The highly-anticipated Digital Britain report, which is expected to be launched later this afternoon, would probably disappoint a huge chunk of UK users seeking superfast broadband connections by the end of 2012.
The report is expected to leave many crucial questions unanswered on various key issues, which in turn, could turn out to be a big roadblock in implementing the ambitious 'broadband for all' plan, which would see minimum standard broadband speeds of 2Mbps to every household in UK by 2012.
The prime issue of how to fund the roll out of superfast broadband connections across UK is likely to be a major obstacle for the government, because the cost of such a roll out could reach a whopping £27 billion as estimated by the Broadband Stakeholders Group.
Taking on the claims that millions of households will be denied the fast internet connections for at least a decade, Gordon Brown avowed that the UK government would support private sector to enhance broadband speeds to make UK the “digital capital of the world”.
Backing the speedier internet connections, Brown said, “I am determined that Britain’s digital infrastructure will be world class. For me, it is all part of building Britain’s future beyond the difficult, short-term economic conditions”.
Besides, the report is also likely to call for £100 million of BBC's licence fee to inject funding in to regional news programming on ITV; furthermore, the report is also said to recommend a merger between the corporation's commercial arm and Channel 4.
But, it has been reported that BBC will use delaying tactics against these measures, so that the Labour government couldn't see the plans through before the next election.
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It is ironic that the architect of the Digital Britain Report won't be here when the report will become flesh. Lord Carter won't be part of the the current government within a few days which is quiet unfortunate given his involvement in the grand scheme. Let the game of wait and see start.
(New Media Age)