Broadband East Riding (managed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council) is part of the Government's national Building Digital UK programme (formerly Broadband Delivery UK), responsible for ensuring that every UK home and business can access fast and reliable digital connectivity.
Contract 1 of the Broadband East Riding programme ended in December 2015, with over 42,000 properties in the East Riding of Yorkshire benefitting from improved connectivity. Contract 2 provided a further 6,771 premises access to improved connectivity and was completed in December 2019. Contract 3 was completed in June 2022 and delivered gigabit-capable broadband connectivity to a further 1,371 rural, hard-to-reach premises.
The Broadband East Riding Programme team is currently working with Building Digital UK on Project Gigabit, which aims to provide gigabit-capable connections to some of the hardest to reach premises that won't benefit from commercial deployments. It is anticipated that a supplier will be appointed by Spring 2024 and delivery is expected to commence in Summer 2024.
The government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to everyone in the UK and is investing £5 billion in Project Gigabit to ensure that hard-to-reach communities are not left out. Building Digital UK (BDUK) carried out a Public Review to help identify areas in Lincolnshire (including North-East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire) and East Riding of Yorkshire (known as Lot 23) that may be suitable for future public funding for gigabit-capable broadband.
The Public Review for Lot 23 ran from 5 September to 5 October 2022. During this, BDUK invited stakeholders (including broadband infrastructure operators, internet service providers, the public, and businesses) to provide feedback regarding which areas were made up of eligible premises.
Following this, BDUK created an intervention area, which was proposed to the market during the pre-procurement market engagement. Once this concluded, Lot 23 then issued a procurement to the market, which took place between July and December 2023. It is estimated that the contract will be awarded in Spring 2024.
For further updates, please refer to the latest Project Gigabit progress update.