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Monday, 31 December 2018

Been a looking for connectivity, again.

I seem to have a few blogs floating around. I am off searching for decent connectivity though, so I am going to restart this one....
This blog post can be read at
It has been a while since I last wrote here. B4RN and many other similar projects have taken off - the finances work, the myths have been dispelled, the rurals are connected, often to a gig symmetrical. The EU incumbents have mainly not taken off and use marketing lies to con the public - copper is fibre, superfast is wifibre (WTAF?!), and the atrocity that is publicly available USABLE wifi has been exposed, in EU and USA. (Not in Asia though...interesting....could we persuade our lot to fall on a sword for unusable connections?!))

I´ve got accustomed to 1GB for 1 euro in Morocco, available far more widely than I can find in EU equivalent areas, eg deeply rural.. USA is still tied in knots and seemingly getting nowhere fast, except with our friends in Chattanooga, LUS etc. The truth is out there, but few people have the time to look in to it. The worst bit? Politics has properly got in the way of the infrastructure needed for any sane country to function. In the first world countries anyway.....

So, I tried many years ago (Bolivia), and again last January (Argentina) and am going to give it another go....this time...Peru.

Prepare the marmalade sandwiches, Paddington....we are going in.....


Cybersavvy UK said...

No, no! Before Phil dives in.

I do not mean that every EU incumbent is guilty of mis-selling. However, the failure to educate consumers about which bit of wet string is connecting their house and what it will provide is STILL continuing.

Somehow, we are going to help consumers understand which service/tech will help them.

I thought FTTH Council would do this, but they haven´t. Yet. Nor have industry bodies such as ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) or regulators eg Ofcom.

However, nigh on 20 years ago, we (ABC - Access to Broadband Campaign) proposed to the BBC a 10 minute IT education programme at prime time. Just around Magic Roundabout time, IIRC.

I see Angelina Jolie is now about to do exactly that regarding fake news - no irony at all in this!

So, if she can do that, and the BBC have bbc1, 2, 3, 4, 5 of them must be able to, finally, put on a 10minute IT education programme (with or without a celeb), couldn´t they? Be more useful to be truthful.

Cybersavvy UK said...

I know I am going to see this as some enlightened piece of journalism in the new year. And I will laugh my socks off. 20 years and more, we have been asking you to do this for consumers. You have thrown us off every industry body (BSG, OFCOM, etc). You will adopt this soon, I promise. And we do not want or need credit, we want you to JFDI!

Cybersavvy UK said...

It is far beyond time that consumers knew what they were getting for their money. And that journalists (and hell, we have met most of the tech (and thrown into IT) journos in the western world now) rarely have consumers´ interests at heart when doing a 30 sec or even 2 min piece to camera.

Ask Rory Cellan -Jones why he has been made to report on electricity stories. The BBC, and every other news channel, is held to ransom by the funders aka advertisers. All of our stories are spiked by these companies. BBC is no less caught up in the funding issue than any other media org. It´s just less obvious than a Pizza advert between programmes.