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March 3, 2014  11:16 AM

How rural is Shoreditch, our supposed technopolis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, DCMS, FTTP, Hyperoptic, Inca, NAO, Ofcom, Openreach, Ukraine, Ventura, Virgin, Virgin Media

There is currently a rush to bid for broadband funds which evaporate on March 31st with events being organised  to help Communities and Councils get better value for their contributions to investment...

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 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 31, 2013  7:20 AM

DCMS “announces” policy U-turn. BDUK to deliver “Superfast Broadband”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, local government, Ofcom

The advertisment for a Chief Executive of BDUK appears to be evidence that DMCS intends to relaunch BDUK as the planning and procurement agency for a portolio of centrally controlled "capital programmes" to create "Superfast...


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 7, 2013  12:43 PM

Has the latest BDUK Consultation been overtaken by 4G roll out?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, BDUK, cumbria, DCMS, DECC, Duopoly, EE, Freeview, Internet access, local government, OJEU, PSN, Sky, Virgin Media

BDUK gave five working days notice of its meeting today (7th October) to solicit "suggestions for how to deliver superfast broadband to some of the UK's hardest to reach areas, including those options which...


July 17, 2013  5:19 PM

BT tells PAC it will not prevent local authorities from disclosing roll-out plans

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, btgroup, DCMS, Essex, kent, local government

The most intriguing new development to emerge from the Public Accounts Committee grilling of BT this afternoon was an apparent statement from BT that it is not the obstacle to disclosing local roll-out plans in receipt of...


July 17, 2013  4:48 PM

Do watch the PAC Broadband Session: for once I have nothing to add

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, DCMS, Inca, Ofcom

Round One:  UK Broadband, INCA, Talk Talk and the 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


July 17, 2013  8:43 AM

The Rural Broadband “spectator event” of the year: 2.15 Public Accounts Committee Hearing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, DCMS, DECC, Subsidy

I strongly advise those planning to attend the Public Accounts Committee hearing on Rural Broadband this afternoon to take plenty of bottled water. It will be like the B 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


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


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