Margot James joins DCMS as Minister for Digital
The changes over a the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are now complete as Margot James MP has been appointed as the Minister of State at DCMS, otherwise known as the Minister for Digital.
The Minister for Digital role has previously been held by Matt Hancock MP from 2016 until Monday, and prior to that Ed Vaizey MP was the long term resident in the role.
Margot James is the MP for Stourbridge and it is a constituency with a very high level of superfast and ultrafast coverage at 98.6% and 91.8% respectively. What is interesting is that after the rousing speeches from Matt Hancock MP who had embraced the dream of much higher full fibre coverage the new holder of the Minister for Digital represents a constituency that as far as we know has no full fibre (FTTP) coverage at all.
One of the things that may help define how the public embrace the new Minister is how the announcement of the 95% superfast broadband target finally being reached is handled and ensuring that work for the broadband USO continues rapidly so that once 2020 is reached there is no long period of confusion for both the public and broadband providers. A major task ahead will also be encouraging local authorities to continue work to roll-out more superfast services and where at all possible utilise FTTP utilising the advantages of the gainshare mechanism in the original BDUK contracts.