the Liberty take-over should cause us to take a new look at the UK Broadband and Communications markets (business as well as entertainment) – as seen through market eyes rather than the current mix of regulatory myopia and political tunnel vision.
Inspector Barnaby’s wife, however, blamed the blogger who first suggested that Government should devolve planning decisions on broadband to local communities. It was not as though he did not know what he doing.
Then there is the interplay between the various management (alias queuing) systems used to ration the capacity of the physical (copper, fire or wireless) channels over which traffic flows. Here we see much specious argument about net neutrality or lack of demand between those who want to see investment (by others) to remove bottlenecks and those who wish a return on (their) past investment.
| Number of views :132You may recall that last year, the Commission proposed EU funding for high-speed broadband and digital public services, the “Digital Connecting Europe Facility”. That funding could mean over 45 million extra households…
The ability to demonstrate progress in delivering services, not just promises, may be sufficient to tip the balance in those broadband notspots where the consequent educational and economic are as big a problem as social exclusion.
hope that the release of the progress report indicates that the new Minister is clearing the decks for a shared (with other departments including Treasury) policy review which sees ubquitous broadband (mobile as well as fixed) as one of the four cornerstones of a 21st century infrastructure.
Number of views :225(Ewan McIntosh the CEO of NoTosh Limited, provides this second-last of the summer guest posts to my blog.)
Pervasive broadband isn’t just about digging up roads. It’s about digging up the reason why, too
I, like many ot…
The UK is better placed than most of the rest of Europe for a market-driven, investment led, infrastructure revolution. But are ministers more concerned to protect current incumbents than to set them free to compete against world class players? And which policy is more likely to not only give Britain the best Broadband in Europe by 2015 but ensure that is maintained as we move towards the infrastructures needed for smart cities and the Internet of Things?
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 …
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(This is the second of the August crowd-sourced blog posts, by Chris Condor from Broadband 4 the Rural North project in England)
Here in the rural areas of the United Kingdom we have waited patiently for broadband to reach us. We ha…