Added by Chris Pateman. CEO. | Thursday 30th January 2014
Until now, the voice of business-to-business comms has not really been heard or understood by policy-makers. Which means when it comes to the really big strategic issues our industry faces – fighting for radio spectrum for docks and utilities, or securing business-grade alternatives to the Openreach fibre roll-out -- business is always on the back foot.
Policy-makers and regulators need to understand how important communications is to Britain’s businesses. At the moment, they think ‘comms’ just means voters streaming video on to their TVs or writing them letters about on-line child pornography. This blindness extends even to Ofcom, whose terms of reference are dictated by EU-wide policies to protect ‘citizens and consumers’, but make no mention of businesses.
Politicians all say how committed they are to the technology-driven service-led economy of the future. But they fail to grasp the vital link between world-class UK businesses and the world markets in which they are to trade. No comms, no growth. We are not just one industry among many, clamouring for policy-makers’ attention. We are the one vital enabling industry without which nothing else happens.
FCS members have to live every day with the results of well-intentioned consumer legislation being applied to commercial relationships and business lines. Or spectrum allocations which take no account of the crucial enabling role portable radios play in enabling ports, sports events, energy companies and building sites to function.
Your FCS Board don’t think there’s any point moaning about how unfair all this is. If politicians only hear one side of the story, you can’t blame them for getting a distorted picture. It’s up to the industry to redress the balance.
Hence our decision to re-launch FCS in a bold new politician-friendly wrapper.
It means a new logo and (shortly) a brand new website for FCS. But not a change of focus. We are and always will be committed to representing our members at the practical, technical, engineering level. That vital, detailed work will continue. This re-launch is about taking all that detailed experience and using it to inform bigger-picture positions about free markets, competition and societal value that policy-makers will recognise. This is about giving the business to business communications sector the voice it needs.
FCS is committed to providing a focus for the business to business communications industry to take pride in its crucial role in the UK economy, and to take control of its own destiny. If we don’t, we can’t expect anybody else to do it for us.
Chris Pateman. CEO.
Chris can be contacted via e-mail [email protected]
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