Category Archives: Regulation

The cost of cutting copper continues to fall

The old and long-discredited estimate that full fibre would cost the UK £28bn has finally been reduced to between 3 to 6 £bn. The comparison is not entirely fair (it doesn’t tackle the entire job) but this new lower estimate is now paraded as a ‘massive’ cost that will, eventually, fall on consumers. The new estimate does not… Read More »

RWT or maybe it was FNF

Whether it was a sticky coin slot or its inability to cope with bent pennies, by the time the maintenance technician arrived, Button B had returned the money and the would-be caller had long since gone looking for an alternative phone box. ‘Fault Not Found’ or ‘Right When Tested’, written on the report. NFA –… Read More »

Astonishing, but true! BT Consults on Demand for Full Fibre.

BT today launched a consultation with industry to determine if demand exists for future-proofed Full Fibre (FTTP).  It seems that BT has observed that OPEX savings (and service reliability) might be of value. The very gradual reorientation of BT’s strategy away from copper dependence (asset utilisation) toward investment in a digital future has marked three decades of… Read More »

Delivering a More Independent Openreach

Today’s statement from OFCOM will be of interest to all concerned with the future development of the UK’s digital infrastructure. Critics may immediately puzzle over the headline use of ‘more’ rather than ‘completely’, and it is clear that the transition towards any fresh infrastructure strategy will take time to emerge. Meanwhile the government remains keen to… Read More »

Fresh Out of Excuses: dealing with sins of sub-standard design

FISP today submitted its response to the Advertising Standards Authority consultation on broadband speed claims. The ASA has come under increasing political pressure to adapt its (somewhat soft) rulings on broadband advertising.  Over the past two decades it has become increasing clear that many service designs can only be sold with a high degree of… Read More »

Roaming Charging Countered by Caps

As the EU celebrates the end of a long and winding journey to eliminate mobile roaming charges across the EU, consumers will find that Operators have found revenue rewarding routes around the promised land. TelecomTV debates the new strictures on ‘fair use’, Usage Caps and so-called ‘Unlimited Data Plans’ that may well leave the unwary… Read More »

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 »

The New Oil?

In this week’s Economist (the UK-based weekly magazine) the cover illustration heralds a leader column describing Data as the new Oil. The parallel is not entirely sound – a natural resource that could eventually be exhausted is very different from new resources that are multiplying – but, suggests the author, governments should be concerned about the impotence… 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 »