5th February 2010
If we are to believe the “slip ups” from Cabinet members about the date of the General Election, the 6th May 2010 is only three months away. Although many people will try, no-one can estimate who will be the country’s next Prime Minister and government party.
However, as time gets closer to the date in May, the three main parties are starting to release snippets of their manifestos to encourage would-be voters. The Conservative Party are no different…..
Labour’s Digital Britain Report aims to provide 90% of the country super-fast broadband by 2017. The Tories say they will provide the “majority” of the country between 50Mbit/s-100Mbit/s by the same target year. Whether the word “majority” means more than 90% remains to be seen.
How this will be funded is also up in the air, the Tories propose using the BBC Licence Fee put aside for the Digital Switchover, moving away from the broadband tax that Labour has suggested.
Even though both parties propose different plans, at least they are prioritising the country’s digital future which surely can only be a good thing. For the full article please visit Samknows Broadband, however, I think a quote from George Osbourne (Shadow Chancellor) sums it all up:
“In the 19th century we built the railways; in the 20th century we built the motorways. In the 21st century, let’s build the super-fast broadband network. That will create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Britain.”