Valérie Thérond has been appointed senior vice president of Sourcing and Supply Chain at France Telecom. Previously she was chief accounting officer for the group. Among other responsibilities, she will be charge of purchasing activities that are not covered by the BuyIn procurement joint venture with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT).
The Guardian reports that the U.K. government's plans to increase the surveillance of email, Web browsing and the use of social networks has prompted a warning from Internet firms that more repressive regimes elsewhere will use such powers to justify their state surveillance and suppression of political opponents. Thousands of people have already signed a petition against the proposed measures.
The northern English county of Lancashire is to benefit from government funding channeled through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) after the local authority there agreed a £62.5 million ($100 million) deal with BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) to take fiber broadband to areas of the county not currently covered by commercial rollout plans. Lesser websites might now make reference to ferret-to-the-home (FTTH) or data flat caps, but Light Reading prefers to rise above such infantilisms. (See BT Builds FTTX With Govnt Funds and Broadband Delivery UK Formed.)