Digital Britain Interim Report: The Key Points

Gordon sums up an unnecessarily complicated, verbose, tepid and overblown document.

Ok, seriously. Lord Carter… Digital Britain… 86 pages… interim…*slams head against desk*

*Recovers consciousness*

Right, that was a fun way to spend an afternoon. In short, it’s not worth all the attention it has been receiving. It’s preliminary, it has been unwisely written in pompous prose confusing to most technology journalists let alone the average man on the street (our inner circle is not best pleased) and perhaps worst of all, it isn’t progressive or profound – it’s tepid. So I’m not going to spend forever on this, let’s crack on…

”’Broadband for all”’ is the central message. This sounds a good message until you find that means a 2Mbit base service which won’t be in place until 2012 and heaven knows what the bandwidth hungry interweb landscape will look like by then.

”’Net neutrality”’ is also a hugely important topic seemingly misunderstood by the report as it claims “yet to see a case for legislation in favour of net neutrality”. Oh dear oh dear, it’s ”already” a major issue. The pressing case of much faster broadband speed (well over 20Mbit) is recognised too but passed over instead requesting ”another group” to be formed to assess what should be done about this!?! Meeting about a meeting, much?!

”’Piracy”’ ISPs will be compelled to collect information on their customers who are breaking copyright laws (read: P2P) and notify the relevant copyright holders. This information is to be anonymous however so I can see a fight brewing over this one especially since the mooted three strikes approach requested by the music industry has been rejected.

”’DAB”’ should have its range extended and be pushed as the primary distribution method for radio but only once migration hits 50 per cent (which will take forrrrrrevvvvvver).

”’3G”’ well, technically the mobile spectrum, should be enlarged to cover more remote areas. Hooray and a notable victory for the council of the bleedin’ obvious.

”’Terrestrial channels”’. Meddling with broadcasters, the report wants to see ITV and Five focusing more on original content and Channel 4 more integrated into multi-platform and media environments (Vague? I’m sorry this is their horrendously loose conclusions).

And that, endless waffle aside, is that and it’s dull. Dull, dull, dull. Can’t wait for the final version…!?!

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