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Broadband Universal Service Obligation: consultation on design

31 July 2017
Closes on: 
Monday, 2 October 2017
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The Digital Economy Act 2017 which received Royal Assent in April, enabled the creation of a new broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), giving every household and business the right to request a broadband connection at a minimum speed of at least 10Mbps, up to a reasonable cost threshold - no matter where they live or work. Following this, the Government is consulting on the specific design of the USO which would be set in secondary legislation.
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Cabinet Office Data Science Framework

17 June 2016
Closed on: 
Friday, 1 July 2016
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Data science carries both huge opportunities and a duty of care. Technology is changing so rapidly; as are the public's views. In this new and changing landscape, this document is not about creating additional hurdles, but rather about making innovation easier. It does this by bringing together the relevant law in the context of new technology, and prompting consideration of public reaction so that government data scientists and policy makers can be confident to innovate appropriately with data.

5G call for evidence

18 May 2016
Closed on: 
Saturday, 18 June 2016
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The National Infrastructure Commission has initiated an Open Consultation: 5G call for evidence. The ‘fifth generation’ of telecommunications systems, ‘5G’, is widely predicted to mark a step change in digital communications, changing the way people, institutions and objects interact, which will have profound implications for the economy and society. However, despite such predictions, a precise definition of what 5G will encompass has yet to be agreed.

EPSRC Balancing Capability Call for Evidence 2016

29 April 2016
Closed on: 
Friday, 3 June 2016
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Balancing Capability is one of three strategies in EPSRC's Strategic Plan and is an important part of managing our portfolio of investments. It aligns our portfolio to areas of UK strength and national importance. Our strategy has enabled us to champion excellence and invest in research of the highest quality in addition to securing better value for the taxpayer. Through this strategy, EPSRC supports a balanced portfolio that nurtures both discovery and challenge-led research - a balance that is achieved through our engagement with the academics, business and government to influence, respond and adapt to a changing research landscape.
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