...when do the DNS look-ups get moved to the NSA bunker?
And what, if anything, does this actually mean for VM customers?
US cable giant Liberty Global has completed its takeover of Virgin Media in a $24bn (£15.5bn) cash deal. VM boss Neil Berkett - now £42m richer - has been replaced by one-time News Corp man Tom Mockridge. The telco's new CEO told the city that he was glad to be "joining the company at this important inflection point in its …
What does it mean to VM Customers?
ALL the data relating to your phone calls made in the UK plus all the webspages you visit, plus all your IM chat plus what TV shows you watch is now controlled by a US Company and subject to US laws and intercept by the FEDS(who given recent releases care little about US Laws anyway) and there is sod all you or HMG can do about it.
Get ready for the Black Helicopters and loads of FED in beige raincoats to come knocking/kicking in your door if you step out of the line that Uncle Sam is drawing in the sand.
Paranoid? Yep, you bet.
They are, so we should be as well. They don't care who they trample on all in the name of keeping the US safe from us Aliens (viz, all non US citizens are terrorists).
Virgin Media (AKA NTL on the US markets) always was a US company.
NTL were in and out of chapter 11 more than once. They had a shit name so paid the beardie one for the use of the Virgin brand. Nothing changed behind the scenes, only difference apart from the branding was that the beardie one got richer for doing bugger all.
tl;dr no change, NTL always was a US company so customers have always been subject to NSA monitoring....
They bought the Virgin Mobile business (which IIRC is/was just a virtual T-Mobile service?).
I think you'll find that the Virgin parent company gets paid a fee each year to allow NTL-Telewest-Virgin Mobile to use the brand. I expect that will change in the next couple of years but for now the beardie one does get paid a royalty fee for the use of the name.
>" important inflection point in its development"
Inflection point The point on a curve where it's curvature changes sign. E.g. from negative to positive, or from positive to negative
So presuming that until now VM has been on the up (as it's 6 month share price history would indicate), it sounds like this guy has realised it's peaked and now is planning to manage it into the ground.
Odd way to do business,
Maybe the new Chief Exec will sort out at least the following:
1) the great email domain name rationalisation débacle, which was due to be sorted out several years ago, and so postponed that it doesn't even seem to be mentioned in the forums recently (has everyone forgotten the broken promises?)
2) the partly-working SuperHub scandal, successive firmware levels each making matters slightly better, but still wireless is not completely sorted. Perhaps the new SuperHub will be the answer (once everyone gets it - free?)
3) completely-UK-based Customer Support. Fortunately it's been a few years since I've needed to talk to Customer Services...
Thank heaven VM broadband usually works.
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