Carter to cart self back to big business
Digital Britain minister headed for the exit
Lord Carter, the former Ofcom boss currently finalising a major review of the next decade of technology policy, will quit the government soon after it is published, according a report.
The communications minister and ex-public relations executive is eyeing a lucrative return to the private sector, The Times reports.
Gordon Brown hired Carter as a strategy adviser 18 months ago, but he was quickly sidelined at Number 10 - reportedly by Damian McBride, the disgraced spin doctor. He was then given a peerage and asked to produce his report on Digital Britain.
The final report is due to be published next week, and will set out policy on an array of internet-related issues including piracy, broadband availability, spectrum and public service broadcasting.
Carter did not comment on the story, although he failed to confirm he would still be a minister by the end of the summer.
The Times speculated that he could apply for the top job at ITV, worth £1m per year. ®
One good policy recommendation!
We should be grateful for the fact that he has put Universal Broadband on the agenda.
To achieve it, Ofcoms rulebook needs to be re-written from defining markets as fixed and mobile calls to a single form of managing data transport - our bits. Much of the 1990's dogma needs to be dropped.
Government needs to invest rather than take money out through auction heists.
The internet needs to encouraged not knobbled by net discrimination as per the EU Telecoms package.
His final report will be interesting in the agenda it sets. If it has too much in favour of industry, then at least we will be able to back and get it re-written under his replacement.
He has out the matter on the agenda and for that I for one will be remain grateful thankful.
There's only one response possible
damned revolving door. There should be a law against it, but I guess the gravy train just won't stop long enough to pass one.