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Maria Miller MP Appointed to Oversee UK Superfast Broadband Policy

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 (1:10 pm) - Score 705

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed the Conservative MP for Basingstoke, Maria Miller, to replace embattled Jeremy Hunt as the government’s new Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). But what does this mean for the UK’s national broadband policy?

Hunt, whom last month re-launched the government’s broadband policy by calling for the UK to have not only the “best” but also the “fastest broadband of any major European country by 2015” and to extend its coverage beyond the current 90% (population) target (full summary), has instead been moved to the lesser cabinet role of Health Secretary.

By comparison Miller is being promoted from her current role as the Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and has historically supported Jeremy Hunt’s current proposals. At the original 2010 launch of Hunt’s policy she said, “reliable internet access is vital for business and education. A superfast broadband network will help boost Basingstoke’s economy and create jobs. It will also help improve life in our rural communities.”

Maria Miller MP, Culture Secretary, said today:

I am delighted to have been appointed as the Culture Secretary by the Prime Minister and am very much looking forward to tackling the many challenges that the role will bring.”

Overall Miller’s appointment isn’t likely to result in any significant change of course. Indeed aside from a few general calls and local campaigns for faster broadband, including support for existing government policy, Miller hasn’t really demonstrated any richer understanding of telecoms beyond that of pushing BT to deliver improved services.

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark says:

    Poor NHS. Still, I suppose Mr. Hunt can look forward to offers to join the Sky and BT Boards when he leaves Parliament.

  2. Avatar Sheffield Owl says:

    Her knowledge of technology is zero,zilch,nothing..good move posh Dave.

  3. Avatar zemadeiran says:

    Can we get some background on this lady and find out exactly how far her knowledge on the internetz extends to?

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Usually when you take over someone elses role there’s a handover period so.. Maybe Jeremy will be passing on his extensive knowledge to her. 😉

  4. Avatar zemadeiran says:

    Can ispreview request an official interview?

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      In my experience politicians generally don’t respond to anybody except the bigger newspapers and media organisations, although I will give it a try.. again. Occasionally you’ll get a reply but they’re usually too busy to bother engaging with smaller fry like us.

    2. Avatar zemadeiran says:

      Those who dare…etc etc

  5. Avatar Deduction says:

    “But what does this mean for the UK’s national broadband policy?”

    Nothing its still screwed

  6. Avatar Flake says:

    She has a Bsc in Economics,worked for an advertising agency then went on to become a marketing manager for Texaco before going into politics. Perfect for the job then,knows naff all about technology but everything about smiling sweetly to make her way up the greasy pole

  7. Avatar zemadeiran says:

    Sounds like frying pan > fire…..

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