Category Archives: Broadband

Manifesto Myopia and Digital Promises

As electioneering resumes after a respectful pause for sombre reflection all Parties will have considered how to adapt their messages. Some will resolutely stick to promises already published.  Others will reshuffle priorities. Mid-campaign adjustments that might otherwise have been scornfully dismissed as U-Turns may now be treated with more tolerance in this second chapter.  The… Read More »

What is the ASA Up To?

FISP has long-held that broadband marketing practice in the UK needs an overhaul. We’ve been encouraged to believe that pressure on the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to reconsider their judgements is evident from Ministerial responses to questions posed at conferences and seminars. The Consumer organisation ‘Which?’ has pursued the topic with some vigour and now,… Read More »

Digital Platforms – the German Policy Perspective

The White Paper produced by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy makes for fascinating reading. This is the equivalent of the UK’s Treasury taking over the reigns of digital policy and recognising that digital platforms are not some subset of industrial or cultural policy. In an economy renowned for for its manufacturing… Read More »

Another Day, Another Nail

Not a good week for BT & Partners. Monday’s news of fines by Ofcom and promises of compensation for wholesale customers included a supplement for regulatory obstruction. The confirmation today that the long-term downward trend in complaints about Broadband and Phone-lines has stalled will not ease the pain. BT shareholders, however, reacted positively to the fine for… Read More »

Fighting for a Gigabit Society

The prospects and implications of Gigabit connectivity are demanding serious attention. In the European Parliament and here in the UK the gloves are off. Combatants are climbing into the ring. Referees are calling for a fair fight. The danger is that silo thinking, with far too much concentration on the health of the telecom industry… Read More »

Local Government Association – 5G everywhere, please

Responding to the £16 million to trial new 5G technology and £200 million for local broadband projects announced in today’s Spring Budget, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, said: “The Government says 5G technology has the potential to make Britain a global leader in mobile digital connectivity. As such, we… Read More »

Shows some small improvements but could do far better

In the annual Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) the ranking of the UK has now slipped to 7th place.   In these Digital Transformation stakes the metrics show improvement in all areas – but still the UK is overtaken by faster improving EU States. As with so many of these multi-factor indices it is not the… Read More »

Goodbye Digital – Hello Transformation

The long-promised UK Government’s Digital Strategy has finally arrived – and it’s a Transformation Strategy. FISP raises two and a half hearty cheers. New brooms at DCMS, BEIS and HM Treasury have swept the stables clean of mouldering muck and provided fresh straw. And in that sweeter air we are urged to fill our lungs… Read More »