Today the Broadband Stakeholder Group issues its response to the recent DCMS Consultation on Broadband Siting requirements which closes this Wednesday 13 March. (more…)
Last week saw the launch of the DCMS Consultation on the proposal that, for five years, broadband street cabinets and new poles can be installed under permitted development rights in any location (except SSSIs) without the need for prior approval from local planning authorities. The full Consultation document can be found here.
The timing comes as the delivery of the Government’s ambition to have the best superfast network in Europe by 2015 rolls on. The consultation cites that for any one location it is expected that superfast broadband could create between £143 million and £19.8 billion in additional GVA, and we’ll certainly be keeping a close eye on this. (more…)
The BSG has submitted its response to the DCMS consultation on the implementation of the AVMS Directive.
Broadly, the BSG makes three key points:
- clarification is required to ensure that the scope of services covered by the Directive is appropriate, and not too broad
- existing co- and self-regulatory schemes need to be examined, and industry encouraged to take a leading role in developing any additional co- or self-regulatory schemes
- the government should revise its view on product placement and consider introducing some of the permitted derogations
BSG has submitted its response to BIS” passive infrastructure sharing discussion paper.
The response draws upon the work of BSG”s Passive Infrastructure Working Group, and discussion with wider stakeholders. The response says: (more…)
BSG has released a new position paper, ‘approach to government intervention in the deployment of next generation broadband’.
The paper provides a view on how the new coalition government should think about intervention in the deployment of NGA in the UK. There are many uncertainties and unknowns in the debate, and as the new government develops its broadband policy, it is important that the issues raised in this paper are considered and addressed should the government decide to intervene.
The paper also incorporates BSG’s response to the previous government’s next generation fund consultation, and its review of the fibre cost model.
BSG is calling for evidence and data from the industry that would assist it in revising the fibre cost model, published in September 2008 as an input to the Caio Review.
BSG wishes to test whether the underlying assumptions and conclusions regarding costs set out in the report are still valid, or whether they should be revised in light of industry developments. This will inform its response to the government’s Next Generation Fund consultation. (more…)
In its response to HM Treasury on the proposed Landline Duty the BSG has warned that the government’s proposed approach risked closing the door on wireless delivery of next generation broadband; it is important that this issue is resolved before the duty is passed by Parliament
The BSG has responded to the DCMS consultation on whether or not to allow product placement on television.
The BSG supports the introduction of product placement in the UK. As traditional ad revenues and business models come under challenge as the result of the convergence of digital media, it is important that the industry can explore the potential commercial benefit of product placement to ensure sustained investment in content.
The BSG recognises the concern that any introduction of product placement does not lead to negative outcomes for consumers. However we believe the protections required of the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, which allows the UK to permit product placement for some types of programmes, will be sufficient to ensure that consumers are protected and are armed with the information they need to make informed choices.
BSG today submitted its response to the government’s consultation on overhead deployment of telecommunications cables. The key points from the response are:
- Permitting new overhead distribution could have a significant impact on the investment case in some locations; however, it is unlikely to be a panacea for rural deployment.
- Due to a number of factors, it is unlikely that increased aerial deployment would be beneficial in urban areas; it is likely that the benefit would predominantly be for rural deployments.
- In terms of the impact on the ‘final third’, indicative analysis suggests that up to 1m homes could be brought into the market-led first two-thirds of homes.
- Visual amenity is an issue that should be considered; however, government will need to consider the trade-off between improved communications infrastructure and the impact on the visual amenity of a locality.
- Access to existing infrastructure that can support aerial deployment should also be considered by government as part of this exercise.
BSG has submitted a response to the BBC Trust’s second consultation on Project Canvas, following the publication of further information regarding the project over the summer.
The response highlights that Canvas would have a significant impact on the UK communications market as a whole; BSG can envisage a range of both positive and negative scenarios for this impact. Therefore, the BBC Trust should be aware of the broader commercial environment in which Canvas is being proposed and the issues that will inform companies’ commercial strategies and reactions to Canvas. (more…)
The BSG today submitted a report to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee as part of their inquiry in to digital inclusion in Wales.
Focusing on broadband availability and take-up, including the prospects for next generation broadband, the report highlights the challenges facing Wales, owing to the low population density and high proportion of rural communities.
The BSG’s response to the BBC Trust consultation on the BBC’s Project Canvas proposals sets out the potential and significant impact this proposal could have across the broadband value chain.
Depending on how the proposal is taken forward in practice, it could have various implications, such as heightened pressure on broadband networks from increased levels of video traffic, to how Canvas could drive demand for higher quality broadband services and how such a UK centric development could affect global manufacturers of set-top boxes.
Central to the BSG response is the view that the BBC Trust needs to view the Canvas proposal in the wider context of an industry making the gradual and difficult transition to next generation broadband.
Furthermore, it is essential that this consultation is the beginning of the debate rather than a one-off and final assessment of the proposal.
Detailed, open and ongoing discussion across the value chain is vital to effectively assess a proposal that has such far-ranging relevance for the UK broadband value chain.
The BSG today finalised its submission to the government’s interim Digital Britain Report.
The response recognises the ambition and rationale of the report, while noting the challenging timescales. It goes on to highlight a number of challenges and issues facing developments in each of the areas of the report, and makes a number of suggestions as to how to address the actions raised.
The BSG has submitted its response to Ofcom’s superfast broadband consultation. The response re-iterated the BSG’s findings from its three reports published in 2008, and offered broad support for Ofcom’s categorisation of the key issues.
The current economic environment and financial crisis makes investments increasingly challenging for operators, and so it will be important for Ofcom to allow operators to experiment in the short term whilst providing sufficient certainty in the long-term to support investment decisions.