[UK] The UK government today announced that its Next Generation Fund will invest £1 billion to help bring “super-fast broadband” to 90% of the country by 2017, particularly rural households and businesses who might otherwise be left out of so-called Digital Britain.
The “additional” investment will be funded directly by the British tax payer as a continuation of the “duty of 50p on all fixed… → Read More
Potentially bad news for you UK readers. An amendment to the big Digital Britain report would kick off “hardcore copyright pirates” from the Internet. The amendment would require ISPs to tell repeat offenders to knock it off, or else. The cost for doing this—it’s not exactly inexpensive to keep track of copyright infringement, mail out letters, etc.—will be burdened by both the… → Read More
This is the second piece of government or state-related literature that in the past few days has equated Internet access with access to clean water and electricity. (The first was that French court ruling.) That Digital Britain report that I’ve been mentioning for the past few weeks finally came out today. The big headline: Yes, the Internet is Really Important Now. I suggest you at least read the… → Read More
Believe it or not, but some people actually refuse to go online! (I say we salute these people for being so brave.) This news comes to us from that Digital Britain report that I’ve mentioned in the past. It’s sort of a Doomesday Book vis-à-vis the UK’s participation in the digital world/economy, if that makes any sense. And today’s big number: 43 percent of adults in the UK who have no Internet… → Read More