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Entanet has called for a new Digital Economy Minister to be appointed in place of Ed Vaizey.

According to Neil Watson, Head of Service at Entanet, a separate Department of Communications should be set up by the Prime Minister Theresa May

This, he stated, would mean ministers at the department would be entirely focused on telecoms-related matters, rather than also having to be involved with culture, media and the creative industries.

As a result, he believes it would require a minister who understands the communications industry from a technical perspective, including "its benefits, boundaries, limitations and how communications technologies can be applied singularly or in consort to give our United Kingdom the best opportunity to create a digital landscape and supporting economy of international renown".

Mr Watson suggested that Baroness Joanna Shields would be a better fit for the role than Mr Vaizey, as she boasts an extensive experience of technology.

Indeed, he said her background "includes everything from streaming video and audio, network storage, online marketing, social media and latterly championing the social responsibilities of the internet as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Internet Safety and Security".

He stated that this expertise suggests to his firm that she has the pedigree to continue pioneering digital technology across the UK.

Mr Watson added that Mr Vaizey has failed to engage adequately with internet service providers throughout his tenure as Digital Economy Minister, while his lack of experience in the telecoms field has also held him back and rendered him ineffective.

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