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Six weeks is not much time to consider the ground rules “to establish UK communications and media markets as amongst the most dynamic and successful in the world”, but culture secretary Jeremy Hunt would like you to try anyway.

He is asking pretty much anyone with an interest in the internet to give their thoughts on what he should include in the new Communications Act, which he hopes Parliament to pass before the next election in 2015.

In an open letter inviting answers to 13 questions, Hunt said he wanted to keep an open mind about potential outcomes and also about the mechanisms needed to deliver them. “A new Bill is the end point of whole process, but we are willing to take action sooner where primary legislation is not required,” he said.

Hunt asks that proposals to change the present dispensation be supported by “strong and persuasive evidence”, but in no more than four or five pages.

Contributors can answer online, where the page limit may be non-existent, but before 30 June 2011.

Hunt is probably right to set an early date. After all, the memory of the 300 amendments to the Digital Economy Act, passed in controversial circumstances a year ago, is still fresh in many memories. All the arguments made then will doubtless be repeated in the next three years. How one’s spirit soars at the prospect.


Written by Br0kenTeleph0n3

2011/05/17 at 14:30

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