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Whitehall


May 5, 2014  10:10 AM

City Centre creative Industries crippled by crapband as the rural revolution begins to gather pace

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, BDUK, Bloomsbury, Broadband, bskyb, BT, Crapband, DCMS, Dunkerton, fibre, Fitzrovia, Fluidata, Gigaclear, Inca, Mayfair, Ofcom, Ravenstondale, Salford, Shoreditch, Soho, Underriver, Viacom, Whitehall

My recent blog entry on the way BT is cutting its spend on broadband  roll-out in order to fund its price war on content triggered some interesting feedback. I was told that...

April 26, 2014  7:49 AM

Is BT postponing broadband roll out to fund a content price war?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Barnsley, BDUK, Broadband, Bromsgrove, bskyb, Fluidata, government, Holborn, Inca, Ofcom, PAC, roll-out, Wapping, Whitehall

When I blogged last July on the way that BT was delaying the roll out of fibre to cabinet to inner city areas and locations with a majority of business lines, the exchanges for


March 27, 2013  1:16 PM

Whitehall Department to mandate support for a failed procurement service – yet again

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
economy, government, Home Office, police, Procurement, Whitehall

The Home Office response to the...


June 22, 2012  2:12 PM

Who is making the bigger cuts: Whitehall or its Outsource Suppliers?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, cuts, Eurim, G-Cloud, PSN, Public sector, Whitehall

A number of commentators seem to think that future cuts in the Civil Services will lead to an increase in outside business and influence ....


June 15, 2012  6:26 AM

Can the BDUK framework survive Birmingham and Cumbria on top of Westminster?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Birmingham, Broadband, BT, btgroup, cumbria, DCMS, Labour, Leveson, Olympic, Olympics, Sky, Vodafone, Westminster, Whitehall

Ian Grant's latest Broken Telegraph post indicates that the BDUK framework has finally run its course, having delayed the roll out of rural broadband until after Olympics. Whether or not...


February 9, 2012  1:01 PM

Who is trying to join up the policies – PSN, BDUK, Cybersecurity, Big Society, etc?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, CPNI, DCMS, local government, PSN, Public sector, Whitehall, Y2K

I have just been browsing the Guardian Computing debate last week on "Can problems with the PSN be overcome?" and was struck by one of the comments -


February 3, 2012  11:54 AM

A great opportunity to create a merged UK Infrastructure Ministry

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Business, DCMS, DECC, Funds, investing, Whitehall

The resignation of Chris Huhne offers a great opportunity to bring together the Departments of Energy and Transport and add in Communications which has been lost in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (now almost totally pre-occupied with the run up to the Olympics)  as a Department...


November 25, 2011  8:44 PM

Can the tribes of Whitehall implement a co-operative Cybersecurity Strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, Home Office, Private sector, Whitehall

The UK Cybersecurity Strategy announced today provides a long overdue linkage between  initiatives led and planned via Home Office, BIS, MOD, Cabinet Office,...


November 16, 2007  9:47 AM

Lions led by donkeys: the 1918 Whitehall time-capsule

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Successful Delivery, Whitehall

Last week, in describing the challenge of moving towards citizen-centric service delivery, Sir David Varney reminded his audience that the current structure of Whitehall dates back to 1918, when Lloyd George's coalition government decided to organise the post World-War 1 public services in vertical...


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