THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
Guest of Honour: Julian Ashworth, Director of Group Industry Policy, BT Group
This seminar focuses on next steps for the provision of broadband across the UK and the options to encourage greater use by customers and service providers of the 'superfast' network. The conference takes place in the context of the DCMS strategy document: Connectivity, Content and Consumers - Britain's Digital Platform for growth, as well as the NAO report, PAC and EFRAC select committee investigations into the challenges facing the rural broadband programme. Planned sessions offer delegates an opportunity to examine the emerging investment and regulatory challenges for deployment of the UK's next generation broadband infrastructure in the context of both the forthcoming EU measures to support the development of a European single market for telecoms and - as part of the UK Government's wider growth agenda - the options to encourage SMEs to utilise new infrastructure for competitive advantage. Delegates will also consider competition in the superfast market following Ofcom's recent proposals that ease consumer switching of providers.
We are delighted that Julian Ashworth, Director of Group Industry Policy, BT Group has agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar.
Dave Carter, Head of Manchester Digital Development Agency, Manchester City Council; Malcolm Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA); Andrew Heaney, Executive Director of Strategy and Regulation, TalkTalk Group; Paul Larbey, President, Velocix; Professor Chris Marsden, Professor of Media Law, University of Sussex; Tristan Wilkinson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Go ON UK and Matt Yardley, Partner, Analysys Mason have also agreed to speak, together with a speaker confirmed from Virgin Media.
Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Employment has kindly agreed to chair a session at this seminar. Additional speakers are currently being approached.