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Jeremy Hunt unveils Tory technology platform

March 11, 2010

Jeremy HuntAs the three main UK political parties vie for positioning ahead of a general election to be held by June, the Conservatives unveiled their “Technology Manifesto” on Thursday in London outlining the key issues they would address if they form the next government.

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude presented ideas on everything from improving broadband speeds to making government data accessible online.

Boosting broadband speeds would play a crucial role in stimulating growth by providing new areas of financial competitiveness, they said.

“This is central to the growth of the UK economy and will create hundreds of thousands of jobs,” Hunt said.

The Conservatives say they would break up the dominance BT has over the Internet and find a way to open up access to other firms.

“Our plans will stimulate a massive increase of investment in our digital structure by allowing anyone to invest in BT’s ducts and pipes,” Hunt told Reuters.

Hunt spoke with Reuters about Conservative plans in the video clip below.

Alberto Nardelli, CEO of Tweetminster,  a Twitter service aggregating political tweets, and Jez Kay of  Nowhouse, a video and music production company, also shared their thoughts after the talk:

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt:

Alberto Nardelli, Tweetminster

Jez Kay, Nowhouse

Comments

“Our plans will stimulate a massive increase of investment in our digital structure by allowing anyone to invest in BTs ducts and pipes,”

Surely, if the problem is that the ducts don’t reach far enough, then duplicating cabling in the existing ducts simply in order to compete for the same traffic can’t be part of the solution?

And what form will the proposed stimulus take? What safeguards will be in place to discourage telcos from simply “investing” in dark fibre (we had enough of that ten years ago) for no reason other than to get the stimulus?

Posted by IanKemmish | Report as abusive
 

brilliant IF its realistic to bring 100 Mbgs to most citizens – given so many now have very slow (or no) speeds, due to the old BT infrastructure of landlines – in particular aluminium lines, not fit for purpose for broadband.

will some citizens, who already are failed, continue to be left with very slow broadband, while the lucky ones will rush ahead with 100Mbgs?

i would argue for the universal human right to broadband, so that this provision is available to all, wherever one lives in the UK….broadband is a utility, not a luxury.

Posted by owlwire | Report as abusive
 

This conversation is going no where. It’s lacking the place of a good leader to head the things to come out on conclusion. I am waiting for ur quick positive reply.
Have a nice day, It is very helpful to know about different historical tourist places all the world. Thank you for providing such useful informations.The Conservatives say they would break up the dominance BT has over the Internet and find a way to open up access to other firms.
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