A very interesting development in our government's BDUK approach from Jeremy Hunt to extending the broadband speeds available in urban areas to rural Kent.

I mentioned in another post the Wispa, Welsh ISP, petition against "up to" advertising. Ofcom has in April 2012 (better late than never) mandated that all ISPs advertise speeds which a minimum of 10% of their users actually GET. This has reduced "up to 24Mbps" to "up to 16 Mbps" - very telling, without adding the rural factor to the equation.

Something I've always believed, that anything less than FIBRE to the premises is not a solution to the urban/rural broadband divide created by commercial interests, won't do. Yet our government appears ready to gamble our money on BT (or Fujitsu, maybe) - yes, the incumbent who appears bereft of capability or desire to deliver. The short sighted approach of extending the life of our copper in the ground with unpredictable performance, limited bandwidth, and shareholder driven price points may not appeal to everyone. We're 24th in the world for broadband value, ugh. Until now, our government and BT have let us down. Why will this change?


omeone with sufficient funding to take on the bully in the market, is now doing so. Odds are against them, but it should be fun to watch the brawl.