Ed Vaizey to take reins of Digital Britain

Two Conservative high-fliers have been put in charge of Britain’s key technology issues – broadband and implementing the Digital Economy Act.

Ed Vaizey to take reins of Digital Britain

Jeremy Hunt, the secretary of state for culture, the Olympics, media and sport is ultimately responsible for managing the digital and creative industries.

However, specific responsibility for telecoms and new media – including key policies on broadband rollout and implementing the Digital Economy Act – have been handed to Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries.

“Ultimately the secretary of state takes oversight for all these issues, for the whole portfolio, but Ed Vaizey has the portfolios for telecoms and broadband,” a DCMS spokesperson told PC Pro.

Vaizey, who is also a minister for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, will straddle the two departments while he tries to implement the copyright clampdown and other measures enshrined in the Digital Economy Act.

This dual role mirrors the position occupied by Lord Carter when he conducted the Digital Britain(pdf) report.

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