The government has officially confirmed that a number of telecoms technology policy issues have been transferred from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Key areas now under the DCMS's remit include fixed and mobile telecoms policies, spectrum allocation, broadband policy and delivery, the Broadband Delivery UK programme, and implementation of the Digital Economy Act.
Ed Vaizey, formerly a joint minister between DCMS and BIS, will now report solely to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, although the government said that Vaizey will continue to work closely with BIS ministers.
Louise Lancaster, a telecoms consultant at Ayers-End Consulting, believes that the reorganisation is a semantic change rather than any fundamental shift in government responsibilities.
"The relevant ministers who have been working on telecoms regulation are Hunt and Vaizey, since taking power and when in opposition, and even when BIS and DCMA worked side by side Hunt was still the telecoms minister," she said.
"Who people report to is not really as much of an issue; it's what they do and how effective they are that's important."
However, former Digital Britain minister and Labour MP Stephen Timms was critical of the move, suggesting on his Twitter feed that the DCMS's remit is too large.
"Dismayed the cabinet minister for sport and museums has today been given responsibility for telecommunications and internet policy," he wrote.
The shift follows business secretary Vince Cable's comments to undercover reporters from The Telegraph which undermined his position on merger and competition issues.
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