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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...

July 21, 2014  11:52 AM

Is the BT Business Broadband monopoly about to crumble? How will it respond?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, Coventry, FCS, FSB, GEO, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Inca, London, Peterbourgh, Shoreditch, Sky, Smithfield, United Kingdom, Virgin, York

I recently blogged on the demand aggregation exercise being organised by the City of London  A couple of days later I received a note on the current state of


May 6, 2014  10:21 AM

If fibre to business communities has payback in months not years, why is it not happening?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
anti-trust, Arqiva, B4RN, Barnsley, Birmingham, BT, cartel, Croglin, fibre, FTTP, Funding, Halifax, Inca, Internet, Landlords, Mayfair, PFI, PPE, Premises, railways, Rightmove, Sky, Soho, Virgin

I have received interesting feedback to my blog on the way that crapband is crippling the UK's creative industry clusters in Soho and Mayfair, forcing them to relocate to those...


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...


October 28, 2013  5:15 PM

The changing face of the UK On-line World: content and security as well as infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bali, BBC, BBC iPlayer, BT, btgroup, DCMS, DPA, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, IGF, ITV, NSA, phone hacking, Sky, Virgin

My previous blog has been criticised for not distinguishing between the narrow thinking of BDUK when it comes to rural broadband and the broader perspective of DCMS at large. The...


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 15, 2013  12:42 PM

BT to give FTTP in Dolphinholme but not FTTC to Smithfield

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, cumbria, Dolphinholme, FTTP, Google, Lancashire, liberty, London, O2, Ofcom, Sky, Smithfield, Stockholme, Stokab, Virgin, Vodafone

In whose interest is it for BT to offer a short order, fibre solution to the premises solution to a community in rural Lancashire (I have had a geography lesson since I first posted this entry) that is too remote for fibre to the cabinet, in order to match the timescale offered by a local...


July 9, 2013  10:46 PM

How rural is Smithfield (London EC1)? Where is final 10% which is “uneconomic” for BT?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, ADSL, Broadband, btgroup, Faraday, Fleet, fttc, London, Monument, Ofcom, SamKnows, SDSL, Shoreditch, Smithfield, Virgin, Wapping

I was recently contacted by a small firm in the heart of London, under pressure from customers who wanted it to do far more on-line, asking why...


June 30, 2013  8:42 AM

How vulnerable is your broadband? Why BT and Virgin should be referred to Competition Commission

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Birmingham, btgroup, Ofcom, Virgin, Virgin Media

I am a happy customer for BT Infinity but have no intention of scrapping the Sky Subscription that I took out when my Cable TV service failed shortly before Christmas (some years ago) and nobody fixed it. A recent BBC news article...

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June 20, 2013  12:12 PM

The Entries for my conspiracy theory competition are beginning to come in

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Bilderberg, Birmingham, BT, Data protection, DCMS, Illuminati, outsource, PFI, Prism, Virgin

Yesterday I offered a bottle of Ledaig for the best conspiracy theories related to the mass media cover for


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