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Public Consultation update May 2015

Summary

This document sets out the results of the East Riding Open Market Review, conducted during September and November 2014, and Public Consultation, conducted between December 2014 and January 2015, with the aim of finding where minimum 2Mbps and superfast (>24Mbps) broadband services are currently available or will be provided over the next 3 years across East Riding of Yorkshire, and thereby where, under state aid rules, intervention using public funds to increase superfast broadband coverage can be permitted. 

The results have been used to establish the proposed intervention areas for the project and are set out in this document.

Background – the importance of superfast broadband

It is now widely recognised that reliable, high-speed broadband access is now essential for homes, businesses and public services. From the Governments’ National Infrastructure Plan, published in December 2013:

“Digital communications capability is an essential part of the UK’s core infrastructure and an increasingly significant enabler for economic growth. The current revolution in the capability of information and communications technology is transforming the way we live and work. The government’s overarching ambition for digital communications is to harness the benefits of this revolution, equipping the UK to succeed in the global race by moving first to secure a stronger economy and a fairer society for all.” 

In November 2013, the Government published its UK Broadband Impact Study  – Impact Report. Key findings on the impact of broadband include: 

  • for every £1 the government is investing in broadband, the UK economy will benefit by £20; 
  • a significant short-term boost to the UK economy as the network construction adds around £1.5 billion to the economy; adding £0.5 billion and about 11,000 jobs in 2014 alone; 
  • long-term growth to the UK economy with public investment increasing annual GVA (gross value added, a measure in economics of the value of goods and services produced in an area, industry or sector of an economy) by £6.3 billion and causing a net increase of 20,000 jobs in the UK by 2024. 


Responses to the consultation

The public consultation sought response from the public and telecommunication and/or digital infrastructure suppliers across the project area and beyond. The Council contacted over 90 suppliers based on a list provided by DCMS and additional suppliers from the project area. The information was also available on the Council’s broadband website. The project received responses from 5 suppliers which impacted on the intervention areas.

Programme funding

In its recent public consultation for Broadband Provision, the Council informed stakeholders that it intends to conduct in the near future a further procurement exercise to deliver extended coverage of Superfast broadband using additional public funding of £5,000,000 to as many additional premises as possible.

During the lifetime of Phase 2 the Council may secure additional funding of upto £5,000,000 to further extend coverage which could be included in the proposed Call off Contract in addition to the £5,000,000 already announced.

Revised Mapping

As a result of the Public Consultation, the Council has revised its mapping that has been followed to develop the State Aid mapping of broadband coverage in East Riding of Yorkshire. The mapping uses a set of reference postcodes for the county, and applies to each one the European Commission’s definition of ‘black’, ‘grey’ and ‘white’, with the addition of a ‘conditional white’ category. 

These categories, as described below, were used to develop the Basic Broadband (download speeds of 2Mb/s or more) map.

  • Basic black: An area where two or more basic broadband networks already exist delivering affordable basic broadband (download speeds of 2Mb/s or more) or is planned to exist by the end of 2017;
  • Basic grey: An area is mapped as ‘basic grey’ where one basic broadband network delivering affordable basic broadband services (download speeds of 2Mb/s or more) already exists or is planned and there are no private sector plans to roll out a second similar infrastructure by the end of 2017;
  • Basic white: will be areas where basic broadband services at a minimum download speed of 2Mbps are not available at affordable prices and there are no private sector plans to deliver such services in the next three years. By virtue of this definition, a basic white area also includes an area where there is no basic broadband infrastructure, nor any investment plans by a private sector network operator to deliver such infrastructure by the end of 2017;
  • Basic conditional white: An area where there is a presence of basic broadband coverage (download speeds of 2Mb/s or more) from an operator whose quality of coverage or coverage plan is unconfirmed at this stage.

 

Therefore, the following categories were used to develop the NGA Broadband map:

  • NGA black: areas where two or more NGA operators providing superfast broadband now, or are planned to exist by the end of 2017;
  • NGA grey: areas where one NGA operator providing superfast broadband now, or is planned to exist by the end of 2017;
  • NGA white: areas where no NGA operator providing superfast broadband now, or is planned to exist by the end of 2017;
  • NGA conditional white 1: areas where some properties in a post code may be too far away from the network infrastructure to receive superfast speeds. This cannot be confirmed at this stage;
  • NGA conditional white 2: an area where there is a presence of NGA broadband coverage described as providing superfast broadband from an operator whose quality of coverage or coverage plan is unconfirmed at this stage.

 

Superfast intervention area:

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Phase 2 Superfast Intervention Area
Phase 2 Superfast Intervention Area - Click to enlarge


Basic intervention area:

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Phase 2 Basic Intervention Area
Phase 2 Basic Intervention Area - Click to enlarge