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Broadband East Riding public consultation now released!

User AvatarPosted by Jonathan Hall at 25/02/2013 17:17:09

Broadband East Riding seeks to transform broadband infrastructure in the East Riding in areas where investment is not already planned by the private sector.

This public consultation is intended to inform interested parties of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s intention to progress a notification of State Aid to deliver the following objectives (subject to funding) by 2015:


  • Make available a reliable broadband connection of at least 2 Mbps to the whole of the East Riding.
  • Make available a superfast broadband connection of at least 24 Mbps to 90% of the East Riding.

 

Broadband East Riding has secured £5.57 million of gap funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and is applying for European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to match the BDUK fund. Gap funding is where a subsidy is provided by the public sector alongside the private sector’s investment to make the build and operation of the network financially viable.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is leading a procurement process to secure a single private sector supplier to co-fund and deliver the installation of broadband infrastructure across the area. This will provide a wholesale access broadband network allowing new retail broadband services to be available for businesses and residents to purchase.

The European Commission (EC) requires that local authorities only invest in areas where they can demonstrate there is no current, or planned (i.e. within the next three years) deployment of either standard or superfast broadband. As part of the procurement process an application to invest in these areas, following public consultation will be submitted to the Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS).

This public consultation will be used to validate the proposed extent of the intervention areas and inform the project’s State Aid notification and tender process.

Please visit www.broadband.eastriding.gov.uk/consultation to view the consultation and for details on how to submit feedback.

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