Category Archives: Universality

Great Maps of Mediocrity

Eighteen months on from the FISP initiative ‘Digital for London’ (DfL) we have a flood of reports and commentary on the adequacy (or otherwise) of broadband connectivity and the lack of ambition apparent in the government consultation on a potential Universal Broadband Service Obligation. Specifically on the poverty of London’s broadband, Oliver O’Brien, a researcher… 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 »

5G means 5G

5G is an evolution – not a revolution – leastways according to 3GPP, the cellular standards group.  This is the interpretation of 3GPP’s newly specified logo.  That assertion is already being tested.  The new logo was announced on the same day as we gained insight into an advanced high speed 5G trial in Korea. Most mobile users… Read More »

Broadband Universal Service Obligation/Commitment: FISP Responds to Ofcom’s ‘Call for Input’

Following our earlier consideration of DCMS outline policy on a Broadband Universal Service Commitment, FISP today responded to Ofcom’s ‘Call For Input’ to explore how such policy might be implemented. Within FISP and its Advisory Network, the likelihood of a beneficial impact of the proposed Broadband Obligation (or Commitment) on progress towards UK-wide economic imperatives in this… Read More »

FISP response: Queen’s Speech commitment to Universal Service Obligation for Broadband

19th May 2016 Commenting on the outcome of the DCMS consultation that lies behind yesterday’s commitment to introduce a ‘right to request’ broadband service of at least 10Mb/s download speed, The Foundation for Information Society Policy observed that: The defined target speed will not meet the future needs of the UK economy And The provision… Read More »