In addition to Glyn's many fine contributions, I have written these articles:
- My guide to the hot topic of the consultation - charging royalties for patents: Why RAND IS Bad For Open Source
- Explaining why arguments defending FRAND are not relevant to this consultation: Accommodating Telecoms
- About the voiding of the first round-table: Open Standards Consultation Nearing Close and Cabinet Office Acts
- Discussing the Open Standards Requirement from OSI: OSI Supports Open Standards (my article is not an OSI official statement, by the way)
There's useful source material from OSI, FSFE, W3C and FSF:
- The Open Source Initiative published the Open Standards Requirement in 2005, and it is directly relevant to this issue.
- W3C has published insightful comment and sent delegates to the meetings.
- Richard Stallman is characteristically forthright: FRAND is FRAUD.
- The input from the Free Software Foundation Europe is also published and may be helpful to you along with its guide to responding.
To get an idea of the vague negativity that the incumbent vendors have been injecting into the process, I also recommend Mark Ballard's most recent article. I saw just the same nit-picking sophistry at work at the final round-table consultation last week in London.
You don't have to be from the UK, and you don't even have to navigate the online surveys. Just writing a polite e-mail to the consultation address saying that you recommend the government policy conform to the OSI Open Standards Requirement would be significant. Please join in!