Nobody needs more than 19Mbps broadband, do they?

We are pleased to invite Richard Brown to talk on “Nobody needs more than 19Mbps broadband, do they?“, at a new event in Newtown on Wednesday, 29th January. The talk is free and open to all.

Title: Nobody needs more than 19Mbps broadband, do they?

Update: Online copy of talk We tried to broadcast the talk live, but were beaten by a firewall. Richard has kindly recording a voice over to accompany the set of slides. These can be accessed at:


BSG (Broadband Stakeholder Group – who advise the UK Government, published a report stating that 19Mbps will be sufficient for the median household until 2023. Richard will take a look at this number; it’s impact on the future and will encompass current BDUK projects, comparing those to his own (and other industry leaders) opinions and thoughts.

Location: NPTC Group Building (formerly Coleg Powys), Llanidloes Road, Newtown, SY16 4HU at 6:00pm on Wednesday, 29th January. There will be light refreshments from 5.30.


Having worked for Dimension Data, and other large IT corporates for around 15 years, Richard chose to start his own rural broadband ISP around five years ago. Now called eXwavia, the company was created before the Government subsidies for broadband, and solely to bring broadband to those in difficult (impossible?) to reach locations. Having exited eXwavia, Richard then started Wispa Limited and Boxcutter Limited to bring the experience of starting and running a rural ISP to those who were attempting something similar themselves.

With a wide mix of clients from rural community groups to Councils and the EU Parliament, Richard has been able to use this experience to challenge the misleading PR, and point out the errors and pitfalls that are all too common when attempting broadband projects.

Technically aware rather than technical, his focus is absolutely on the outcome and not the method of delivery.

An absolute critic of Ofcom (a failed organisation in Richard’s opinion), but also a loud critic of the Welsh Government and BDUK/DCMS.

Published works:

“Broadband UK – Ubiquitous, superfast (*100Mbps+) delivery is achievable”, Richard Brown (Wispa Limited COO) discusses how it is possible (and necessary) to deliver true superfast broadband to 100% of the UK in ‘budget’.

“Broadband Wales – The impact of failing to deliver broadband universality”, A white paper produced by Richard Brown on behalf of wispa Limited, which explores the current state of fast, quality, ubiquitous broadband in Wales, together with clear actions for the future. (Physical copy available at National Library of Wales)

“The day the data stopped”, A work of fiction set in the UK’s not too distant broadband future.


The event is free and open to all. If you plan to come, it would help if you could complete the registration form.