Feeds

Broadband needs new milestones – BSG

Yada yada

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The Government should begin thinking about the future of broadband in the UK before committing to "clear milestones" that should be reached before 2010.

So says the third annual report from the Government's advisory body, The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), which reckons that while "significant progress [has been] made to date...there is no room for complacency as the challenge of delivering next generation broadband comes into view."

The BSG highlights a number of areas it reckons are important to the UK's broadband sector.

For instance, it wants to see the creation of "a thriving and competitive content services and applications sector in the UK - exploiting and optimising the potential of UK talent for creative media in a pro-competitive way".

It also wants to investment encouraged in "next generation" broadband infrastructures and services "ahead of the demand curve" and reckons Government has a critical role in creating the right investment climate for technological development.

Said BSG chief exec Antony Walker in a statement: "It's clear that broadband has taken off - people are seeing real benefits every day. The real challenge is to meet the growing expectations of both consumers and businesses as they adopt, adapt and absorb broadband into their daily lives and to make sure that we build a thriving and sustainable broadband market in the UK - this needs a new target for the next phase beyond 2005."

According to the Guardian the Government is already thinking hard about these milestones and could even make them "election promises" by including them in its next manifesto.

Last month, the BSG was nominated for an "Internet Villain" industry award "for being beset by a minority of interests, achieving little with their Government funding and not appropriately representing the true broadband industry". ®

Related Story

MP fingered for 'Net Villain' award

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.