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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

June 17, 2013  4:15 PM

What’s in a name … ? Why does DCMS wish to redefine the creative industries?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Architects, Creativity, DCMS, e-skills, ICT, Programmers, Skillset, statistics, Stem, UKCES

DCMS has contacted a number of organisations to "clarify" the reasons for its exercise to redefine the creative industries as follows: 
 


June 17, 2013  11:42 AM

What questions will the NAO report on BDUK seek to answer ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, Defra, NAO, NTL, PSN, Public sector, Telewest, Virgin Media

I was delighted with the news that the National Audit Office will be investigating whether BDUK gives value for money. One can make a reasonable guess as to some of the questions they might...


June 14, 2013  6:08 PM

Only 4 out of 11 former Home Secretaries publicly support the Communications Bill

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, DCMS, GCHQ, IOCA, SA, Times, Verizon

The headline for this blog is no more misleading than most public debate on the proposals in the Communications Bill. Now that my attempt to put PRISM and the Communications Bill into...

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June 11, 2013  11:28 PM

The “free market” on-line world is under attack from all directions: who wants to save what and why?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, DCMS, Fraud, FSA, Google, Impersonation, Microsoft, NFA, Prism, RIPA, Which

The storm of media cover for PRISM, the NSA equivalent for what the Communications Bill was intended to support in the


June 9, 2013  6:57 PM

Is redefinition of Systems Development anything more than a role grab by officials facing the chop?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DCMS, Olympic

Karl Flinders posting on the consultation regarding the redefinition of systems development as a "creative...

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April 2, 2013  9:26 AM

Why we should add Ofcom and OfGEM to David Davis’s list of watchdogs in need of a good kicking.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Buckinghamshire, DCMS, DECC, European Commission, Ofcom, Ofgem, Oxfordshire, prices

David Davis has said, in the Sunday Times, that "


March 8, 2013  8:45 PM

DCMS to Move to Treasury (Building) as part of downsizing …

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Cabinet office, Cisco, DCMS, treasury

Earlier this week I heard a rumour that DCMS was moving to Treasury as part of a Government reshuffle. It sounded odd that such a profound change could have been planned without any leaks. My "source" has now traced the source of the rumour - to an


February 19, 2013  11:34 PM

What is the traditional telco model that is in “end game”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, AT&T, Broadband, bskyb, btgroup, Communications, DCMS, MacQuarrie, Marxism, Ofcom, Sky, Virgin, Vodafone

I was intrigued by a recent entry in BrokenTelephon3 which talked of "the end game for the traditional telco model". It was followed by comments attacking Ian Grant for confusingly juxtaposing...


November 13, 2012  7:27 AM

Broadband: from speed through bandwidth rationing to active traffic management to quality of service

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, IGF, Internet protocol, Net Neutrality, service provider, Traffic management, Wapping, WCIT

Those of you who have moved from 5 to 15 to 50 mbs broadband will have discovered that it does not always lead to significant improvement in delivered service. The causes are many and varied: from line quality, through PC security to "traffic management" at various levels.

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