The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment has announced her intention to introduce a Next Generation Broadband Project (the “NGBP”). The Northern Ireland Executive’s Programme for Government (PfG) envisages that a successful economy will be “characterised by high productivity, a highly skilled and flexible workforce and employment growth.” To achieve this, structural weaknesses in the economy need to be addressed that will facilitate the growth of the private sector including the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In light of this, the main objective of the NGBP is to deliver access for 85% of businesses to next generation broadband networks by 2011. The NGBP is intended to complement other government next generation broadband initiatives. Further information is available at http://www.detini.gov.uk/cgi-bin/get_builder_page?page=3995&site=10.