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New UK Broadband Minister Coming Within Days?

The department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) could see the appointment of a new broadband minister as early as this week according to a report by the BBC.

Malcolm Corbett, the Chief Executive of the Independent Networks Co-Operative Association (INCA), told the corporation (opens in new tab) that "We need to appoint a minister as quickly as possible. Without it UK broadband risks drifting and that is not a good thing for UK competitiveness" before hinting that Ed Vaizey, the culture minister, would be a "good bet" as he is "on top of the issues".

It will be interesting to see whether the ConLib government sticks to the plans of rolling out 2Mbps across the land, something of a pet project for the former Labour government which came up with a broadband tax to fund the deployment

Consumerchoice's Simon Piper (opens in new tab) told PCadvisor that the government will need to find an alternative fast, one that doesn't unfairly tax businesses before adding that it will be interesting to hear what the Liberal Democrats have to say over it.

BT has already announced that it would be investing an additional £1 billion to build a national fibre-optic based infrastructure that will bring speeds of up to 40Mbps to million.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.