The key objectives for shifting Britain to the forefront of the digital economy has been outlined in the Digital Britain interim report.

The action plan will help achieve five priorities that the government has identified:

  1. Upgrading and modernising digital infrastructure to accommodate switching over to digital television, creating universal access to broadband internet and improving 3G mobile services.

  2. Creating a dynamic investment climate for UK digital content, applications and services, to attract local and international investors.

  3. Preserving UK content, in particular impartial news, comment and analysis.

  4. Improving digital literacy to enable universal participation in the online and technological world.

  5. Developing the infrastructure, skills and take-up to enable the widespread online delivery of public services and business interface with Government.

The report spells out a need to: create a second public service provider of scale, possibly by top slicing the BBC licence fee; suggests the terms of trade will be reviewed; and addresses the digital future for radio.

Carter said: “The innovation, creativity and vitality of our communications industries rightly demand clarity from Government on its role and a framework for the future.”

“Delivering Digital Britain will depend upon a smart industry, working with a committed Government to produce lasting solutions.”

The final Digital Britain Report is due by summer.