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.