16 Aug 2012
The “Vital Vision” propaganda promoted and now withdrawn from the BT website (google it) laid out a plan that was implemented for a decade. The government and many other organisations (NHS Trusts, police, Fire Service, schools, councils) were treated to this brainwashing over the years, wined and dined by the bottomless marketing budget of the incumbent, and are now incapable of making rational decisions because they don't listen to anyone else.
The altnets like Gigaclear and Vtesse don’t stand a chance of any funding or support, and it all goes to BT to patch up the phone network and keep their shareholders happy. Peter Cochrane is right to expose it, and to keep on exposing it until someone listens (Former BT CTO slams UK’s ‘visionless’ broadband plans). The Lords listened. Maybe their input will make the Commons listen, too.
Of course, BT shouldn’t be forced to do anything, it is a private company, but by the same token it shouldn’t be subsidised to upgrade assets it has neglected over the years.
It’s time to light the fibre to the altnets, and bring competition and market forces into play – to build a truly digital britain for all.