The past year has seen a lot of talk about 'closing the digital divide' and 'getting the final third online', with everyone from politicians seeking election to major firms posturing about how they were going to solve this tricky technological issue.
At the beginning of the year, the Labour government stuck to its promise of delivering 2Mbit/s to all by 2012 – a target that was met with derision by many in the industry and the Conservatives, naturally.
The Tories promised a far more impressive 100Mbit/s by 2017 and proposed that, rather than levying a 50p landline tax to pay for this rollout, they would take a portion of the BBC licence fee and use that instead.
Since gaining power the coalition has, predictably, recalibrated its plans and is now hoping to bring 2Mbit/s to all by 2015. However, it still aims to achieve its impressive 100Mbit/s goal and make the UK the best superfast broadband nation in Europe.
In December, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt outlined more strategies around its plan to provide this network, including £830m that will be spent on delivering 'digital hubs' to every community in the UK.
The government also called for a review of intellectual property laws, the creation of a single EU-wide patent and a reduced tax rate for profits made from newly patented technologies, all underlining its desire to create a Silicon Valley ethos in the UK.
But if there was one piece of legislation that dominated the internet landscape more than any other throughout 2010 it was unquestionably the Digital Economy Act.
It began the year as a widely criticised piece of potential legislation that numerous rights group and industry players hoped to have quashed, and ended by being put forward for judicial review after a successful legal challenge.
In between that it was rushed through parliament during the wash-up process before the general election campaigning started in earnest, and was the subject of many bitter feuds between rights holders and ISPs and pro-file sharing organisations.
In November, though, the legislation was put on ice when the High Court ruled that BT and TalkTalk would be granted a judicial review of the Act after judges upheld their complaints that it lacked clarity and failed to adhere to European law.
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