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The Digital Economy Bill was confirmed in the Queen’s speech on 18th November 2009, as being part of the government’s legislative programme for the coming months. It was published on 20th November and is now going through Parliament.
We will need to lobby hard over the coming months to persuade the government to accommodate our campaign objectives within this legislation.
The CWU is calling for:-
? The universal broadband ‘commitment’ to be strengthened under a legally binding universal service ‘obligation’
? Roll out of next generation broadband networks to all UK homes by 2017 to help close the digital divide and ensure all citizens and consumers can benefit from high speed broadband
? The Next Generation Access fund to be supported by mobile telephone operators as well as fixed line operators, to spread the burden more fairly across industry and consumers
? Exemption from the 50p per month broadband levy for low income users, many of whom will need support and encouragement to take up broadband
? Broadband applications and equipment to be accessible to all citizens and consumers, including those with disabilities
? A level playing field for competition in the pay TV market to encourage more choice, lower prices and greater innovation
? A legal requirement for telecommunications employers to provide workforce training, which is critical to the delivery of a successful Digital Britain
? Swift implementation of all of the above into legislation to help secure jobs and growth
There is no doubt that, if the conservatives gain power at the forthcoming General Election, all the benefits of “Digital Britain” will be under threat – meaning that society as a whole, and CWU members, will lose out.
The CWU is campaigning for economic growth,
Job creation and social inclusion in a Digital Britain