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Connecting Cambridgeshire
Digital Future
Liz Stevenson
@hokulele
#smartcam #cfi2013

Wed 30 October 2013
Cambridge Union
Interconnected elements
• Increase the availability of fast
connectivity
• Encourage SMEs to optimise their
use of digital...
Digital and social exclusion
100
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0

% not online
Next generation user

• Entering long tail of ...
Digital and social exclusion
• Digital inclusion activities
targeted at excluded
demographics – elderly,
disability, low i...
Fixed broadband – £45m invested
Strong growth in availability
and take-up of superfast
broadband in Cambridgeshire:
• In J...
Mobile and WiFi networks
• 94% of UK adults use a
mobile phone, 53%
accessing internet
• 15% homes are mobile-only
• 3G in...
Supporting businesses
• Over £4.5million to help businesses afford faster broadband
connections and make the most of digit...
• Consolidating activities to
deliver the interconnected
elements for a digital future.
• Costs and benefits are over
a br...
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Cambridgeshire Digital Future | Festival of Ideas 30 Oct 2013

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Cambridgeshire Digital Future | Festival of Ideas 30 Oct 2013

  1. 1. Connecting Cambridgeshire Digital Future Liz Stevenson @hokulele #smartcam #cfi2013 Wed 30 October 2013 Cambridge Union
  2. 2. Interconnected elements • Increase the availability of fast connectivity • Encourage SMEs to optimise their use of digital technologies • Support those not (or rarely) online & increase digital literacy • Increase take-up of faster connections • Establish Cambridgeshire as a place to test and innovate Infrastructure, including data Supply Products & content Skills & capability Digital Economy Business Demand Households Public service
  3. 3. Digital and social exclusion 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 % not online Next generation user • Entering long tail of adoption, 4 million households without Internet access: – 59% said they 'did not need it‘ – 20% indicated lack of computer skills – 12% equipment & access costs. • Growing pattern of access ‘anywhere at anytime’. • New, growing digital divide between next generation users and those who are not Source: Office for National Statistics “Internet Access - Households and Individuals, 2013” (UK households from 1998 to 2004. Great Britain households from 2005 to 2013.)
  4. 4. Digital and social exclusion • Digital inclusion activities targeted at excluded demographics – elderly, disability, low income. • E.g. ‘Between the Lines’ uses commemoration of the Great War centenary to collect/share memories and valuable archive material • Place-based approaches Source: ‘Between the Lines’ http://great-war.ccan.co.uk, ESD-Toolkit ‘Digital and Social Exclusion’ 2012
  5. 5. Fixed broadband – £45m invested Strong growth in availability and take-up of superfast broadband in Cambridgeshire: • In June 2013, 21% of broadband connections were superfast, compared to 8.2% in 2012. • By end 2015, 90,000 additional premises able to access superfast broadband. Source: Ofcom’s Infrastructure Report 2013 Update
  6. 6. Mobile and WiFi networks • 94% of UK adults use a mobile phone, 53% accessing internet • 15% homes are mobile-only • 3G in Cambridgeshire from all operators was only 41.5% in June 2013 • Public WiFi complements mobile networks Source: Ofcom’s Communications Market Report 2013 and Ofcom’s Infrastructure Report 2013 Update
  7. 7. Supporting businesses • Over £4.5million to help businesses afford faster broadband connections and make the most of digital technologies • Launching in January 2014 • Eligible companies will be able to apply for match-funded grants and one-off payments of up to £4,000 • Advance registration at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk/business-support
  8. 8. • Consolidating activities to deliver the interconnected elements for a digital future. • Costs and benefits are over a broad range of both public and private organisations. • Digital exclusion elsewhere in county matters to Cambridge’s economic growth and social capital.

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