4/29/2009 12:27:00 PM
Digital Britain gets £250m cash injection from Government
Plans for universal broadband across the UK, as outlined by Lord Stephen Carter in his Digital Britain report, will be funded by the £250m left over from the ‘digital switchover’.
Chancellor Alistair Darling made the announcement as he unveiled the Budget last week (22 April).
Darling said in his speech that extending broadband was ‘vital to ensure the entire country and the economy benefit from the digital age’.
Meanwhile, the Government may allow O2 and Vodafone to keep the 900MHz spectrum they were granted in the 1980s, but will potentially ban them from taking any of the spectrum that will be available when analogue TV is switched off in 2012.
Kip Meek, the former Ofcom executive who has been tasked by Carter (pictured) to investigate how spectrum could be reallocated, is understood to have concluded that persuading operators to agree on spectrum allocation by the 30 April deadline is impossible.
Carter said in February that Ofcom would impose a solution on the operators if they failed to agree on the allocation of spectrum.