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Livingstone unveils plan to make London the e-capital of Europe

Daniel Thomas
The mayor of London has outlined his plans for the future development of the capital, promising to ensure that the city is the centre of e-business activities for the whole of Europe.

In the draft London plan, which was announced last week, Ken Livingstone called for more affordable broadband access, the development of e-government through a comprehensive e-strategy, and the e-enablement of new residential and commercial developments.

Livingstone also highlighted the need for London boroughs to identify and support the development of new e-business and the need for more effective and socially inclusive e-education.

One of the first initiatives arising from the London plan is a guide to broadband access for business, which has been produced by the Greater London Authority.

Valerie Shawcross, the mayor of London's e-envoy, said the availability of broadband will play a key role in the development of London's businesses.

"The mayor and I are committed to the development of broadband services in London, which are integral to wider business competitiveness," she said. "It is particularly critical to innovations in our creative industries, which will play a critical role in London's growth and prosperity."

In a separate development, London Underground has signed a three-year agreement with Internet service provider Genuity for the provision of broadband Internet access across the organisation. London Underground said the deal will allow it to expand staff Internet access to promote collaborative working and boost customer and supplier relationships.

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