A response to the Digital Britain Interim Report, 2009

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/digital-britain-the-interim-report-january-2009 In January 2009 the UK Department for Culture Media and Sport published the Digital Britain: The Interim Report, lead by former Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter, which is a ‘plan to secure Britain’s place at the forefront of the global digital economy’. The interim report contains more than 20 recommendations on: next-generation networks, universal […]

Thinktanks fill up on broadband

https://www.zdnet.com/article/analysis-think-tanks-fill-up-on-broadband/ My article ‘Thinktanks fill up on broadband’ has been published on Silicon.com [republished at ZDNet post acquisition]. The piece reviews recent thinktank and other reports on broadband, and concludes that they have a good handle on the issue, though they may be compromised by their lack of intimacy with the IT industry and the […]

TV and telephony aren’t new ideas

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2004/mar/27/guardianleaders.onlinesupplement As usual, the discussion of broadband in the Guardian leads to more BT bashing (Letters: Slowed down by having to dial up, Guardian, March 30 2004). But where are the inspiring and imaginative ideas for the use of always-on broadband? The best the Guardian Leader that prompted the debate (Leader: Revolutions in waiting, March […]

Boring broadbandwidth baloney

In ‘BT CEO responds to ‘UK worse than Japan’ criticism’ [dead] Tony Hallett, Silcon.com, March 01 2004 it is noted that: BT CEO Ben Verwaayen has hit back at criticism that broadband speeds in the UK are too slow in comparison to some parts of Scandinavia and in particular countries in the Far East… Speaking […]

Enough bandwidth already

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2003/dec/31/comment.comment Not so long ago BT was being bashed for not making broadband widely enough available. Now that it appears to have got its act together the stakes are raised to cabling the country with fibre (Leaders: Show some fibre, December 31, 2003). Of course, this is desirable and logical. But let’s get our priorities […]