It took Lord Carter, the minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, eight months to come up with the 245-page Digital Britain report.
The findings of the investigation pleased few and surprised even fewer by recommending a new tax, more bureaucracy and a bunch of new targets, but it posed as many questions as it answered.
However, it looks like the bureaucratic gravy train still has some distance to run as Parliament has decided to investigate the investigation. It will be carried out by the Business and Enterprise Committee and will consider the following topics:
- Whether the target for universal access to broadband at a speed of 2Mb/s by 2012 is ambitious enough.
- Is the Government right to propose a levy on copper lines to fund next generation access?
- Will the Government's plans for next generation access work?
- If companies are providing the speed of access which they promise to consumers.
- The extent to which current regulation strikes the right balance between ensuring fair competition and encouraging investment in next generation networks.
- Any other views stakeholders think the Committee should be aware of...
It looks like pretty much anyone can declare themselves a ‘stakeholder' and if you want to make the committee aware of any of your views you can, by emailing an MS Word document of no more than eight pages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee, which is comprised of MPs from all three parties, is following the same frenetic timescale as the original report, giving stakeholders only until 25 September to rush out their ten cents worth. There are some guidelines on submitting evidence to inquiries here.