I recently posted an article about whether structural separation is a good thing or not in the UK, and the likely impact it will have on regulatory reform. The post was prompted by a lunch with Benoit Felton on his way to present his ideas at the Reform Club in London. His 16-minute presentation is […]
I had an lunch this week with Benoît Felten which, as always, was interesting and thought provoking. Part of the discussion naturally strayed onto Ofcom’s question about structural separation in their recent Strategic Review. What I took away from the chat was that whatever Ofcom concludes, just asking the question should result in a fundamental change […]
It’s a story I’ve told before but when the Irish Government Minister announced the liberalisation of their telecoms market in the 90’s he remarked that it was ironic that his first action in deregulating was to create a regulator. He went on to say that the mark of a successful regulator was one that understood it was a […]
When Ofcom announced is Strategic Review it included an innocent question asking everyone to consider if BT should be broken-up, so call Structural Separation. Recently a number of major ISPs published an open letter saying that this should be given careful consideration and that they favoured a referral to the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA). Their position […]
Lincolnshire’s Bryn Davies asked the B4RL Facebook group the question: “Will it help us get better broadband into rural areas if BT is split from BT Openreach?”. At the time I posted a quick response to the effect “probably not” but Facebook comments don’t really give the space to properly answer a question like this. […]
The debate about whether the Chancellor should tax broadband services to fund investments in the very hardest to reach areas of the UK is back again. As a concept it’s been doing the rounds for some years (Labour proposed a 50p tax in their 2010 manifesto) and it’s not unique to the UK (the US has […]
As a bit of Friday fun I’ve re-run my 3D model on parts of Lancashire to see what the landscape looks like when you have B4RN Towers alongside the low-rise living of ordinary broadband users.