Category Archives: infrastructure

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 »

Broken threads in the competitive canvas?

For wholesale connectivity, Ofcom’s Ethernet charge control will deliver wholesale prices that are approximately 50% cheaper after a three-year period. Good news?  Maybe not. Everyone (except perhaps BT) would welcome greater competition – especially in the wholesale connectivity market. Competition here would surely feed through to retailers and thence to end-users. Not only that, competition… Read More »

Norwegian would

Scandinavian countries have a habit of investing early and leap-frogging the more cautious.  As with Mobile and then Full Fibre, so it will be with all manner of networked things. Across three cities and  available free of charge to Norwegian entrepreneurs and students, Telenor’s ‘Start IoT’ hopes to support entrepreneurship, boost innovation and help with building… 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 »

Transformative Projects – pinpointing real needs

So many angles. So many pointers. Such good timing. It is difficult to know where to start. So we begin by offering thanks and congratulations to Public Health England and the Local Government Association.  ‘Health and wellbeing in rural areas’ is not a report destined to sit on bookshelves, ignored or forgotten. Sometimes, in the… 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 »

Inclusive Growth – an economy working for everyone

For an Observatory whose perspective is coloured by tech-tinted spectacles, detailed comments on the work of economists are relatively infrequent. FISP does however routinely highlight the economic impacts of digital infrastructure provisions – or lack thereof. Our comments on the recent RSA report ‘Inclusive Growth Commission’ arise from a less-technological and more societal viewpoint. Our… Read More »