Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 96 - 99)

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2001

MR STEPHEN A CARTER, MR PHIL KIRBY AND MR JERRY ROEST

Chairman

  96. Gentlemen, I would like to welcome you to this meeting, the second hearing in this inquiry we are conducting into the Government's Communications White Paper. I am sorry that the attendance is less full than it is normally, but some of our colleagues are involved in a debate in Westminster Hall, others are members of a legislative Standing Committee, next door, and because of this they have other calls on their time, but that does not mean that we shall not interrogate you severely and that we shall not take full and careful account of the important evidence that you will be providing.

  (Mr Carter) Thank you, Chairman.

Mr Fearn

  97. Good morning. Do you think that the Government is right to think in terms of a possible future universal obligation to ensure everybody has access to more rapid digital services?
  (Mr Carter) Absolutely, we do. I think our view on that would be the time-line of that ambition, the nature of the access and the type of digital services that they have access to; so we would endorse the ambition. But we would want, I think, to work in partnership to ascertain over what period of time, the nature of the access and the quantity and type of services that people have access to.

  98. Do you mean, working in partnership with the Government?
  (Mr Carter) Correct.

  99. In what way?
  (Mr Carter) I think the White Paper lays out clearly the need and the value of a single regulator, and as we move into a converged world the benefit of converging the regulatory environment seems to us to be a sensible one; and, in that sense, we would want to work with the proposed regulator, to ensure that the time-line was a sensible one.


 
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