get views, by 24th February, from Local Authorities and Network Operators on the replacement for its previous...


October 19, 2015  12:57 PM

Securing access to world class broadband for your business, your customers and your community

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Apple, B4RN, backhaul, BDUK, Broadband, chokepoints, EE, fibre, gfast, Gigaclear, gpon, Hyperoptic, IFB, ios9, IPv6, ITS, Openreach, P2P, Sky, Virgin, WiSpire

One of the messages from the party conferences and from the last week's parliamentary debate is that Broadband is the fourth utility, without which modern life grind would grind...


October 16, 2015  1:57 PM

Messages from the House of Commons Broadband Notspot Debate: over 40 MPs contributing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Carillion, DCMS, Defra, Morrison, notspot, Openreach, Sky

During the run up to the Party Conferences I was asked whether BT's recent messages about using "community partnerships" to deliver broadband to "hard to reach " areas marked a change of heart, or were just to defuse criticism in...


August 25, 2015  9:10 PM

The politics of access and wayleave charges

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Bristol, BT, CCTV, CLAB, DCMS, ECC, EE, Gigaclear, Gloucester, Inca, Mobile, NFU, Ofcom, Openreach, RIBA, RICS, Virgin, Vodafone

The difference between the costs quoted by BT for upgrading its legacy network and those quoted by its competitors for building new fibre networks puzzles those in Devon and Somerset who compare the compare the deal their council was being pressured to accept with those made by Gloucestershire and...


August 18, 2015  8:43 AM

The nails are inserted into the coffin of the BT Openreach Monopoly

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, BT, Fintech, Gigaclear, hyoperoptic, IFB, IPv6, Janet, Ofcom, Openreach

Joe Garner, the latest CEO of Openreach, put up a competent defence when interviewed on the Today programme this...

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July 2, 2015  6:10 PM

Broadband Competition spreads from Shropshire to Shoreditch

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, competition, Cornwall, fHyperOptic, GigaplusArgyll, glasgow, Gloucester, ITS, Manchester, Ofcom, Shropshire, Virgin

We can now see the result of last year's change of policy and leadership at BDUK accompanied by rediscovery by Ofcom to its duties as a competition regulator. Those Counties which held out from pledging everything in support of extending BT's twenty year-old 21CN infrastructure appear now to be...


May 11, 2015  4:50 PM

What difference will the election result make to the Digital World?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, 5G, apprenticeships, BDUK, BT, Capita, dwp, European Union, HMRC, IPv6, MITIE, NAO, Serco, SME, Socitm, Universal Credit

The first and most obvious difference that the election has made is that sterling and the stock market have both risen: with telecoms (BT and Colt) and outsourcing companies (Capita, MITIE and Serco) rising above the trend. The general rise indicates that the pressure on public finances is...


April 7, 2015  10:55 AM

Delivering the digital infrastructure for Dot Everyone – The F Plan

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, BDUK, Big Data, Broadband, BT, DCMS, fixed, FSA, Ghostery, Groundhog, ICANN, inter-operability, ISOC, itc, LINX, Mobile, NPL, Ofcom, Olympic, standards

I was not able to watch this year's Dimbleby Lecture when it happened but over the Easter week-end I made time to watch the challenge that Martha Lane-Fox made to the Dimbleby's (and the other media...


February 2, 2015  1:49 PM

Access to superfast broadband has a return on investment 10 times that of HS2

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Avonline, BDUK, HS2, NFU, Ofocm, PAC, satellite, superfast, transport, Westminster

In December 2014 the House of Commons Library producing a briefing for MPs which showed the current state of broadband availability by constituency  and in...


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