House of Lords more or less sensible on UK broadband #EX1to4

I may have been half asleep when I heard the Today prog this morning. But I thought I heard Evan Davis advocating the low hanging fruit of amazing broadband in central London and not to worry about the countryside where there is not even a prospect of gas.

No mention of the proposal to change the use of spectrum for broadcast television. This may have come up later but I don't remember it. Thing is, this could change sound media quite a lot, as well as print tv and whatever else.

I have been trying to promote #EX1to4 as a search tag. Used with global media such as YouTube this could work quite well. Or any other search term based on a locality, real or imagined. Twinity islands are of interest for some people even the new ones trying to get round copyright on map data. I guess the House of Lords has an interest in the old counties, but postcodes seem a good place to start.

They do include some accurate info about UK broadband.

Like other technological advances, broadband has inspired devoted evangelists
and we received evidence from a number of them. To their disappointment,
when it comes to the most highly quoted broadband league tables, the UK does
not—on most indices—have a place on the podium. Take average connection
speed; according to the most recent Akamai ‘State of the Internet’ report, the
UK ranks 16th in Europe and 25th globally.3 Some who contributed evidence
to this inquiry have lamented that the UK is therefore “achieving speeds more
than three times slower than South Korea.”4 Moreover, in the UK, 14% are
receiving speeds of less than 2 megabits per second (Mbps),5 regarded by the
Government as the minimum speed which allows you to use the internet
reasonably effectively.

Let us see an end to the unconvincing claims that the UK will be best in the world for broadband by some mysterious date in the future. Accurate figures please of what is currently available and how it compares.

But the main news is around Para 141. 

We recommend that the Government, Ofcom and the industry begin to
consider the desirability of the transfer of terrestrial broadcast content
from spectrum to the internet and the consequent switching off of
broadcast transmission over spectrum, and in particular what the
consequences of this might be and how we ought to begin to prepare.

The consequence would be fairly disruptive for the organisation of media. Local broadcasting could compete depending on what the audience was looking for. Of course the view from central London is always interesting.