* Posts by AGeezer

8 posts • joined 20 Sep 2019

UK's Superfast Broadband programme delivered value for money, says report, just don't ask about rural deployments


Its all about the money...

Rural or not rural it does not matter. Superfast will be rolled where they can then generate the most revenue/profit first, that is to the cabinets that are full of subscribers (wires, customers). Then they will roll out to other cabinets based on their subscriber count, ensuring that they can make as much profit, as early as possible. Remember the government, therefore the taxpayer, therefore you, are funding this profiteering; does this sound like state sponsorship to anyone? I have been considering trying out a freedom on information request to prove this out…

Obviously, I have an axe to grind here. I am not rural, 800 meters from the exchange, copper connected to a cabinet with 30-40 subscribers in my road, surrounded by many other streets benefiting from Superfast/FTTC, and the only option I have is good old ADSL – yes, I have looked at the Gigabit voucher scheme and USO, neither are options.

Ryuk this for a game of soldiers: Ransomware-flingers actively targeting hospitals in the US, cyber agencies warn


Re: Risky strategy?

It could easily be considered as a terrorist threat, and much worse. I believe there is a case in Germany where they are treating ransomware attacks as Murder. If this extends to multiple deaths, who knows it could be considered Genocide.

Either way, targeting healthcare like this is the lowest of the low, I can only hope that they are denied urgent medical treatment as a result of their own ransomware attack.

UK's National Audit Office warns full-fibre rollout strategy is leaving rural Britain behind. Again


What does "not commercially viable" mean?

By way of an investment into the country's future tax payers money has been used to subsidise BT to roll out superfast broadband, BT has then cherrypicked which cabinets they enable for superfast broadband, the remaining cabinets leave their subscribers hanging due to it being "not commercially viable". We are given the impression that all of these "not commercially viable" cabinets are in rural areas, check some of the the maps they are not, many appear to be cabinets installed in support of a new property development in reasonably urban areas.

I would like to see a list of all cabinets with how many properties are served by each cabinet, where they are located, their superfast broadband status, and how many broadband subscribers they serve. This should not be too hard for the likes of Openreach to provide, or Ofcom/NAO to request. Perhaps this has not happened as the result would look very much like state sponsorship of BT. Anyone know how to approach this with a Freedom of Information (FoI) request?

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year




They have not finished their last rollouts yet! Those with fast internet access will now be able to get faster access. I do not live out in the stix, SL5 postcode, and do not have superfast BB even though I am on a cabinet and less than 1Km from the exchange.

Perhaps they could stop patting themselves on the back and finish the rollouts that were supposed to be complete a decade ago!


Move fast and break stuff, Windows Terminal style: Final update before release will nix your carefully crafted settings


Re: Really!?

I think we all know that its the third release of anything from Microsoft for it to become useful and usable. Perhaps we should way for release 3.0.


Re: How about a poll?

0 | 1; Great arguments both ways. They are about to release their first release as 1.0. Should the first version be 0.0?

You better get a wiggle on then: BT said to be mulling switching off UK's copper internets by 2027


They have not finished the last rollout yet!

The last government sponsored programme to rollout out Superfast BB is still incomplete, should they not finish that first. It seems like another government funded BT project which will overrun and be redefined so that they can claim victory when its 95% done.

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images



Are they now due a large fine from the ICO with 14 days to pay?


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