It illustrates, however, just how vulnerable are those who seek to follow government advice and work from home or otherwise rely on on-line services – at least until such time as Ofcom focuses on its statutory priorities and enables and encourages communications supplies to compete on quality of service and not just headline price.
The market value of local access networks to dark fibre hubs in those rural areas that are uneconomic for BT and Virgin is surely below the level for rural property relief for essential services. It should therefore be relatively easy to organise a blanket exemption except where the effect is to open up serious growth opportunities. If so …
The Lords … have come up with a relatively simple way of enabling ministers to save face by focussing the BDUK framework on access and inter-operability rather than nominal speeds. However the world has moved on. The time has come for "Infrastructure UK" to purge and merge the relevant operations of DCMS, DECC and BIS and make the UK a location of choice for pension and wealth funds, not government, to pick winners.
The upside was good will and future allies. The downside has been that faced with similar problems today persist in spending time and money on competitive lobbying, while saying they lack the resources to participate in a group like EURIM which really can deliver
I will ask whether anyone is interested in helping organise an awareness campaign to change the behaviour of the app developers who condemn so many of us to be victimised, however many anti-malware products we install to slow down our systems as they fight each other for control while failing to protect us against well-targetted phishing.
This is the first games to be held in a major financial centre since 1948. The Internet will indeed have come of age if card and on-line fraud can be held to negligible amounts without seriously inconveniencing customers. Howver, the temptation, at least for Daily Telegraph readers, to carry sufficient cash to be worth mugging, in case your cards do not work, has just risen.
Given the lack of policy co-ordination and thought leadership at the centre, it is incumbent on those who wish to see economic recovery pulled through by 1930s style infrastructure investment (c.f, the building of the National Grid) to provide this themselves: whether they do so on a party political basis (e.g. via the Conservative Technology Forum) or on all all-party basis via the Information Society Alliance (EURIM) or both in parallel.
I doubt that those dealers who rigged Libor in their own interests (or that of their counterparts in other banks as part of "easing" the market) are any more, or less, (dis)honest than the average computer salesman (wanting a better deal for his customer and an easier relationship for the upgrade) – or the man in the street.
The "know your customer" requirements that get in the way of banking competition in the UK will prevent an immediate flight of business to those who still retain such operations within the UK (who?) but others will fear that other banks are now similarly vulnerable … The real lesson is, however, to do with the consequences of running down the UK IT skills base.
Is it too late, given the way that Flame is being used to exploit weaknesses at the heart of the current Internet trust system? Do ISOC, ICANN and the Internet Governance Forum still have the political backing necessary to see off the ITU and win the coming cyberwar ?
The package will remain incredible value for money, even after the price rise. At this point I should declare an interest in that I have just agreed to help the creation of the Security stream, including recruiting employers to help ensure the frameworks and contents keep pace with their evolving needs.
The CIO and CTO collegiate approach, always fitted much better with the culture of Whitehall, if the objective was to transform the delivery of public services rather than "merely" centralise power into the hands of the triumvirate of Cabinet Office, Treasury and Number 10.