When IT Meets Politics:

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September 9, 2017  1:30 PM

The “Great British Broadband Boost” is ringfenced for BT.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
backhaul, Broadband, BT, competition, fttc, Gigaclear, Openreach

The DCMS Press release headlined "The Great British Broadband Boost" needs to be put in context.  The "boost" comprises £465 million

February 3, 2017  2:47 PM

Funding Full Fibre Networks – what if BT cannot afford its share?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, Broadband, BT, CTIL, Funding, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Infrastructure, investment, JISC, O2, Ofcom, Virgin, Vodafone, Zayo

On February 2nd the chairman of BT Openreach finally admitted that they have seriously under-invested in upgrades and maintenance over recent years  . On February 3rd


November 3, 2016  10:45 AM

Homebuilders Federation opposes fibre to the home policy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
5G, fibre, Gigaclear, Uncategorized

The Home Builders Federation has formally opposed proposals, in its new town plan, by Ashford Borough Council


October 13, 2016  11:56 AM

Theresa May has embraced Gigabit Britain. How will her ministers ensure delivery?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
backhaul, BT Retail, Carillion, competition, copper, CTF, CTIL, Fujitsu, Gigaclear, Inca, Maintenance, O2, Sky, Vodafone, Yoti

When the Prime Minister used her closing conference speech to say it is "just not right" that "half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, can't get a decent broadband connection" we knew something really had changed.


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 2, 2016  9:13 PM

Who is winning the Broadband war? BT, Sky, Virgin or the Altnets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Ofcom, Plusnet, Virgin Media

BT claims to have achieved a 71% share of new broadband customers  in the most recent quarter. But...


January 23, 2016  10:15 AM

“The BIG Issue” – can DCMS safely ignore over 120 MPs protesting over constituency broadba[n]d

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, 5G, Arqiva, Bristol, BT, CMA, EE, Gigaclear

The British Infrastructure Group report publicised in the Daily Telegraph today uses available data (assembled by the House of Commons Library)...


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


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...


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...


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