Department for Culture Media and Sport

telecoms and online

The UK has one of the most open and competitive telecoms markets in the world, and is at the forefront of online innovation.  We are responsible for regulating and enabling growth in telecoms and the digital economy, as well as facilitating the delivery of universal broadband.

A robust, modern and efficient telecoms infrastructure is vital to the nation’s economy. For many years, the UK has led the way on deregulation, in pioneering innovation, and in the early and widespread adoption of new services and standards.

The wider online sector is made up a range of diverse businesses and disciplines, from digital content creation to hosting, back-end services and e-accessibility. The digital economy sectors amount for nearly £1 in every £10 that the whole UK economy produces each year, and is an area of rapid growth and change. We create the conditions to foster that growth, and act as the sector’s voice in Government.

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