Greetings from the Independent Networks Co-operative Association. In this newsletter we bring you exciting news about
- Meeting Maria Miller MP, the new Secretary of State at DCMS
- The new INCA Marketplace
- ‘Celebrating a Brighter Future‘, the FTTH Conference 2013 in London, 19-21 February
- The FTTH Council / INCA UK Workshop on 19th February, London
- Advance notice of INCA’s Rural Community Broadband Seminar in London, 6 March.
Meeting Maria Miller
On 14th January we were invited to meet Maria Miller MP, recently appointed Secretary of State at DCMS and members of her team. INCA’s team was led by Malcolm Corbett, joined by David Cullen, INCA board member and former head of NYnet, Mark Collins of CityFibre Holdings and Karin Ahl, President of FTTH Council Europe and a director of RALA Infratech in Sweden.
Our aim was to explore with the Secretary of State how Government can encourage a more competitive landscape for next generation infrastructure provision, leading to greater levels of private and community investment, backing up state investment.
The backdrop for the discussion is the lack of competition in the main BDUK programme, the anticipated high level of state aid ‘intensity’, plus the need to do more to ensure that deeply rural areas don’t get left further behind.
The meeting was very productive with the Secretary of State emphasising her commitment to competition and agreement that INCA should provide input on how Government can help the non-incumbent sector to develop and invest.
Around the country many local projects are developing to accelerate next generation broadband roll out. INCA members have set up the INCA Marketplace to link those promoting schemes with companies that can provide advice, project development and operations, supply equipment and other services. This is a nascent project that we will develop over the coming weeks and months.
Celebrating a Brighter Future – FTTH Conference 2013, London
During 19th to 21st February the Excel Centre in London will play host to more than 3,000 delegates attending the 10th Anniversary European FTTH Conference. This is an annual, industry-leading event that showcases the best examples and practices for accelerating fibre roll out from around Europe and the world. The agenda has a great line up of speakers and topics, making the conference well worth the time and money.
UK Workshop 19th February, London
In advance of the main conference INCA is helping to organise a special UK Workshop on 19th February at the Excel Centre. We are bringing together a wealth of UK and international knowledge and experience into a high-powered one day event.
The final agenda will be published shortly on both the FTTH Conference and INCA websites.
It’s going to be a great event and we look forward to seeing you there.
Save the Date: 6th March, Rural Community Broadband Seminar, London
INCA members are involved in developing a wide range of local schemes around the country. Some will be supported by the Rural Community Broadband Fund, others are being funded purely by private and community investment. On 6th March INCA is planning a a seminar to bring together promoters of local schemes and project deliverers.
Save the date, more information will be posted on the INCA website shortly.
INCA membership is growing rapidly, why not join us? INCA is funded and governed by its membership which is open to all non-incumbent network operators, suppliers, local authorities and community schemes. The basic membership fee is very affordable at just 500 (+VAT) per year and brings a range of financial benefits, plus access to a tremendous network of expertise and knowledge.
The Team at INCA wish you a very successful and prosperous Next Generation, Superfast 2013!