British budget seeks to eliminate digital divide with BBC digital switchover surplus

The broadband industry will be able to use the estimated £250m underspend in the BBC’s digital switchover fund to bring internet access to everyone in the UK by 2012, under plans unveiled by the chancellor in today’s budget.The Treasury has called for talks between the government and the BBC Trust “on how the emerging underspend from the Digital Switchover Help Scheme can be drawn on to fund universal service and take-up”.

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