Digital Britain critical to UK competitiveness, Brown says

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Digital Britain critical to UK competitiveness, Brown says

Ian Grant

UK content for UK users, supported by a super-fast, universally accessible digital network, is what the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for this morning.

Speaking to 250 top communications industry executives at the Digital Britain summit in London, Brown said a Digital Britain was essential to preserving and enhancing Britain's position as a world leader in the global economy.

He said the creative industries, such as film, TV, radio and publishing, needed investment and legal support to develop and protect the intellectual property they produce.

Supporting Brown, culture secretary Andy Burnham said he would chair a global creative industries "cabinet" in October that would aim to find ways to protect intellectual property globally.

Business secretary Peter Mandelson called for a cross-government approach that aligns Britain's skills, infrastructure and innovation. This would ensure UK businesses could succeed in a "rapidly changing and increasingly competitive global low-carbon economy".

He said: "Broadband is not just going to underwrite the communications industry. It will redefine the productivity and competitiveness of UK companies for decades to come."

A version of this story previously appeared on ComputerWeekly.com

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