When IT Meets Politics:


July 26, 2011  2:52 PM

England can beat India: but it requires turning ducks waddling in economic recovery into swans

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, Eurim

Today we have calls for more government spending to help pull through economic recovery and overcome current stagnation. Central to that recovery will be the re-creation of a world-class communications infrastructure - in line with declared government policy. Hence the first of...

July 25, 2011  12:34 PM

Teaching Ducks to Fly – A constructive role for BDUK

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, Eurim

I have just been sent an english language copy of the Dutch Guidance on interpreting State Aid rules with regard to Broadband. It uses many examples from the UK.  It is five years old and some might argue that it...

July 23, 2011  8:42 AM

Will Ofcom and the European Commission make the BDUK Framework a Dead Duck

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, consultation, European Commission, framework, Ofcom

The recent capping by Ofcom of BT wholesale prices in the 11.7% of the country where it is the only provider is a long overdue but most welcome exercise of its powers. The requirement on BT to undercut inflation by...

July 3, 2011  12:39 PM

“Best in Europe” or “what BT can deliver under the business model imposed on them by Ofcom”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Aediles, BDUK, BT, framework, Ofcom, PQQ

My blog on the new BDUK framework and qualifying questionnaire has triggered an interesting e-mail correspondence. One sent me an

June 14, 2011  9:49 AM

Garter Day with a Blackberry – a time for reflection

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, consultants, NHS

Yesterday I took that day off and attended the annual Garter Ceremony as a guest, albeit not in the Chapel. I switched my mobile off for a blessed six hours but forgot to switch off my Blackberry. I felt very guilty as the only addict in sight - we were on the back row of a grandstand so I...

June 1, 2011  10:39 AM

Will the proposed BDUK framework do more harm than good?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, BIS, DCMS, DECC, Duopoly, framework, Janet, NEN, OCEAN, Ofgem, Oftel, PIN, Procurement, PSN, Sky

Last week, in Brussels, Ed Vaizey talked of the need to use market forces to pull through investment in broadband. A day later Jeremy Hunt wrote to MPs on the replacement of central competitions for funding by allocations to authorities to "be made available once we have...

May 27, 2011  4:44 PM

What was different about last weeks winning Broadband bids ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Winners

Last Thursday I was at the European Internet Foundation event on "Who Pays for Broadband" when Ed Vaizey made a strong statement on the need to use market forces to pull through investment in broadband work at thesame time as announcing

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