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Progress Towards A Global Digital Market?

Chancellor Hammond in his Party Speech contrarily also said:"Yes to a Europe that champions and extends the Single Market".  Hammond, of course, means here the "Digital Single Market" . Hammond furthermore said  ""Never, ever" to a European Army". I see! Note the Chancellors oblique reference here to "Ever Closer Union" . Simple question Chancellor: "Once you leave the EU, before the DSM arrives in two years, how are you going to stop them getting together without you"?  Thus could Hammond's statements be contingent on PM May and the JMB being willing to go "to war" to stop them as Cameron warned? If so, Cyber, Currency, Trade or Shooting War Chancellor? And don't Chancellor ever forget that the ultimate objective of war is peace? Oh Dear! And the Party faithful applauded this piece of political nonsense from the former Defence Secretary who should know better.

Thankfully, one "something"  that shall eventually save the UK is indeed 5G and the Forth Revolution, incorporating the Global Wellbeing Agenda and of course the Global Digital Single Market, co-joined to the EU Digital Single Market. However, will the National Government's be symbiotic or parasitic?

Currently the CMS Select Committee has opened an Inquiry into the "Impact of Brexit" citing the 118bn pounds of Digital products and services of which 43% go to the EU. How much is FDI funded?

We will still have to navigate OFCOM through the new UK Digital Economy Bill and understand what shall become of BDUK personnel in the scheme of things, especially for Spectrum Monitoring.

Essentially the Digital Economy Bill enhances the Statuary Powers of both OFCOM and the Secretary of State. It entered the Commons Committee Stage, beginning with the examination of witnesses on the 11th October with their HoC Report due by the 1st November. (Hence the new Cyber Security Framework!) The two key sections are: Section 8 Dynamic Spectrum Access Services which amends the Communication Act 2003 and Section 9 Statement of Strategic Priorities which amends the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006. Although the Digital Economy Bill is a product of self-indulgence (essentially intended to modify the governance of OFCOM and rectify the Communications Act 2003) one very real question is: shall it be fit for purpose for 5G or dead in the water when it finally achieves Royal Assent? After all, all sticking plasters eventually have to be ripped off once the wound is healed. 

Regarding its USO aspect, on the First Sitting Baroness Harding gave the following evidence: "At the risk of being dangerously technical, I think we all try to summarise in the form of speed, but actually consumers and businesses would say that reliability and consistency are every bit as important as speed. The small businesses that are customers of TalkTalk would say, "It's not the headline speed I need. I need it to work every single second when my customers are using the chip and pin machine in my small corner shop", for example. So while speed is a useful proxy, it is not perfect. The Minister gets to the nub of the issue: when you have a proper fibre network that goes all the way to the premises, you have upgrade potential. You just change the card in the rack of computers back at the exchange and you can go from 1G to 100G. You also have a much, much more reliable network. When it rains, water does not get into the copper and it does not stop working. The small businesses that we talk to are very cross that the fibre-to-the-premises roll-out has missed out a lot of business parks-not necessarily because they want speed, but because they want a reliable service where they can upload as much as they can download and customers can always buy things from them. I would therefore support being clearer in the detailed regulations that I presume Ofcom would set in specifying the service requirements for small businesses as opposed to consumers."

Heaven forbid Dido that we should ever talk technically to politicians! Importantly Dido gets to the crux of the matter. The 5G issue the UK infrastructure needs to address is fibre and upload capabilities and the dereliction of OFCOM. Then the rest shall take care of itself. 

This Bill Committee is jointly Chaired by Gary Streeter and Graham Stringer, with the Bill itself now being shepherded by Mathew Handcock (Minister for Digital and Culture), after the demise of Ed.

Both the Government and OFCOM replies to the CMS SC Report into Establishing World-Class Connectivity were published on the 12th October along with the Government Response to their Cyber Security Inquiry. Congratulation's here to Damian Collins as the new Chair, after Jesse was kicked up-stairs. More on these three important matters next time as they are naturally all inter-related as we progress towards True Globalization of S&T.

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