It’s Friday afternoon and the first time this week I have been able to sit down and blog, this time about broadband miscellany. It could be a full time activity if I had the time as so much stuff passes my way.
I note that Minister for Communications Ed Vaizey has been demonstrating his politcal sidestepping skills by answering MP Tom Watson’s request for a definition of “super fast broadband” with:
“Super fast broadband means broadband of sufficient speed and quality to deliver the services that will lead to Britain having the best broadband network in Europe. The technology used to deliver this could be fixed or wireless but will represent a significant upgrade on today’s fixed and wireless networks.”
I’m not really criticising Ed Vaizey. He is a professional. From a technical perspective though that isn’t a definition.
Mr Vaizey went on to answer a question by Andrew Percy MP regarding the UK’s plans to expand the provision of broadband in rural areas. We just have to get on with this but we also need to stop messing about with the idea that 2Mbps is a sensible interim step. It is a complete waste of time.
You only have to look at what is happening with Fibrestream in Ashby de la Launde. Fibrestream is putting 100Mbps FTTP into the village. The project is viable because the villagers themselves are doing most of the digging. It can be done.
PS It’s the Ashby De La Launde Fete this weekend. I’m going. See you there?