Interim Digital Britain Report released

The Government has published the interim Digital Britain Report, an action plan to secure Britain's place at the forefront of the global digital economy according to BERR.

The Report, containing over 20 recommendations, includes plans to offer a universal service commitment to provide broadband speeds of 2 MB/s by 2012.

The plan also contains commitments to secure a dynamic investment climate for UK digital content and services and develop the infrastructure, skills and take-up to enable widespread online delivery of public services.

Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham said: "Britain has always led the world in content creation—with the best music, films and TV—and it is vital that we carry forward this strength into the digital age. This is a significant Report for the creative industries, taking steps to establish workable systems of copyright in an online age and to preserve choice of public service content. But it is only the beginning of the process and we need to work hard in the coming months to secure workable solutions."

Stephen Carter, Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting said: "The innovation, creativity and vitality of our communications industries rightly demand clarity from Government on its role and a framework for the future."

He added: "Delivering Digital Britain will depend upon a smart industry, working with a committed Government to produce lasting solutions."

The final Digital Britain Report is due to be released before the summer.

Image: Stephen Carter

DTG Staff  |  29.01.2009

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