Saturday, April 25, 2009

UK: Treasury review of OFCOM to ensure it strikes the right balance between delivering competition & encouraging investment in infrastructure

[HC 407] 4.41 The Government also recognises the important role that next-generation broadband can play in developing the UK’s digital communications infrastructure. In advance of the Digital Britain final report, the Government will review the powers and duties of Ofcom [Office of Communications] to ensure it can strike the right balance between delivering competition and encouraging investment in the communications infrastructure. In addition, the temporary increase in capital allowances for new investment, outlined above, will support businesses investing in the communications infrastructure. To stimulate economic activity, the Government has also approved ‘Digital Region’, a £100 million project led by Yorkshire Forward, which will roll out next-generation broadband to South Yorkshire.

Budget 2009 - Building Britain’s future

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