The Guardian reported that a national micropayment network is being developed in the UK, and could be active by next summer. It is funded via the government through the Digital Britain project.
The UK government's Technology Strategy Board has been charged with helping to fight piracy by stimulating models for legal downloads. It also has a £2 million fund to support those with ideas for applications and platforms. Currently, head of the TSB team Nick Appleyard told the Guardian, the group is working on a networking project "to join members of the public, ISPs, content publishers and other service providers together" and a public trial should take place in mid-2010.
Appleyard also commented that revenue models should be worked out together by content publishers, broadcasters, ISPs and banking providers: cooperation is necessary, he stressed.