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April 9, 2015  12:12 PM

Turning our patchwork of legacy networks into a resilient mesh of smart, future proof utilities

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
)2, 1799, 3, BT, canals, CCRV, consultation, DCIS, DCMS, DECC, ECC, FCC, Georgina, KCOM, Landlord, Liverpool, Mobile, Non-Dom, PSN, railways, roadband, rural, Shard, Sky, Smart grid, Smart meter, Socitm, Virgin, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Wifi, Woking

Shortly after the budget I blogged a welcome for the DCMS-Treasury Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy. Last week

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 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  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

April 28, 2013  12:13 PM

The backlash against the smart meter programme has begun. What are the implications for IT users?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, DECC, energy, India, Smart meter

The Daily Mail article "Big Brother to switch off your fridge" is a fiery attack on the proposals sent by the  EU "collective" of Energy Regulators...

April 4, 2013  11:03 AM

Smart meters under user control as building block for trustworthy 21st Century Infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DECC, Smart meter

The Conservative Technology Forum has just released its first policy paper since the last election. It is on Smart Meters, where there is a need to revert to

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 "

July 31, 2012  9:30 AM

Lords support Commission Against BDUK Framework

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, DCMS, DECC, European Commission

Chapter 3 Paragraph 59 of the House of Lords Communications Committee report looks like the coup de grace for the BDUK framework. "We endorse the Commission's suggestion that open access to dark fibre at...

July 20, 2012  11:18 AM

Is Treasury getting its act together on Infrastructure Investment?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, DCMS, DECC, Ofcom, Ofgem, Smart Metering, Utility

The departure of the DECC permanent secretary (days after the announcement of the

February 3, 2012  11:54 AM

A great opportunity to create a merged UK Infrastructure Ministry

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Business, DCMS, DECC, Funds, investing, Whitehall

The resignation of Chris Huhne offers a great opportunity to bring together the Departments of Energy and Transport and add in Communications which has been lost in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (now almost totally pre-occupied with the run up to the Olympics)  as a Department...

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