Earlier this week I heard a rumour that DCMS was moving to Treasury as part of a Government reshuffle. It sounded odd that such a profound change could have been planned without any leaks. My “source” has now traced the source of the rumour – to an interview that Ed Vaizey gave to the Evening Standard. It is an office move.
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I seem to recollect a Churchill comment on the effect that buildings have on their occupants – but cannot trace it. However, when DCMS officials come under the beady eye of the Treasury and Cabinet Office with whom they will share a canteen, there may well be even more interesting consequences.
Watch out for a genuine rationalisation of communication policy – merging the funding and plans for BDUK with those for PSN. Next to join the fold will probably be DECC’s plans for a separate communications network for smart meters. Then will come a joining up with the Transport Networks (their continuing separation is profoundly irrational given that the initial impetus behind the electronic communications revolution was the need to be able to telepagraph ahead that a train was on its way).
Dream on. It appears that the staff rotation in Treasury monitoring spend is approaching that of those monitoring progress on the DWP Universal Credit.
Meanwhile Broken Telegraph appears to be the source of the rumour that BT was about to stand back and give its fibre to the home competitors a six month window of opportunity because it has not got enough engineers to handle the demand that it has finally unleashed at the same time as its other projects, including those for rural broadband.
Do, however, read beyond the headline. I am no more sure than Ian Grant what the suspension of one means of ordering fibre to the premises for six months means in practice.
I also looked at the performance charts. The only thing I understood was that most significant item was a massive blip in service coinciding with the floods last year.
BT is one of the few employers to take training seriously, as opposed to recruiting on the open market. The intention to recruit and train another thousand engineers is therefore unalloyed good news: rather like the CISCO plans to help train 100,000 across the EU to help install smart meters and the other monitoring devices for the Internet of Things.