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      UK digital public services praised in EU report

      UK digital public services praised in EU report - Telegraph
      The UK ranks eleventh among EU countries for provision of digital public services – up five places from 2014

      The UK now offers the most affordable broadband in Europe according to a new report.

      The minimum price of a basic broadband connection has fallen over the last year and people in the UK can now pay as little as 0.85pc of their income for a fixed broadband subscription – the best deal in Europe according to a new EU survey.

      Overall, the UK ranked sixth for digital performance out of the 28 EU member states. The speed of internet connectivity has also improved, with subscriptions for fast broadband increasing from 21pc in 2013 to 28pc in 2014.

      However, the report highlighted the need for progress in several areas such as the deployment of fibre, the number of trained IT professionals to fill the large and growing demand, and the integration of digital technology by businesses.

      The report, based on the EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), said: "A true digital economy is one where businesses take full advantage of the possibilities and benefits offered by digital technologies, both to improve their efficiency and productivity, as well as to reach customers and realise sales.

      "Businesses in the United Kingdom are not fully taking advantage of these possibilities."

      The UK has made significant progress in improving its digital public services in the past year, boosting businesses, the public and the public sector itself, it added.

      The UK ranks eleventh among EU countries for provision of digital public services – up five places from 2014.

      The country performs best in the EU with respect to open data. In the domain of health, for example, more than half - 53pc - of GPs in the UK use the Medical Data Exchang

      Active use of electronic Government services is also above the EU average, with more than a third of internet users in 2014, as is online service completion – such as registering the birth of a child or a new residence.

      Commenting on the report, a Cabinet Office spokesman said: "As part of our long-term economic plan we want the UK to have the very best digital infrastructure, more digital skills, and digital by default public services.

      "Last year we hosted the very first meeting of the D5 of leading digital governments, and it's great to see that the EU recognises our progress in making the UK one of the most digitally advanced governments in the world. But there's more to do, including to ensure that by 2020 that everyone who can go online is online."

      The report comes as the European Commission prepares to publish its Digital Single Market strategy in May, which aims to create the right conditions for European citizens and companies to make better use of digital technology across borders.

      By creating a Digital Single Market, it claims that Europe can generate up to €250 billion in additional growth and hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the next five years.

      Andrus Ansip, vice-president for the Digital Single Market, said: "The vast majority of Europeans are going online: citizens want to access online content, we need to make it easier for them.

      "A Digital Single Market can give them wider access, help businesses innovate and grow, and boost trust in online services like eGovernment or banking. The European Commission will help make it happen."


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      Re: UK digital public services praised in EU report

      A lot of data on that EU site.
      Did they really pay someone to put all that up there. Its over complicated. What a waste of time and effort the EU is...
      A simple few excel charts clearly showing it all would have been fine.

      As for the top comment about 'UK now offers the most affordable broadband in Europe', which I struggled to find listed in those reports easily.
      With sky offering free broadband to a lot of their broadband customesr last year and others doing the same, that surely has a big effect on that figure.
      Broadband along with TV and phone and soon the 'four play' make those stats pretty unrealistic for comparison.

      As for the ad push in there for an EU digital market, no thanks!

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      Re: UK digital public services praised in EU report

      Whilst the figures might be skewed by all the various deals on offer, I don't have any information on what is available elsewhere across Europe.

      Compared to the US our prices are far better for Broadband. Our freedom to choose different providers is also a lot better, even if most of us have to use BT Openreach's infrastructure in one form or another.

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      Re: UK digital public services praised in EU report

      Not found the US to be any more expensive
      I have a good friend who is from the UK and she now works and lives in New York, just had a conversation about her deal.
      She has a triple play FiOS (fibre broadband) option, that is a fixed price for 2 years and only costs her $120/month or about £77.
      That is a 75/75 mbps plan (upload/download), which being in the centre of New York she maxes out to.
      Unlimited calling to US, Canada and other with all the included calling options, which we are slowly starting to pay for. She does not use her home phone much. She works for a big US app software company, so has unlimited worldwide use of that via about twenty at last count mobile phones and twenty + tablets.
      400+ channels, and pretty equivalent package to having full movies and sports on sky. There are some premium channels, but the major US sports and HBO etc are included in her deal.
      The tv option is a premium one and is very similar to sky. There is a premium option which adds more recording and extra tv options. But a sky go option comes as standard.
      She does get a £200 a year payback deal with that, to use as she wants and her deal gives her free netflix.

      She laughed about the freedom to choose quote, she gets called, emailed and mailed for a better switch deal almost daily, that would drive us in the UK crazy.
      By the way her deal is with Verizon.
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      Re: UK digital public services praised in EU report

      Perhaps because she in in New York the choice is much more.

      Others have previously commented that the choice is far more limiting elsewhere.

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