I’ve spent the last two days at meetings in Edinburgh – it makes me thankful that I do less of that than many other people. I found myself in the middle of the Forth Bridge trying – and failing – to connect my Blackberry to Stagecoach’s free wifi. Don’t know why – but I have a bad track record at that stuff.
Two things. Surely it’s time we pushed much harder for an improvement in the miserable broadband speeds which seem common in rural Scotland. If there is one thing which would help us to make a serious attempt at video conferencing, it would surely be an improvement in broadband speeds. Every meeting saved is a huge cost and time saving. Then I found myself reading about new video-conferencing technologies – like Flash Meeting. We talk about these things in our Information and Communications Board. We need to try some of it in a more determined way.