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December 23, 2013  11:26 AM

A Christmas Message for those waiting for a broadband connection: Matthew 13:12

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, btgroup, Cornwall, Defra, social inclusion, Suffolk

"For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." Matthew...

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November 25, 2013  9:39 AM

A land fit for hermits: why broadband speeds could become an election issue

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, Defra, Suffolk, Surrey

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November 18, 2013  11:48 AM

Why is BT willing to risk having to refund the BDUK State Aid?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.sif, 4G, BDUK, Broadband, bsg, BT, btgroup, CDS, Clun, DCMS, Defra, europeanunion, Hereford, Inca, local government, RCBF, Rightmove, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SQW, Telford

The BT decision to backtrack on its willingness to release post code data on the grounds of commercial confidentiality may have been the equivalent of a red rag in a field of North American (i.e....


November 12, 2013  7:09 AM

The great broadband race – has BT’s broadband infrastructure spend been overtaken by that on 4G?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Arqiva, BBC, BBC iPlayer, BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, deutschetelekom, EE, Microsoft, O2, overpaid, sfbb, Sky, Smart Metering, Stokab, Telefónica, Vodafone

Bill Broadband pointed out that "spending over three billion pounds on SFBB is a lot of money" when I retweeted a BBC article on the extra £billion that BT has just committed to its content...

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November 4, 2013  11:43 AM

Are Whitehall (DCMS) and Southwark (Ofcom) on the same broadband planet as Wapping and Smithfield?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btgroup, DCMS, edvaizey, London, Ofcom, Shorditch, Smithfield, Southwark, Wapping

One of the highlights of last week's Parliament and The Internet Conference was the Two Eds Show, Ed...

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October 28, 2013  5:15 PM

The changing face of the UK On-line World: content and security as well as infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bali, BBC, BBC iPlayer, BT, btgroup, DCMS, DPA, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, IGF, ITV, NSA, phone hacking, Sky, Virgin

My previous blog has been criticised for not distinguishing between the narrow thinking of BDUK when it comes to rural broadband and the broader perspective of DCMS at large. The...


October 27, 2013  11:50 AM

The evolving on-line world leaves BDUK trailing in its wake

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, aEURIM, approval, Arqiva, BDUK, BT, btgroup, competition, consultation, DECC, deutschetelekom, Edward Snowden, EE, European Union, local government, multi-media, O2, PSN, REIP, Sky, Socitm, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

Today is the deadline for responses to the BDUK consultation on which I blogged at the beginning of October . It may helpful to take the opportunity to summarise why BDUK should...


October 22, 2013  1:43 PM

The EU Monopoly Telcos are getting back together: how will the EU respond?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, btgroup, EE, liberty, PSN, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

The recently announced tie up between EE (owned jointly by France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom) and BT to enable the latter (with the 4G spectrum it has acquired) to re-enter the mobile market and the former to piggy back its £1.5 bn...


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 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...


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