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February 20, 2015  5:33 PM

How do I tell if this offer to get government to pay for business broadband is genuine?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Business, HMRC, Ofcom, rural, SME, Vouchers

I recently signed up to the HMRC advisory service and this morning received the e-mail below. Being a trusting individual I did NOT click on anything. Instead I visited the

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...


March 24, 2014  12:10 PM

Google shows the NSA how to make surveillance socially acceptable – with a £30 TV Dongle

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Google, Hotmail, Microsoft, Security


Do read the press cover on the launch of the new Google


March 10, 2014  12:49 PM

The Broadband Blue Tape Gambit: guest blog from Hamish Glenlivet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Broadband, BT, Business, Glenlivet, Labour, Sky, SMEs, Ukraine, Virgin Media

Hamish Glenlivet (looking at the broadband scene through the bottom of a glass while waiting for a snail-mail attachment to download) drafted a response to tell me that my blog entry forecasting


July 31, 2013  8:55 PM

Get your small firms broadband voucher “here”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, Business, London, Ofcom, Scheme, Vouchers

Thank you to Ian Grant for blogging on the Small Firms Broadband Voucher scheme. It is a very clever concept and it is also very sensible to, for once, do a small scale pilot first. I note...


July 29, 2013  1:42 PM

Minister issues guidance to local authorities to release broadband maps

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, btgroup, Business, Comptroller, EE, Inca, OFT, publicsector, Sky, Vodafone

I was delighted to read that Maria Miller has written to local authorities telling them they should reveal which areas are in line for upgrade and disregard advice that...

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July 18, 2013  12:01 PM

OFT Call for information on the supply of ICT to the public sector

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Cabinet office, government, ICT, OFT, Procurement, Public sector

I regularly hear complaints that public sector procurement is dominated by a cartel of a dozen or players advised by teams of consultants...


June 23, 2013  6:52 PM

Will Brazil see the first democracy toppled by a “Social Media” revolution?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Facebook, msn, NBC, Prism, social media, twitter

Normally I ignore the news items suggested by MSN but this piece of comment on NBC caught my eye one caught my eye. It begins with comment on how the use...


May 9, 2013  9:44 AM

I would love to be a fly on wall after BT’s mammoth briefing to investment analysts

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, AT&T, Broadband, Business, investing, liberty, MacQuarie, Sky

I am told that BT plans a six hour briefing to Investment analysts - said to be a record. The build up is certainly going well. Last week a club of 22 analysts said they expect BT to outperform the market over the...


May 8, 2013  1:30 PM

Why do SMEs who advertise online not transact online?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Birmingham, Broadband, BT, Business, cfibre, Cloud Computing, Cyber, e-skills, FE, HE, Intellect, ISO27000, MacQuarie, oApprenticeships, Ofcom, ompetition, Openreach, PUICTFOR, Security, Sky, SMESs, Virgin

On the morning of the first day of Infosec I attended a PICTFOR briefing on the current state of UK Cyber Security. The lack of intelligible security guidance for small firms was identified as a major issue by several...


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