Digital Britain Report: UK Tech Roadmap
The British Government has released an outline of the Digital Britain report to Parliament, highlighting plans to boost the burgeoning communications industry. The report was made public- see new article.
The report promises a roadmap for universal broadband access, digital radio, digital content rights, and other elements of a scalable online future.
In a statement to Parliament, the Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said Britain "led the world in content creation".
But the Conservatives said the report promised "no new action, but eight further reports".
The full report and proposals will be unveiled in late spring.
Wow, that's an extremely bold claim... Burnham must be the Kanye West of Culture Secretaries. Hopefully one of the eight forthcoming reports can actually back it up. Meanwhile, Lord Carter, whose name is attached to the report, has pledged to deliver broadband to every UK home by 2012, while sponsoring legislation to fight online piracy.
The Communications Minister is not optimistic about ISPs dealing with piracy themselves:
The report said that there had proved to be "little support" for the preferred option of a co-regulatory solution to internet piracy.
However, at the same time, he wants the government to back away from tech firms who are building next-gen networks and tools:
The recommendations are that the government cut back on the red tape that is holding some companies back from building out next-generation networks on a par with Virgin Media's recently revealed 50Mb/s service.
ZDNet's look at the text of the report shows that they may be bluffing when it comes to actually having a plan for dealing with content-creation rights and enforcement.
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