When IT Meets Politics:

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August 12, 2014  3:11 PM

Now is your opportunity to help change the future of UK economy, not just communications policy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BT, btgroup, consultation, DCMS, Netflix, Openreach, Sky, United Kingdom, Virgin

The importance of the consultation on inputs to a new Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy  cannot be under-estimated. The Treasury/DCMS Consultation may have been...

April 16, 2014  1:51 PM

Treasury Consultation on Business Rates: speak now or shut up

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, DCLG, Openreach

The Treasury Consultation on the Administration of Business Rates gives a long overdue opportunity for those who believe that innovative broadband suppliers are unfairly treated.


March 3, 2014  11:16 AM

How rural is Shoreditch, our supposed technopolis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, DCMS, FTTP, Hyperoptic, Inca, NAO, Ofcom, Openreach, Ukraine, Ventura, Virgin, Virgin Media

There is currently a rush to bid for broadband funds which evaporate on March 31st with events being organised  to help Communities and Councils get better value for their contributions to investment...


February 3, 2014  12:45 PM

Is investment in UK/EU Broadband (fixed and mobile) falling – and, if so, why?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT Retail, btgroup, Capex, Communications, Crapband, decline, investment, McAfee, Ofcom, Openreach, regulation, Sky, Surveillance, Vodafone

At a recent event on European Communications policy, held under the Chatham House rule, the audience was told that revenues and investment across the European...


May 8, 2013  1:30 PM

Why do SMEs who advertise online not transact online?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Birmingham, Broadband, BT, Business, cfibre, Cloud Computing, Cyber, e-skills, FE, HE, Intellect, ISO27000, MacQuarie, oApprenticeships, Ofcom, ompetition, Openreach, PUICTFOR, Security, Sky, SMESs, Virgin

On the morning of the first day of Infosec I attended a PICTFOR briefing on the current state of UK Cyber Security. The lack of intelligible security guidance for small firms was identified as a major issue by several...


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...


January 7, 2012  11:47 AM

You read it here first – London gets free wifi

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, BDUK, BT, Kensington, London, O2, Ofcom, Openreach, Openzone, samsung, Wave, Westminster

The mass media have finally caught up with the December 28th entry in "When IT meets politics". Note the speed of...


December 28, 2011  8:12 AM

Did Westminster and Kensington stuff BDUK for Christmas?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
3G, 4G, BDUK, Broadband, Christmas, O2, Ofcom, Openreach

Shortly before Christmas the FT carried news that O2 had beaten Sky and Virgin to win a  contract to provide wifi to Westminster in time for the Olympics. The article speculated that this could provide a model for other councils. The


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