The highly-anticipated Digital Britain report has been unveiled and includes key proposals for the future of the licence fee, broadband and a potential tie-up between BBC Worldwide and Channel 4.
Key proposals in the report include:
Universal access to 2Mbps broadband by 2012.
A fund for investment in the next generation of superfast broadband to ensure it is available UK-wide.
Digital radio upgrade by 2015.
Accelerating current and next generation mobile coverage and services.
Proposed new role for Ofcom to carry out a full assessment of the UK’s communications infrastructure every two years.
Introduce digital test beds to promote innovation, experimentation and learning around creation and monetization of digital content.
BBC licence fee: consultation on contained contestability, primarily to secure news in the nations, regions and locally.
A new direction for Channel 4, championing new talent across all digital media.
Guidance note and clarification on the media merger regime and an enhanced evidence role for the regulator in local mergers.
Support for independently funded news consortia to take over regional news on ITV.
Three-year national plan to improve digital participation.
Programme of digital switchover in public services.
A new ‘Digital Inclusion Champion’: Martha Lane Fox.
Revised digital remit for Channel 4 and a key role for BBC in digital development.
Guaranteed funding for three years for targeted marketing and outreach.