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February 19, 2016  9:26 PM

Needed – facts about broadband: What “facts” do we really need?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
3, Aberdeen, Amazon, Arqiva, Bristol, Broadband, BT, CGI, Colt, Coventry, DCMS, edinburgh, EE, Facebook, fibre, Fujitsu, Gigaclear, Google, Hammersmith, HP, Hyperoptic, IBM, ITS, Microsoft, Netflix, O2, Ofcom, Openreach, Peterborough, Sky, SSE, Virgin, Vodafone, Woking, Zayo

The

February 16, 2016  11:42 AM

An idea whose time has come: robust on-line age-checking – and not just for access to pornography

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ATVOD, Data breach, DCMS, oix, On-line, Yoti

The announcement of the DCMS consultation "Child Safety Online: age checking for Pornography" is most welcome.  As yet, however, the


January 4, 2016  6:43 PM

UK Digital Strategy – two weeks to give your views on how the UK will cross “the next frontier”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, Cabinet office, DCMS, Defra, Digital strategy, RAeGDS, Skills


On the 29th December, while most of the world's digital leaders were off-line , Ed Vaizey called for inputs to digitalstrategy@culture.gov.uk...


December 14, 2015  12:26 PM

There are no shortages of digital skills, only of employers who train their staff

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data analytics, BIS, Bosch, commando, DCMS, Digital skills, e-skills, Fintech, Internet of Things, Smart phones, VW

This time last year the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills had collected over a thousand pages of evidence. Over Christmas the members ploughed through the evidence and in February they published


December 7, 2015  12:47 PM

Ofcom consults on plans to tackle the UK Communications Confusopoly

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, CMA, confusopoly, copper, DCMS, fibre, FSB, Huawei, INTUG, IoD, monopoly, Ofcom, Zayo

Ofcom has just published its Proposed Annual Plan for 2016/17  with a deadline of 26th February 2016 for responses. It has three clear objectives:

  1. Promote...


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...


July 20, 2015  1:02 PM

BT declares war on Ofcom – your opportunity to help reset the UK regulatory landscape

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, Broadband, competition, DCMS, EE, Gigaclear, Inca, ITS, lDCIS, Ofcom, Openreach, Virgin Media

I  was intrigued by Gavin Patterson's reported attack on Ofcom for even raising the question of separating out...

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April 9, 2015  12:12 PM

Turning our patchwork of legacy networks into a resilient mesh of smart, future proof utilities

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
)2, 1799, 3, BT, canals, CCRV, consultation, DCIS, DCMS, DECC, ECC, FCC, Georgina, KCOM, Landlord, Liverpool, Mobile, Non-Dom, PSN, railways, roadband, rural, Shard, Sky, Smart grid, Smart meter, Socitm, Virgin, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Wifi, Woking

Shortly after the budget I blogged a welcome for the DCMS-Treasury Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy. Last week


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...


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