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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....

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 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 30, 2013  8:26 AM

Concerned about broadband? Suggest your local councillors ask for a copy of Maria Miller’s letter

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Boradband, btgroup, Inca, local government, rural, Subsidy

I am delighted to see that Jennifer Scott obtained a copy of 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


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...


October 2, 2012  8:42 AM

ED Balls and Open Government give the opportunity for a Broadband Breakthrough

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, DCMS, Janet, local government, Olympics, PSN, treasury

The announcement by the Shadow Chancellor that Labour would put the receipts from the 4G auction towards subsided new build housing...


September 10, 2012  5:23 PM

Time to to prepare for the “insourcing spring” of 2013

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, local government, Mouchel, NPfIT

The difficulties experienced at Mouchel has triggered a series of reviews which will lead to many, perhaps most, of its local government service contracts (run by companies...


February 9, 2012  1:01 PM

Who is trying to join up the policies – PSN, BDUK, Cybersecurity, Big Society, etc?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, CPNI, DCMS, local government, PSN, Public sector, Whitehall, Y2K

I have just been browsing the Guardian Computing debate last week on "Can problems with the PSN be overcome?" and was struck by one of the comments -


January 4, 2012  3:22 PM

Has BDUK stuffed DCMS ? The Civil Service Staff College Case Study

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, DCM, DCMS, Fujitsu, Google, Inca, local government, Ofcom

My blog on the deal between O2 and Westminster and Kensington Councils provoked interesting reactions. There seems to be agreement that it undermines the previous government's...


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