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May 14, 2015  2:29 PM

What difference will the election make to Central and Local Government IT?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BIS, BP, Broadband, CCTA, DCLG, Defra, dwp, GDS, Gigaclear, HMRC, Maldon, NZONI, Ofcom, rural, Socitm

Now that the ministerial appointments have been made we can make a reasonable forecast of what is likely to happen to central and local government IT over the 18 months. That is the period the...

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


February 20, 2015  5:33 PM

How do I tell if this offer to get government to pay for business broadband is genuine?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Business, HMRC, Ofcom, rural, SME, Vouchers

I recently signed up to the HMRC advisory service and this morning received the e-mail below. Being a trusting individual I did NOT click on anything. Instead I visited the


February 5, 2015  11:18 AM

Westminster debates Rural Broadband, meanwhile it’s quicker by bike less than a mile away

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, City, Crapband, CTF, Defra, Hansard, Labour, Libdem, London, Notspots, rural, Soho, UKIP

The DEFRA Select Committee report on "Rural Broadband and Digital Only Services" was published on Tuesday. Yesterday 18 backbench MPs, almost all Conservatives from Rural Consituencies, contributed to a...


December 19, 2014  9:28 AM

The UK On-line landscape is being transformed in the week before Christmas

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, BT, DCMS, EE, Microsoft, Mobile, rural, SME, urban, Wifi

The pledge by the mobile operators to spend £5 billion tackling mobile not spots   helps explain the speed of the EE (with £2 billion of its debts) sale to BT and the latter's...


January 7, 2014  8:26 AM

Inputs to January 6th House of Commons Debate on Rural Broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, Halifax, Hollingbourne, kent, rural, Shropshire

Julian Sturdy MP, himself a farmer, has secured a Westminster Hall Debate on Rural Broadband .

I do not think I...


October 21, 2013  10:08 AM

Does rapid take-up of SME broadband vouchers indicate a better way for final 2%

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, Defra, EE, European Union, fttc, HMRC, MWhitehall, PSN, rural, Sky, SME, Telefónica, Virgin, Vodafone, Vouchers

The broadband talkfest on 7th October appears to have been a profound disappointment  although there is still...


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 5, 2013  11:49 AM

Building on the NAO Report into the Rural Broadband Programme

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, DCMS, Ofcom, rural

Do read the full NAO report not just the press cover. Then enjoy some of the blogs, such as those of


May 21, 2011  11:40 AM

UK MPs flex their muscles on Mobile Broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
800MHZ, Broadband, Janet, Mobile, rural

Do read the full record of the House of Commons debate on May 19th on Rural Broadband and Mobile Coverage . The precise motion is dry, being a call for Ofcom to increase...


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