Government review of Next Generation Broadband

It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong, but luckily, I am not a big man.

A case in point that illustrates this is the posting I made last week about how the government was dragging its heels over improving broadband speed and access for businesses in rural areas.

Then last Friday, The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform said it would launch a review to see how government could work with broadband providers to roll out faster networks.

A cause for me doing a complete 180, perhaps?

Well, no, frankly.

The Pipe Dreams report by the Broadband Stakeholders Group in 2007 on how to make fast broadband a reality said:

“For next generation broadband to move from pipe dream to reality in the UK, steps need to be taken now. The issues are complex and there are few clear or obvious solutions at this stage. However, there is a limited window of opportunity between now and April 2009 to get this right.”

This means that the government has until April 2009 to get its act together on broadband.

Given that we’ve already lost Stephen Timms, who was in the process of talking with ISPs, but published no recommendations publicly, and given that we have a new minister who is in the process of learning her brief, I’ll continue not to hold my breath.