So, who is Matt Hancock?

Posted on Jul 21 2016 | Make a comment

We certainly can’t take all the credit, but Ed Vaizey was unceremoniously dumped from his role as Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy last Friday evening. His replacement is the MP for West Suffolk, Matt Hancock.

Representing West Suffolk since 2010, and serving as George Osborne’s chief of staff before that, Mr Hancock isn’t a complete neophyte when it comes to politics. But what of that subject so close to our hearts? Is he likely to be any better at promoting connectivity issues and engaging with the industry than his predecessor?

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Ethernet Provisioning: What to expect when you’ve submitted your order

Posted on Jul 19 2016 | Make a comment

You recognise the value of Ethernet connectivity to your business and appreciate its technological superiority for your customers, but do you really understand what happens once you’ve submitted your order? Can you answer your customers’ questions on delivery timescales or set expectations about wayleave? If you answered ‘no’ to just one of these questions, then our latest eBook is a must-read!

Not only does our Guide to Provisioning detail what we’ll do once you’ve submitted your Ethernet order, it also outlines all of the steps that are taken to successfully implement it – regardless of whether it’s a Leased Line, Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) or Generic Ethernet Access (GEA). Helpfully it also describes anything that could potentially cause a delay, allowing you to set your customers’ expectations from the outset.

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An open letter to Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Posted on Jul 12 2016 | Make a comment

Rt Hon Theresa May,

Congratulations on your forthcoming new role as Prime Minister. We’ve not always seen eye-to-eye (what’s an over-intrusive Investigatory Powers Bill between friends?) but, as you reflect on who will be in your Cabinet, we’d urge you to give due consideration to the future Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. The incumbent, Ed Vaizey MP, has – in our opinion – not been effective in this position due to a lack of experience (his own website describes him as being more artsy than technical) and failing to engage adequately with the industry on crucial matters.

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Digital Economy Bill: More empty promises from DCMS

Posted on Jul 07 2016 | Make a comment

The Digital Economy Bill – first outlined by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament –  has now been introduced to Parliament and it has made for some fairly interesting reading. However the concerns that we raised back in May haven’t been assuaged.

“Universal” Service Obligation

Let’s take the Universal Service Obligation (USO) for starters. The Bill Overview Factsheet says:

“What are we going to do?

  • Empower consumers and provide better connectivity so that everyone has access to broadband wherever they live”.
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Update 2 – Could new data protection rules mean the end of SMEs?

Posted on Jul 05 2016 | Make a comment

Yesterday Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Minister for Data Protection, gave a speech at the Privacy Laws & Business 29th International Conference held at St. John’s College in Cambridge outlining the UK Government’s perspective on the EU data protection package.

In essence, she outlined that any country outside of the EU – including the UK – wanting or needing to either share data with EU Member States or handle EU citizens’ data will need to gain an ‘adequacy status’ to do so. This ‘adequacy status’ is essentially an approval from the EU that the applicant country has data protection policies and practices in place that are equal to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to enter into force on the 25th May 2018.

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