Inquiry into broadband speed continues

24 November 2009

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee holds an oral evidence session at 9.30 am as part of its inquiry into broadband speed

The witnesses are:


  • Ed Richards, Chief Executive, Ofcom


  • Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary, HM Treasury/Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Committee's inquiry follows the publication of the Government report Digital Britain earlier this year which outlined the Government’s plans to "maximise the benefits from the digital revolution".

Topics the Committee will consider during its inquiry include:

  • 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 striks the right balance between ensuring fair competition and encouraging investment in next generation networks

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