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Tom Bird

  • Tom Bird
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    Tom has been working on internet connectivity and hosting in some capacity since the 90s, starting with an old PC in a cupboard on a 64k Pipex line at a local printing firm, moving on through the UK’s largest domain reseller, followed by creating a medium sized wireless ISP network in Nottingham, and then helping to maintain a large number of enterprise networks in Spain, including briefly having enable access on the actual AS 1234.

    He also spent time with BBC Research and wrote the first version of iPlayer that actually worked (you’re welcome). He currently runs Portfast Ltd which provides hosting, cloud services and domain names and is based in Sheffield, provides freelance technical assistance to other networks including the LONAP peering point in London, and is technical director of Idaq Networks which, among other things, provides city-wide free wifi throughout Sheffield and is peering at LONAP.