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State Aid Public Consultation March 2013

UPDATE 26 March 2013: The public consultation has now close. The latest information will be published on this website as it is available.

UPDATE 11 March 2013: The public consultation document below has been updated to provide more accurate mapping for the out of scope areas.  The intervention area remains the same.

This document 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 by 2015:

  • Make available a reliable broadband connection of at least 2 Mbps to the whole of the East Riding1
  • Make available a superfast broadband connection of at least 24 Mbps to 90% of the East Riding1

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

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).

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

It is therefore imperative that any operator already delivering or planning to deliver services that exceed what has been detailed in this document make their plans known to Broadband East Riding by responding to this consultation.

All responses (as detailed in the Public Consultation document) should be received by 25 March 2013. Businesses and residents are also encouraged to complete the broadband surveys in addition to responding to this consultation.

Project objectives are subject to sufficient funding being secured and a successful procurement through the BDUK procurement framework.