Maria Miller MP takes over tiller at DCMS
Cabinet reshuffles in the last decade have usually been of little interest to the broadband community, but with around £1 billion of Government money, and local authorities investing similar amounts, the new boss at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport is very much of interest.
Maria Miller the MP for Basingstoke has been appointed as the new Culture Secretary, and we wait with baited breath to see whether she will be bring in sweeping changes and provide a strong vision, or will the existing status quo that seems to be how the BDUK operates continue.
The likelihood of Jeremy Hunt leaving this role, was made more certain when he publicly stated an ambitious vision for the UK to have the fastest broadband in Europe. The question now is whether that was a personal vision, or a collective vision of the DCMS, and thus will survive this change in command.
One disappointment is that Maria Miller does not appear to have a twitter account, and while twitter is far from perfect, it does make it easier for people to engage with the political process, and as a key part of the BDUK plan is digital engagement across the population, it will be interesting to see how long before the new Culture Secretary embraces the online world fully.
Many will say that a change of just one person cannot make much difference, but in regards to discussions with EU over delays regarding state aid approval for projects, a change may be precisely what is needed.