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UK Government to Trial 3 High Tech Broadband Villages by 2010

Posted: 14th Oct, 2009 By: MarkJ
The governments Technology Strategy Board (TSB), which is partly responsibility for implementation of the Digital Britain strategy, is proposing to run a new trial that would turn three UK villages into high-tech communities with superfast broadband networks by the middle of 2010.

This would apparently do a lot more than merely turn villages into well connected communities with advanced broadband technology. In fact the aim would be to offer services and infrastructure that is not available to the wider Internet.

Nick Appleyard, Lead Technologist at the TSB, told The Times:

"This is all opt-in with the option to opt out again. The user will get access to a whole load of sexy new stuff that’s five years ahead of the game that they just can’t get anywhere else, while service providers will be able to do experiments with the things and see what works and what doesn’t.

We are not talking here just about delivering services to a computer but about new ways to deliver TV, direct connection to electricity meters, connection to controls for light switches. There are also tremendous healthcare and educational possibilities, and all kinds of stuff in the public service domain."

The government claims it has no plans to scale its idea up to be a significant market presence, instead the development will be more about gathering statistically useful information and putting new systems on trial. No doubt some of the developments will get pushed into the mainstream but it's still too early to know precisely what will happen.
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