June 15, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (pictured) in a release today, announced publication of the Digital Britain Report, "an action plan for the digital economy."
"Digital Britain," said Brown, "is about giving the country the tools to succeed and lead the way in the economy of the future ... Investing in areas such as broadband access for every home and business and the move from analog to digital technology will bring benefits across the board, driving growth, enabling businesses to thrive, and providing new opportunities and choices for households right across the country. It is an essential part of building Britain's future."
Initiatives listed in the report include:
The report also addresses upgrades in the energy grid, phased street traffic lights and other transportation innovations enabled by digital infrastructure.
The Times of London said of the plan that the tax-supported BBC may face uncertain funding as new media opportunities unfold and the government's plan to stop digital piracy could lead to increased Internet monitoring.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.