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Monday, September 10, 2007

UK Fibre - Political Pressure Starts

I have managed to get my hands on a few tickets on what promises to be a lively debate around “Next Generation Broadband Britain” presented by the Broadband Stakeholder Group on Tuesday September 18th at 6:30pm @ The Commonwealth Club in WC2, London.

The debate features Rt Hon. Mr Stephen Timms MP - Minister of State for Competitiveness, Kip Meek - Chair of Broadband Stakeholder Group and Antony Walker - CEO of Broadband Stakeholder Group addressing the following key questions:
  • why the UK lags with fibre deployment?
  • is UK competitiveness negatively impacted and what is its "public-value"? and,
  • how and who pays?
This debate is the start of a campaign which coincides with a new report from OFCOM "Next Generation Access" expected in October.

Personally, I believe there is no more important communications question facing the UK than “How can UK plc finance FTTH?” and it appears that this view is starting to gain a little momentum.

If you require a seat (or two) email me - first come, first served for the tickets…