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The Bit Commons

Mike Kiely (Founder)

I had a full career in BT,  managing products,  creating competitive marketing programmes, launching new services and starting ventures.  The most memorable pieces were a quiet word with the then MD of  BT Consumer to drive uptake of 1571 by making a donation to BBC Children in need for every activated mailbox.  This raised £750k for BBC children in need and BT got to 9m voice mailboxes.   The other was ongoing testing of Video Telephony devices with elderly deaf people in Bristol.  I had enough success to justify the hobby projects,  while avoiding the political economy of  a large company.

In 2007 I joined Predictable Network Solutions, a small company with a cracking idea on how to distribute the available quality and quantity of a Broadband service to the applications that needed the quality.  Parameters needed to support quality video conferening and home working were on my mind,  when I made a few contributions to the public consultations on Digital Britain.

I  joined the Government's  Broadband Delivery UK team  in April 2010  working part time and sometimes free and stayed until September 2012.   I had the happy job of contributing to the UK Broadband strategy,  writing technical requirements, and working with rural communities.  Most pleasingly,  I was allowed to make contributions to the formulation of the 4G coverage obligation.