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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Therefore, the following categories were used to develop the NGA Broadband map:
Superfast intervention area:
Basic intervention area: