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Everything you wanted to know about today's Digital Britain report at a glance with live twitter updates and a full download of the report.

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Everything you wanted to know about today's Digital Britain report at a glance with live twitter updates and a full download of the report.

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The Digital Britain report in an nutshell:

  • Universal Service Obligation on telecoms operators to supply high-speed broadband by 2012
  • High-speed broadband to be funded by levy on copper wire
  • A 50p levy on telecoms operators, per copper line per month will fund the roll-out of high-speed broadband to the last third of consumers and SMEs who do not have access to 2mbps broadband. The fund will later be used to introduce faster broadband services. The levy will generate between £150m and £155m a year
  • Ambition to develop faster than 2mbps broadband over time


  • Piracy for gain is theft and will be pursued through criminal law
  • ISPs will notify content providers of piracy offenders and disclose their identity
  • As an interim step, ISPs may be required to block IP addresses or restrict bandwidth to offenders

3G mobile licences

  • 20-year 3G mobile licences will be extended to last indefinitely to encourage investment


  • All digital radio service by 2015
  • Push for Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide to set up a joint venture
  • BBC's licence fee will be used to fund other broadcasting activities
  • £130m allocated to supporting local and regional news gathering


  • Government will push Get Safe Online security awareness programme

Computer games

  • Government to look at tax relief for games software developers

Public services

  • Public bodies will create content and offer services that will encourage people to use broadband
  • Government CIO will have to approve all major government IT projects
  • Digital Deliver Agency will oversee delivery of Digital Britain

Research funding

  • Government will spend £120m over three years on a Digital Economy programme. Three research hubs will get £12m each.
  • Technology Strategy Board receives £30m. £10m will go on "digital test beds" - research programmes into digital technology


  • Ofcom to be expanded and modernised

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