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BT Bid for all Eight Broadband Procurement Contracts

BT Bid for all Eight Broadband Procurement Contracts

The UK Government’s Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey has ruled out the introduction of a legal Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband in Britain. This revelation emerges alongside Ed Vaizey confirming that BT is officially bidding on all eight of the currently active superfast broadband procurement contracts. BT’s move smells of both ambition and canniness; depending on one’s interpretation. The news should hardly come as a surprise however, given that they have already secured contractual rights for both Lancashire and Rutland,…

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Digital Inclusion Reports and Consultation

Digital Inclusion Reports and Consultation

A number or reports and one consultation document on the topic of Digital Inclusion were published on Friday 24th October 2008 by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). There is also a  discussion forum to discuss the main themes of the Digital Inclusion Action Plan. Links are on the CLG website but replicated here for convenience: Digital Inclusion Research Digital Inclusion Resources Delivering Digital Inclusion: An Action Plan for Consultation Delivering Digital Inclusion Annex: Public Sector Use of…

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Connect to survive? The implications of the digital divide

Connect to survive? The implications of the digital divide

I’ve posted a presentation to Slideshare that I gave last month as a keynote presentation for an audience primarily made up of local government staff. The presentation illustrates the growing velocity and volume of on-line connections being created in the wake of Web 2.0 and the prevalent demographics of those considered to be ‘connected’ and those who are not. I was trying to raise the awareness of the audience that being part of the on-line digital community (and in particular…

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Web 2.0 and bridging the digital divide

Web 2.0 and bridging the digital divide

I will be presenting at the Limehouse software user’s group today, 10th June, on the topic of Web 2.0 and the issues that local authorities face in bridging the digital. I will post my slides to Slideshare after the event. Feel free to share…

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