Move helps councils to hit targets

Government plans to set up public sector framework agreements with broadband suppliers will help in the delivery of e-government...

Government plans to set up public sector framework agreements with broadband suppliers will help in the delivery of e-government services, said council IT experts.

Margaret Oldham, e-envoy at Tameside Council, which is regarded as being one of the UK's leaders in delivering services electronically, said broadband is set to play a key role.

"Broadband is vital to the take-up and growth of the Internet as a means of delivering services electronically," she said, welcoming any move that brings broadband within the reach of bigger audiences and that could save local councils money.

Councils are working towards meeting government targets for delivering all services electronically by 2005, in addition to increasing their electronic links with other public sector bodies.

Bernard Diamant, director of corporate services at the London Borough of Brent, said, "We have requirements within our organisation for increased bandwidth for internal communications, and broadband will also be necessary if we are going to provide links with the likes of the NHS."

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