www.infotoday.com December 2008
in high-speed internet by each of the low (less than 30%) penetration, and even further industry regulation to ensure reform of radio spectrum management
main factors that affect the development the stronger economies have poor cover- competition and investment, stimulation for wireless services.
of faster broadband. age in rural areas. The report proposes of the market for satellite services, and U.K. officials are also considering
The index shows that Sweden and the many of the same issues. On Oct. 17, the
Netherlands are leaders in the EU, thanks Department for Business, Enterprise &
to a competition-friendly environment as Regulatory Reform and the Department
well as skilled citizens and businesses Links for Culture, Media & Sport announced an
that can use advanced services. On the action plan to “secure the UK’s place at
other hand, poor competition may hold Frankfurt Book Fair the forefront of innovation, investment
back investment in advanced technolo- and quality in the digital communica-
gies and result in high prices. Social fac- Text of Jacqui Smith’s speech tions industries. …” The report, “Digital
tors such as the lack of digital skills, lim- www.press.homeoffice.gov.uk/Speeches/speech-to-ippr Britain,” will be published in spring 2009.
ited PC penetration, and poor spending EC Report on future of the internet It will contain policies and proposals de-
in information and communication tech- http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/eeurope/i2010/index_en.htm signed to encourage broadband develop-
nology also appear to be large barriers ment, digital radio, content development,
to further development. EC Report on broadband access spectrum release, information literacy,
The report comes after another com- internet business applications, and uni-
mission report that describes the exist- versal access.
ing European penetration of broadband “Broadband Performance Index”
internet and asks what can be done to http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/eeurope/ Jim Ashling runs Ashling Consulting,
achieve universal access throughout the i2010/docs/future_internet/factsheet_bpi.pdf an independent consultancy for the infor-
union. While countries such as Denmark, “Digital Britain” announcement mation industry. His email address is jash
Luxembourg, and Belgium are well-served, www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/media_releases/5548.aspx firstname.lastname@example.org. Send your comments about
new member states such as Romania have this article to email@example.com.
SLA Inducts Three
Info Pro Luminaries
Into SLA Hall of Fame
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) an-
nounced that three information professionals
were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their
work and contributions to the field of librari-
anship and information management.
Toby Pearlstein, retired director of infor-
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