Government report to champion high-speed broadband

Stephen Carter, the minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, is to publish an action plan to show how the government can promote IT and...

Stephen Carter, the minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, is to publish an action plan to show how the government can promote IT and communications technology, including high-speed broadband.

Other key areas Carter will explore include how to encourage more digital radio station operators, investment in content creation, and freeing more frequencies for commercial use.

He will also address safety on the internet, media literacy and skills, universal access to high quality public service content, how to preserve independent content producers, and a better framework for protecting intellectual property.

Carter said the report, Digital Britain, is about capturing the opportunities on offer for UK plc and the public, and advancing the UK's standing as a world leader in converging communications technologies and their applications.

The report will package the results of earlier reports into an action plan for government intervention. Ofcom, the communications regulator, is in the middle of a consultation on ways and means to roll out high-speed broadband.

A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media & Sport said an interim report would be ready in January, with a final report in spring.

The spokesman said the £52bn communications, technology and broadcasting industry underpinned economic development.

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