As Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s Digital Champion makes her maiden speech in the House of Lords about digital inclusion and the economic benefits of having Internet access, one village in Yorkshire is fighting to get next generation broadband. E RADAR’s Will Roebuck sets out the case for Shepley Broadband. Shepley will always be a special […]
In the 18th and 19th Centuries Birmingham, particularly Digbeth and the Jewelry Quarter, was at the heart of the UK’s communications infrastructure, from canals through to railways to the ports of Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton as well as to London. The failure of BT and Virgin to give them similar global connectivity today is bad enough, to prevent others from doing so is …..
But they will not be sorted and the consequent benefits will not be reaped unless those responsible have to report progress to those with the authority to resolve cross-boundary problems and not "just" to their own Permanent Secretary, with Cabinet Office trying to "co-ordinate". I look forward to hearing good news on this front in the New Year.
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.
Local Government’s attempts to respond to a 28% cut in funding are gathering pace ; pooling residual in-house expertise rather than hiring in consultants with no experience of delivering value for money in a public sector environment.
The Government has published an updated National Infrastructure Plan. This contains major commitments to improve the UK’s transport and broadband networks as well as steps to attract major new private sector investment. The plan sets out: A clear plan for the UK’s infrastructure A new strategy for coordinating public and private investment New investment in […]