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OBE for Kim Mears and Sharon White made a Dame in New Year Honours

There are two Honours for the broadband world in the New Year Honours list.

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:
O.B.E.
To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Kim MEARS
For services to the Telecommunications Industry.

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:
D.B.E.
To be Ordinary Dames Commander of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Sharon Michele WHITE
Chief Executive, Ofcom
For public service.

Sharon White stepped down as CEO of Ofcom at the end of November 2019 after four years at the telecoms and media regulator, which covered the period when Openreach was split away from BT and a period that has seen Ofcom work towards making broadband and mobile pricing more fair for the consumer. Having stepped from Ofcom Dame Sharon White is set to be chairwoman for the John Lewis Partnership.

Kim Mears OBE has been working with BT and now Openreach for 15 years and a key figure in the BDUK and superfast broadband roll-outs and now leading the roll-out of full fibre by Openreach.

Comments

Congratulations to them, but on the other hand I sometimes wonder what the special meaning of receiving an OBE/DBE is these days.

  • Ixel
  • 10 months ago

You would be able to change your username to Ixel OBE

  • nervous
  • 10 months ago

Getting an OBE for doing what you are supposed to do in a very well paid job. Nice.

  • Alucidnation
  • 10 months ago

Sorry to say this is a disgrace. Getting an award for NOT DOING what you are supposed to be doing. Would you ask these two Ladies to come and visit me in North Wales where we have less than 1 megabyte download, fibre hung a pole at the end of the road, infrastructure in place but Open Reach stopped due to technical issues at the end of 2018. Then they can explain to me how they had the front to accept these awards. I really would like to meet somebody who cares about rural locations and not just Cardiff and Swansea.

  • nofibreman
  • 10 months ago

Presumably they don't rate your specific street as being the centre of the universe, nofibreman.

Given Openreach aren't a charity and Ofcom aren't there to ensure everyone, regardless of cost, has fibre to the premises it's likely not that big of a deal for them.

The taxpayer should get to you at some point

  • CarlThomas
  • 10 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
It was Kim Mears OBE arranged that the Post Code list was provided at the Dorking Meeting this list had errors but had to tie with the OFCom list if not speeds dropped. The BT Checker must be the same as OFComs I think it effects the whole FTTC.

  • Blackmamba
  • 10 months ago

@BM - when was this, it's properties that are important. As said before OR provide the data to Ofcom who say their data is inaccurate.

ps - telcos all use metric distances.

  • Somerset
  • 10 months ago

Hi Somerset. I used Imperial to measure from the FTTC to the Post Code and used the base of 1 mile 1760 yards so .1= 176.

  • Blackmamba
  • 10 months ago

Hi Somerset. I use this on the post codes that are in range of G/Fast (.1 or .2 ) of a mile if fitted at the FTTC.

  • Blackmamba
  • 10 months ago

@nofibreman
I feel your pain, but the proposed new USO will address your issue?

  • MobiusPizza
  • 10 months ago

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