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Kip Meek, Chair Broadband Stakeholder Group discusses the Digital Britain Report - 6 months on at the NextGen 09 Conference in Leeds on 16 and 17 November 2009

Kip Meek, Chair Broadband Stakeholder Group discusses the Digital Britain Report - 6 months on at the NextGen 09 Conference in Leeds on 16 and 17 November 2009

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  • 1. Digital Britain – five months on Kip Meek, Chair, Broadband Stakeholder Group 17 th November 2009
  • 2. General points
    • Focus on entire value chain correct – joined up policy-making
    • Unfortunate point in electoral cycle
      • Smaller bill?
      • Issues need persistence
    Content Creation Content Aggregation Physical Distribution of Content
  • 3. Possible to be gloomy …
    • ‘ Known's’
    • The UK has high broadband penetration but very little fibre (or next generation access – NGA)
    • There are some signs that the market is beginning to invest in NGA – BT’s and Virgin’s announcements
    • The competitive implications of the UK lagging in NGA deployment are unclear (as is the demand for NGA)
      • could be severe
      • could be immaterial
    • The importance of universality of broadband and its relationships with speed is not understood; take-up a bigger immediate issue
    • Small steps to improve the operation of the market could be cumulatively important
    • Deployment of next generation mobile could be significant for UK competitiveness
    • Gloomy Assessment
    • If universality, then 2Mbs ok, but more work needed …
    • “ Final third” will be an issue, but why now?
    • No one in love with it
    • Difficult to cast
    • BT anti, complicated by T-Mobile/Orange merger
    • Digital Britain Proposals
    • Universality at 2Mbs
    • “ Final third” Fund
    • 50p levy
    • NDPG
    • Spectrum proposals
  • 4. But let’s look on the bright side
    • Something workable will emerge from “Final Third” fund and 50p levy
    • Universality at 2Mbps will be a step forward
    • Important to cast further light on analytic issues
      • Universality vs. speed vs. take-up
      • Fixed vs. mobile
    • Spectrum policy important: good chance of making it happen
    • Many small steps are the solution
      • Rates
      • Standard interfaces
      • Progressive regulatory certainty
    • Right institutions are in place: NDPG, BSG, CBN, etc.