Date(s) - 19/07/2016
18:00 - 20:00
POST BREXIT BROADBAND STRATEGY ROUND TABLE
LONDON FIRST BUT NATIONAL ROLL OUT IN PARALLEL
Tuesday 19 July 2016
As with other short order meetings, it is expected that the majority of contributions will be by e-mail. The main aim is organise substantive meetings during the run up to party conference season, although some participants are under pressure to also commit next week on the organisation of submissions to the new Brexit negotiation teams
Brexit adds urgency to pulling through investment in world class communications connectivity to prevent London losing business to Hong Kong, New York and Singapore, not just Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris. It also adds urgency to enabling the rest of the UK to have connectivity at least akin to that of rural Scandinavia so as to make a reality of teleworking, telemedicine and telecare so as to care for an ageing population, at affordable cost, without politically unacceptable levels of immigration. But the rest of world is moving on into a world of smart cities, 5G and ubiquitous, converged, seamless and resilient fixed and mobile connectivity. How could/should we “future proof” infrastructure investment?
Meanwhile there are a large and growing number of broadband initiatives and groups competing for attention. Most of those on the invitation lists for the meeting and the possible follow up activities belong to half a dozen or more. How and where could/should we promote effective co-operation and division of labour between those with common objectives?
The objectives of this meeting are:
- to review progress with existing broadband activities (e.g. access and wayleave agreements, information on what is available and where, guidance for local authorities etc.);
- discuss how, if at all, these are affected by Brexit (e.g. relation of needs for compliance which regulations, most of which we helped draft);
- how to expedite progress with those which are not (arguably everything except state aid for BT);
- what we would like from the UK negotiators with regard to those which are (specific points if possible) and;
- how we can help them achieve what we ask of them (e.g. co-operation with peers in other parts of the EU to get common requests in Brussels);
- discuss which channels to use to progress which objectives (e.g. co-operation, co-ordination and division of labour across DPA, INCA, SOCITM, London First, Countryside Alliance and the various trade associations and professional bodies – BCS, BPF, FCS, IET, Mobile UK, RICS, Tech UK etc.).
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