Timms replaces Carter as communications minister
Treasury minister Stephen Timms is to
replace Lord Carter as communications minister. He will be tasked with pushing through the
Digital Britain report's recommendations.
Timms is the former e-commerce minister and has previously worked for Logica
and analyst firm Ovum.
In his new job he will work across the Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and
He will be in charge of implementing plans for a £6-a-year levy on all phone lines to pay for
faster broadband networks. Under Carter's proposals, all
homes in the UK will have access to broadband by 2012. He will also bring a Digital Economy
bill before parliament in the autumn.
Guardian reports that Timms is being brought in to try and regain some of the momentum drummed
up by Carter's Digital Britain. The drive behind the report's recommendations is said to have
wilted since Lord
Carter announced he would be stepping down shortly before it was published.
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