News: CBR pores over the latest Queen’s Speech for tech-related announcements.
The Queen’s Speech for 2016 foregrounded the technology industry alongside various pledges on the economy and education, with measures such as high-speed broadband and autonomous cars receiving attention.
The Digital Economy bill was a significant part of this, which aims to make the UK a digital leader.
The speech confirmed measures previously mooted that will provide a universal service obligation (USO) in the UK for 10 Mbps broadband. The measures said that the "very remotest" properties would be required to contribute to the cost over a "reasonable" threshold.
The bill also included promises to change planning laws so that this was easier to achieve, as well as a right to automatic compensation when things "go wrong" with their broadband service.
In addition, there were new plans to support digital industries by addressing difference in online and offline copyright laws.
The briefing document also set out plans for Government to use data to deliver better services, as well as share information to combat "public sector fraud which costs the country billions."
A separate bill, the Modern Transport Bill, would focus on encouraging investments in autonomous vehicles and provide for legislation to put the UK at the forefront of technology in drones and autonomous and driverless vehicles. This would require "appropriate insurance" is available for the latter.
In a measure designed to boost integration of technology with public services, the Bus Services Bill devolving more power over transport to local mayors also included a measure that would require bus companies to provide information on routes, fares and schedules to app developers.
This would allow apps like the London CityMapper to become available in other locations in the country.
Alongside these measures the bill focused on extending the Government’s existing economic and social objectives, for example what the Government refers to as the 7-day NHS and new rules around adoption.