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New EU data protection rules highlight privacy paradox

Posted by Monica Horten on April 15, 2016

The European Parliament has adopted a data protection package  that is being described as ‘historic’ and monumental’.  The new EU measures  update data protection rules for the era of the Internet and social media, including the use of data by  police  and law enforcement. The hot buttons have been the transfer of data outside the […]

Out for a duct: is there a flaw in fibre to the home strategy?

Posted by Monica Horten on March 21, 2016

Is fibre to the premises based on a false premise?  The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, is proposing a strategic shift to fibre optic networks to carry our broadband services. A key plank of the strategy is that British Telecom (BT ) should open up its ducts to competitive broadband providers in order to get fibre […]

Static on the line means uncertainty for broadband industry in wake of Ofcom review

Posted by Monica Horten on March 10, 2016

As the UK regulator, Ofcom, wags its finger at BT, the UK broadband industry remains in a state of uncertainty. What prospect is there for a strategic leap to super-fast broadband as a national ‘right’?

What future for BT Openreach?

Posted by Monica Horten on February 24, 2016

What should be done with Openreach? Tomorrow Ofcom will present its conclusions from a review of the UK telecoms industry. In advance of the Ofcom announcement, this post considers some of the options. The regulator is widely  tipped to take a cautious ‘leave it as it is’ stance.  The wider public interest question is whether   […]