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New face to UK broadband minister
Wednesday 30 January 2008 16:21:53 by John Hunt

Following parliamentary reform on 24th January, Stephen Timms, has moved from his role of Competitiveness at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (which replaced the Department of Trade and Industry in June 2007). Baroness Shriti Vadera, (previously advisor to Gordon Brown as the Chancellor of the Exchequer) will be taking over from Timms in the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business and Competitiveness. Her background is in business, having worked at UBS Warburg as an investment banker for over 14 years before moving to the Treasury.

The Confederation of British Industry, the voice of business, expressed concern at the rate of turnover of business ministers.

"This is the fifth minister in this role in less than three years. The constant changing of faces and portfolios has been unhelpful to building a long-term dialogue, so it is important that we now see a period of stability."

Lucy Findlay (head of enterprise), CBI

Stephen Timms has worked hard in his roles over the years helping the IT and Telecommunications industries be recognised, and encouraged growth and investment into new and faster broadband. Vadera is said to be continuing Timms' approach to developing next generation broadband technologies such as fibre to the home (FTTH).

Comments

Posted by SlimJ over 9 years ago
This is the problem with government in general, people change jobs so much they do not care about the long term, they only care about what they can do now! We need long term solutions that will benefit the country, not just broadband, but everything the government has control over.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"Her background is in business, having worked at UBS Warburg as an investment banker for over 14 years"

So an investment banker in charge of Business and Competitiveness...... errr i doubt they will understand what fair and competitive business actually even means... Hooray for New Labour.... again!
Posted by Guzzo over 9 years ago
He's right
An investigation of these two's personal portfolios would be interesting I bet?
Wasn't it Nelson rockefeller who said "competition is a sin" This would be the old head of the family Blair just got a part time job with for 500,000 grand a year.

Anyone who thinks these people are in any way working for us is quite stupid. There is only one agenda they all have and that is to make money hand over fist as long as it lasts.



Posted by labrat over 9 years ago
Vadera is also the lady who masterminded with Stephen Byers the illegal refusal of payments to Railtrack and forced it into bankruptcy, robbed the shareholders and nationalised it.
Posted by doowles over 9 years ago
Fiber to the home put back another 10 years then!
Posted by normsland over 9 years ago
@labrat. Maybe she could do the same to BT. Eg force BT into bankruptcy and then renationalise it. I mean we all know how well that worked for the rail industry <being sarcastic there> ;)

Perhaps one way to do it is that she could force BT to provide FTTH. Then tell Ofcom that BT aren't allowed to make their money back :oD. Ha-ha!
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"Fiber to the home put back another 10 years then!"

It was about that before anyway LOL
Posted by Guzzo over 9 years ago
Actually the rat shareholders can get stuffed. They are already rich but greedy for more and got the railways at a knockdown price after we taxpayers built them up. I hope the Telecoms scene goes the same way.
those that build a firm from scratch to success deserve the rewards. Those that steal and chisel do not. Especially when they are salary funded by tapayers.

fiber is spelt fibre actually.
Posted by AndrueC over 9 years ago
@Guzzo:That would be unfair and overlooks history. BT inherited a dated, barely functioning and rundown telephone network. They converted it into one of the most modern and well run telephone networks in the world, soon to be *the* most modern national telephone network in the world.

Of course BT got money from the privatisation to help fund it but you can't claim that they have inherited anything worthwhile from the PostOffice.

They got given a pile of crap and converted it into (for voice=-comms at least) a pile of gold.
Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 9 years ago
Gold for BT, certainly. Shame about the end-users. 21CN and the way they're dumping admin costs onto ISP's and making marginal exchanges they don't want to serve unviable economically is a prime example of this.
Posted by chrysalis over 9 years ago
Andrue they inherited a local loop which was worth 10s of billions.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"BT inherited a dated, barely functioning and rundown telephone network. They converted it into one of the most modern and well run telephone networks in the world"

Nurse, nurse..... bring this man some pills :O
Modern network??? You have got to be kidding? it still uses microswitches and mechanical relays in places.... I spose you think the cosmic frame in say a welsh exchange is "modern" LMFAO. My grans gramophone is more modern than some of BTs stuf LOL
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
The only modern thing about BT is the way they milk everyone for every penny and have happy shareholders to take it.
Posted by pbsolo over 9 years ago
This appointment is always a joke. I have yet to see a government minister who actually has a single qualification relevant to the job. I recently spoke to an MP who is said that most of the people in Westminster could just about handle a word-processor and Blair has only just got his first mobile phone. As to how the Net works, they haven't got a clue, when it goes wrong, they call someone out.
Er,.. right.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
LOL pbsolo, didnt you know our governments idea of technology starts and ends at photgraphing and filming us all day.
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