Opinion, News and Analysis

  • On 1 Feb the FCC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two new joint initiatives to push the continued buildout of U.S. rural broadband networks.
  • "A remarkably IT astute Britain (90% of adults are now aware of the Data Protection Act) has expressed an alarming loss of trust in established institutions, including government departments, to safeguard their personal data.
  • In October, reports The Register, 25 million people had their child benefit records given away. Last year, the Lib Dems estimated that some 37 million British citizens had private data lost by the UK government - the data was not perfect in that it failed to remove people who had had their data given away more than once.
  • I don't know whether I've got the ageing syndrome or something but the reminder of Newsline articles seems to come round more quickly than every, just like birthdays!
  • Coalface (who once went to Milton Keynes) is always sorry to see the end of a great story, but on this occasion sadness is tinged with relief (shared, no doubt, by CMA’s very own Antony John, who has pretty vocal about it in public gatherings for the last year or so).
  • Happy New Year everyone. Yes, I know we are a month into 2008 but this is my first opportunity to pass on my good wishes and hope that we all have an excellent and very successful year.
  • On 31 October (an appropriate date for the stuff of nightmares) Ofcom published a consultation proposing that the co-regulatory system operated by the Broadcast Training and Skills Regulator should be extended to cover equal opportunities.
  • This has certainly been an eventful month what with one thing and another. An indication of this is the fact that I’m writing this in New Jersey so I guess you could call it a letter from America. I’ve been here for a week now and it’s interesting to make comparisons at all levels. But, more of that on another occasion.
  • As you can see from the photograph I’m still wearing my Halloween mask and scaring the life out of small children and anyone of a sensitive nature. Hopefully the treats went down well and I won’t be the subject of any unexpected tricks by disappointed youngsters.
  • I’m afraid that like it or not autumn is now upon us and in the last few weeks everyone has been thrust from the comparative leisure of summer into the reality of hi speed life once again.