INTERNET SLOWDOWN

A Revolution Unplugged

ARCHIV - Bei einem Pressetermin der Deutschen Telekom nahe Kremmen (Brandenburg) zum Kupferdiebstahl ist am 30.09.2013 ein aufgeschnittenes Freileitungs-Telefonkabel zu sehen. Die Monopolkommission präsentiert am Montag (16.12.2013) in Bonn zwei Sondergutachten zur Wettbewerbssituation auf den deutschen Telekommunikations- und Postmärkten. Das Gutachten zur Lage auf dem Telekommunikationsmarkt steht in diesem Jahr unter der Überschrift «Vielfalt auf den Märkten erhalten». Foto: Patrick Pleul/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Political wrangling is holding up the government's digital agenda.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The government has big goals for improving its internet infrastructure but these are bogged down in bureaucratic wrangling and the divergent interests of different ministries.

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    • The government’s digital agenda includes an IT security law, expanding the broadband network, promoting startups and more.
    • One goal was to connect everyone to rapid internet of at least 50 megabits per second by 2018. But it was delayed because at first no money was budgeted.
    • The political parties are outbidding each other with new digital promises for after the 2017 election.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the digital agenda is one of “the most important undertakings” of her government “because the digital revolution affects us in almost all areas of life.”

True to her “We can do it!” motto, made famous during refugee crisis last year, she seems to believe the same in the digital realm too: “Germany can do it!”

Except that little progress has been made so far.

 

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