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What's Digital Britain mean in relation to ISP coverage and speeds?

Last Edit: 10/01/10

Digital Britain was a policy document that was published in 2009. The document outlined the strategic vision of the UK government in relation to digital communications systems and the Internet. The aim of the document was to keep the UK instep with digital technological advances, with the goal of leading the global digital communications industry. The document also outlined concerns about the social exclusion of people from low income backgrounds and rural areas, from accessing fast broadband speeds.

The stand out goals of the document:

1. One hundred percent broadband coverage by 2012.

2. The minimum download speed should be two Mbit/s by 2012.

The goals stated above were issued on the 29th of January, 2009. Many experts believe these goals will be difficult to achieve. Not only that, compared to other western countries, research companies, like Akamai, have suggested that the UK is increasing falling behind in terms of coverage and speed. The leading developed countries, South Korea and Finland could have average speeds which are fifty times faster than the UK's.

The Digital Britain report also led to a potential new tax of £6 per annum on home land lines to help achieve the following:

1. Universal urban and rural broadband access by 2012.

2. Create funding for super fast broadband technology.

3. Expand the 3G technology for mobile broadband access.

4. Create policy to increase broadband usage amongst low usage social groups.

The Digital Britain document led to the Digital Economy Act 2010 Act, a controversial Act of Parliament that introduced fines of up to £50,000 for a criminal offence relating to copyright infringement. Many aspects of the Digital Economy Act 2010 Act have been selved due to the difficulty of implementing them.