When IT Meets Politics:


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...

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 25, 2012  7:48 PM

UK Telcos and ISPs split over broadband rationing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, Inca, Net Neutrality, newspeak, Ofgem, Oftel, Virgin Media, Vodafone

In a BBC news item today "ISPs split over UK Open Internet code of practice" the term "Open Internet" has replaced "Net Neutrality" as newspeak  for bandwidth rationing in much the same way...

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

January 16, 2012  6:53 PM

Crony capitalism in practice? Green taxes, Smart meters etc.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
aregulation, green taxes, monopolies, Ofcom, Ofgem, OfWat, utilities

I never did understand why we were going to have to pay so much extra to energy companies to get smart meters. Just before Christmas I chaired a meeting which indicated that spending billions on separate communications networks was unnecessary: the data volumes were piddling and could be handled...

June 1, 2011  10:39 AM

Will the proposed BDUK framework do more harm than good?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, BIS, DCMS, DECC, Duopoly, framework, Janet, NEN, OCEAN, Ofgem, Oftel, PIN, Procurement, PSN, Sky

Last week, in Brussels, Ed Vaizey talked of the need to use market forces to pull through investment in broadband. A day later Jeremy Hunt wrote to MPs on the replacement of central competitions for funding by allocations to authorities to "be made available once we have...

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