This week the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published their annual report which determines the amount of income and basic necessities needed by households in order to have what they term an ‘adequate standard of living’. The Foundation claim that along with being able to realistically afford food, transport and childcare, households also need a computer and Internet connection in order to live adequately in this day and age.
When it comes to the regulation of the Internet there are usually extremely passionate debates, as many believe that the Internet should be left free and open to all users. This is why a recent proposal by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create what is being called a ‘two tiered Internet’ has already led to a number of major players in the online industry – including Google, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon – to write to the FCC in protest.
The Olympic Games will be an exciting time for our capital city, but with over 11 million spectators and athletes set to make our busy transport infrastructure even busier, how will businesses be affected?
Recent client meetings have illustrated to me how far work practices and methods have progressed in a very short period time and how the ‘information age’ as the experts term it, continues to accelerate at frightening pace.
Recent research conducted by Point Tropic has revealed that global VoIP subscriptions shot up 15% during the last financial quarter. In the UK, VoIP subscription figures now stand just shy of the 3 million mark (statistics exclude Skype), placing us 10th on the list of highest subscribers.
Office relocations tend to be demanding tasks and for most companies involve a high degree of thought and planning. IT and Telecommunications are increasingly integral to business operations and no doubt form a substantial part of a companies moving checklist. However, from my experience at Fluidata, it seems relatively few investigate the access to internet connectivity they will have at premises before signing contracts. Given that geographical location and exchange availability dictate the speeds one achieves from internet services, and subsequently the price a company will have to pay for fast broadband and the time frame required for provisioning, this is very surprising.
During the last four weeks heavy snowfall across the UK has caused havoc to Britain’s brittle transport infrastructure and subsequently disrupted business activity to the tune of 230 million pounds per day.
The Internet has become an essential component of our working lives over the last 15 years. It’s hard to imagine communication without recourse to email, research without access to the web, even lunchtime without Facebook is becoming a distant memory.