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Digital Britain in action: plans well underway, says government

The government says it is a quarter of the way through implementing the plans set out in the Digital Britain report.

The report, published earlier this year, sets out how the government hopes to become one of the world's leading digital economies.

An implementation update note says that, so far, the government has completed the second reading of the Digital Economy Bill, which pushes through the elements of the report that require legal changes.

Gordon Brown announced £30m worth of funding in the Putting the Frontline First report to help get one million more people online in three years. The same report also set out plans to get all government transactions online by 2014.

A major test was carried out in November of the UK's ability to manage and recover from the loss of the telephone network.

And the Consortium for the Promotion of Digital Participation was launched in October. Members include Google, Apple, Channel 4 and Microsoft, and its aim is to get as many of the 15 million people in the UK not already online connected to the internet.

Work will continue on the various parts of the project next year. The government is moving ahead with the introduction of a 50p broadband tax on every landline, and is considering consulting on raising the tax.

The supplier for the £10m Next Generation Test Beds will be chosen in January, with the test beds expected to go live next autumn. The government said the test beds will provide a chance for industry to trial products in real-world environments, helping to come up with ways to monetise online content.

Government data will become available from a single access point, data.gov.uk, in January 2010. There is also the possibility of a Digital Delivery Agency which would draw all delivery agencies together.


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