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October 21, 2013  10:08 AM

Does rapid take-up of SME broadband vouchers indicate a better way for final 2%

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, Defra, EE, European Union, fttc, HMRC, MWhitehall, PSN, rural, Sky, SME, Telefónica, Virgin, Vodafone, Vouchers

The broadband talkfest on 7th October appears to have been a profound disappointment  although there is still...

July 5, 2013  11:49 AM

Building on the NAO Report into the Rural Broadband Programme

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, DCMS, Ofcom, rural

Do read the full NAO report not just the press cover. Then enjoy some of the blogs, such as those of


July 5, 2013  7:24 AM

The time has come to move from confrontation to co-operation in the roll out of rural broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AT&T, BDUK, BT, btgroup, G-Cloud, government, liberty, NAO, OFT, publicsector, Sky, Vodafone

BT is under attack from all directions at a time when it will be seeking to maximise cash flow to fund its entry into the quadruple play market. With hindsight,


June 21, 2013  7:27 PM

Another PRISM conspiracy theory: publicity is to help taxpaying UK ISPs against US tax avoiders

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, chancellor, Conspiracy, FISA, G8, guardian, President, Prism, RIPA, Yahoo

Not all conspiracy theories are compatible. We would suspect a conspiracy if they were. Ross Anderson's article in yesterday's Guardian has sparked the splendid suggestion that the...


June 20, 2013  12:12 PM

The Entries for my conspiracy theory competition are beginning to come in

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Bilderberg, Birmingham, BT, Data protection, DCMS, Illuminati, outsource, PFI, Prism, Virgin

Yesterday I offered a bottle of Ledaig for the best conspiracy theories related to the mass media cover for


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...


April 15, 2013  7:18 PM

Would re-opening the UK Broadband market to competition be a fitting tribute to Mrs Thatcher?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, competition, liberalisation, NTL, Ofcom, Offer, Ofgas, Ofgem, Oftel, privatisation, telecoms, Thatcher, Virgin

Amid all the "tributes" and suggestions for memorials we have forgotten what would have happened if some of her less controversial achievements, such as telecoms liberalisation leading to full competition in the local loop, had not been reversed after 1997. The independent regulators put in place...


February 18, 2013  11:56 AM

BT planning to buy EPSN from Disney: what does that say about UK Broadband Policy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, bskyb, BT, btgroup, Disney, ESPN


February 7, 2013  11:15 AM

Is BT now a takeover target? If not, why not?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AT&T, Broadband, BT, btgroup, liberty, Ofcom, take-over, Telecommunication, Verizon, Virgin, Vodafone

In the course of one of my recent blog entries I contrasted the BT claim (at a PICTFOR meeting) that it was not a utility but a new and innovative business with an investment...


June 15, 2012  6:26 AM

Can the BDUK framework survive Birmingham and Cumbria on top of Westminster?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Birmingham, Broadband, BT, btgroup, cumbria, DCMS, Labour, Leveson, Olympic, Olympics, Sky, Vodafone, Westminster, Whitehall

Ian Grant's latest Broken Telegraph post indicates that the BDUK framework has finally run its course, having delayed the roll out of rural broadband until after Olympics. Whether or not...


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