|Haslemere Hall, the venue for|
today's local talkfest
The cowboys? Contenders are Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the government department who allocated only £1.5m to Surrey (there are far more worthy countys, apparently) and the big ISPs, who seem incapable of delivering broadband projects at an affordable rate (considering they will take the mix of public money from Surrey/BDUK for laying the cables, yet still make money leasing the lines and connectivity back to customers).
|Jeremy Hunt MP (speaking) with Abigail Harrison (Digital Surrey),|
Andrew Povey (Surrey CC) and Robert Knowles (Waverley BC)
And Ofcom. Or more precisely, the big mobile networks; who, according to Jeremy Hunt, are very litigious. It seems the big corporations currently making a buck from our soon-to-be obsolete mobile phone network have a vested interest in delaying the roll-out of the next generation system which should see rural mobile broadband coverage rates significantly increase, with real-world download speeds of 14Mbps with a following wind.
Why? Because 4G is data centric, and recent market studies consistently show profits from data have plummeted across all mobile network operators. The incumbents see data as a low-profit offering.