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Broadband chiefs fire back at PM's full-fibre internet pledge



 
 
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Old August 3rd 19, 10:27 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Java Jive
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Default Broadband chiefs fire back at PM's full-fibre internet pledge

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Broadband chiefs fire back at PM's full-fibre internet pledge

By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor

3 August 2019

The UK's telecoms industry has issued the prime minister a challenge of
its own after Boris Johnson said he wanted full-fibre broadband "for
all" by 2025.

An open letter says the target is possible, but only if the government
tackles four problems causing delays.

It adds that all of the issues must be resolved "within the next 12
months" to achieve the high-speed internet goal.

But one expert said at least one of the measures was unachievable in
that time frame.

Mr Johnson originally declared his desire to deliver the 100% rollout of
fibre-optic broadband to properties across the UK "in five years at the
outside" in an article for the Telegraph published before he won the
leadership vote.

In it, he described the government's former target of 2033 as being
"laughably unambitious".

The letter sent to 10 Downing Street lists four policies that the
industry says require urgent attention:

Planning reform - at present telecom providers need to get a type
of permission known as a "wayleave agreement" to get access to land and
buildings to install cables. But in many cases property owners are
unresponsive. The industry wants ministers to force landlords to provide
access if a tenant has requested a full-fibre or other connection be
installed
Fibre tax - the so-called tax refers to the fact that fibre
infrastructure currently has business rates applied to it, just like
other commercial property. The industry claims this discourages
investment and should be rethought
New builds - the government has carried out a consultation into
whether new-build home developments must incorporate gigabit-capable
internet connections, but has yet to publish its response. In the
meantime, the industry says too many new homes are still being developed
without provision for fibre broadband
Skills - a large number of engineers will be required to carry out
all the work involved. BT and Virgin Media have previously warned that
Brexit could result in labour shortages. The industry says more money
must be committed to training, and it must also be allowed to continue
to "compete for global talent"

"Nationwide full fibre coverage is not a can that can be kicked down the
road," the letter concludes.

"Work needs to start now, and 100% fibre coverage requires a 100%
commitment from government."

The letter has been signed by the chair of the Internet Services
Providers Association, the interim chief executive of the Federation of
Communication Services and the chief executive of the Independent
Networks Co-operative Association.

Their members include BT, Sky, Gigaclear, CityFibre, Hyperoptic, Virgin
Media, Google and Vodafone among many others.

"We are pleased industry shares our ambition to turbo-charge the economy
by delivering world-class, gigabit-capable broadband across the country
as soon as possible," said a spokesman for the department.

"The government is committed to creating the right opportunities for
investment and speeding up the rollout of the required digital
infrastructure."

He declined to comment specifically on the four demands, but indicated
that a more detailed response would be given later.

[...]

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49209013
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Old August 3rd 19, 05:49 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default Broadband chiefs fire back at PM's full-fibre internet pledge

So nothing is going to happen, then.

Business as usual, back to sleep everybody...

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Old August 3rd 19, 09:34 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default Broadband chiefs fire back at PM's full-fibre internet pledge

On Saturday, 3 August 2019 10:27:18 UTC+1, Java Jive wrote:
"""
Broadband chiefs fire back at PM's full-fibre internet pledge

By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor

3 August 2019

The UK's telecoms industry has issued the prime minister a challenge of
its own after Boris Johnson said he wanted full-fibre broadband "for
all" by 2025.

An open letter says the target is possible, but only if the government
tackles four problems causing delays.

It adds that all of the issues must be resolved "within the next 12
months" to achieve the high-speed internet goal.

But one expert said at least one of the measures was unachievable in
that time frame.

Mr Johnson originally declared his desire to deliver the 100% rollout of
fibre-optic broadband to properties across the UK "in five years at the
outside" in an article for the Telegraph published before he won the
leadership vote.

In it, he described the government's former target of 2033 as being
"laughably unambitious".

The letter sent to 10 Downing Street lists four policies that the
industry says require urgent attention:

Planning reform - at present telecom providers need to get a type
of permission known as a "wayleave agreement" to get access to land and
buildings to install cables. But in many cases property owners are
unresponsive. The industry wants ministers to force landlords to provide
access if a tenant has requested a full-fibre or other connection be
installed
Fibre tax - the so-called tax refers to the fact that fibre
infrastructure currently has business rates applied to it, just like
other commercial property. The industry claims this discourages
investment and should be rethought
New builds - the government has carried out a consultation into
whether new-build home developments must incorporate gigabit-capable
internet connections, but has yet to publish its response. In the
meantime, the industry says too many new homes are still being developed
without provision for fibre broadband
Skills - a large number of engineers will be required to carry out
all the work involved. BT and Virgin Media have previously warned that
Brexit could result in labour shortages. The industry says more money
must be committed to training, and it must also be allowed to continue
to "compete for global talent"

"Nationwide full fibre coverage is not a can that can be kicked down the
road," the letter concludes.

"Work needs to start now, and 100% fibre coverage requires a 100%
commitment from government."

The letter has been signed by the chair of the Internet Services
Providers Association, the interim chief executive of the Federation of
Communication Services and the chief executive of the Independent
Networks Co-operative Association.

Their members include BT, Sky, Gigaclear, CityFibre, Hyperoptic, Virgin
Media, Google and Vodafone among many others.

"We are pleased industry shares our ambition to turbo-charge the economy
by delivering world-class, gigabit-capable broadband across the country
as soon as possible," said a spokesman for the department.

"The government is committed to creating the right opportunities for
investment and speeding up the rollout of the required digital
infrastructure."

He declined to comment specifically on the four demands, but indicated
that a more detailed response would be given later.

[...]

"""

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49209013


Slapping business rates on fibre was insane. OK the cabinets on the pavement should pay something, but all this dies is encourage the ISP's to install fibre and say nowt.

I bit like a daft law in Scotland in the 1960's that if they found out you had installed central heating they put your rates up...
 




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