Blow to Digital Britain

9:05 AM -- In case you hadn't noticed, U.K. politics is in meltdown mode, with expenses scandals, resignations, plots, and the election of extremists the order of the day.

Now that turmoil is set to impact the U.K. government's plans for a digital economy, with Stephen Carter (or Lord Carter of Barnes, as he is officially known), the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting, set to quit in the near future, according to this report from The Times..

Carter has been focused for a long time on creating a nationwide, cross-platform, multifaceted plan for the U.K.'s communications sector. His initial recommendations were published in January this year as the Digital Britain Report. (See Digital Britain Planned.)

The U.K. government positioned the plan as one that would "secure Britain’s place at the forefront of the global digital economy." EuroBlog begged to differ. (See Britain Botches Broadband.)

Carter is set to present the post-feedback version of his report next week, on Tuesday, June 16. Then, it seems, someone else will need to take it forward and try to implement it. That's a personnel change that's hardly going to help Digital Britain's prospects.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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