Bill Thompson, who works as an independent journalist for the BBC, wrote a good article on the Digital Britain Report and has some good insights and comments about the plan moving forward. I recently met Bill while working on a project for the Writers' Centre Norwich and he is a savvy guy who has some very valid opinions with regards to how technology can move forward. He probes in the right place and time, and I think he is doing this here with the BBC as I have a few similar questions also:
I could be wrong, but surely for us to be an industry leader in digital, we need to set our sights higher so that we can accommodate the new technologies that are arriving online and so that the average user can embrace them. I understand the logistics and cost of something like this to be rolled out, but if our connection to the internet is hindering us as a nation to economically evolve, then I think this needs to be ramped up further.
Despite my rant, I do have to mention that I think that the report sets a good foundation for us to develop further as the overall objectives for the nation (in my opinion) are very positive and should take support. My only concern is whether our realist nature is overtaking our drive to excel.
written on 17-Jun-2009
You want to know the reason why we get 2mb and Korea gets 100mb. British Telecom. They have a monopoly on the infrastructure and therefore no competition to kick them into shape. Oh the joys of government organisation privatisation:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT_Group#Privati ... ation