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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...

April 15, 2013  7:18 PM

Would re-opening the UK Broadband market to competition be a fitting tribute to Mrs Thatcher?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, competition, liberalisation, NTL, Ofcom, Offer, Ofgas, Ofgem, Oftel, privatisation, telecoms, Thatcher, Virgin

Amid all the "tributes" and suggestions for memorials we have forgotten what would have happened if some of her less controversial achievements, such as telecoms liberalisation leading to full competition in the local loop, had not been reversed after 1997. The independent regulators put in place...


January 14, 2013  12:56 PM

Midsomer Murders: The Broadband Killings

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, NTL, Ofcom, superfast, Telewest, Virgin

The feud turned to slaughter after Mavis Goodenough, the Wiccan High Priestess of Midsomer Harvest died of septicaemia after stepping on one of the mantraps protecting the poles of the overhead fibre link from the server in the Snug of the Fig and Femto to the wireless mast beside the changing hut...


January 1, 2013  6:53 PM

Will 2013 be the year when it became easier to get your broadband fixed than to change supplier?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Business, Customer service, e-crime, NTL, Ofcom, Openreach, TalkTalk, Telewest, Virgin Media

Until earlier this year I dual sourced my broadband connections for resilience. Then, shortly after I had upgraded to BT Infinity, the standby line went down and I began the saga of "have you tried another router ...".

I have yet to decide on my future standby facilities - save that I...


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