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Carter Report: Broadband alone won't support Digital Britain

Cliff Saran

Industry commentators have said the Carter Review represents a step in the right direction for Digital Britain, but broadband speeds may not be enough to support the government's grand vision.

Becta chief executive Stephen Crowne, said, "Broadband must play a central role in education. We firmly believe that reliable, widespread broadband access is an essential tool that will help equip learners with the training and skills that are required for a truly 'Next Generation' workforce."

>> See also: The Carter Review: Digital Britain

While it welcomed the report, the Communications Managers Association was concerned that multimedia services outlined by Carter would overload UK broadband networks. In a statement, the CMA said the government needed to ensure that the UK's telecoms infrastructure is not overburdened in the short term by video entertainment at the expense of content that is more directly associated with the wider economic benefit.

Charlie Beckett, director of Polis, the London School of Economics Media think tank, said, "The government is grasping the nettle of the major media reforms that need to take place not only to bring Britain into the dgital age, but to ensure that our world leading public service broadcasters are not destroyed by digital competition."


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