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The Broadband East Riding programme is working to increase high-speed broadband coverage across our region. With Phase 1 and Phase 2 having been completed, Phase 3 started in December 2019 and is currently still in progress, scheduled for closure by the end of 2021.
The Government's Superfast Broadband Programme has been delivering to premises with sub-30Mbps connectivity since 2011, and successfully achieved 95% superfast coverage by December 2017. In 2018, a change of focus led to the contracts now overwhelmingly delivering Full Fibre gigabit-capable technologies, with more than 390,000 FTTP connections delivered by the end of 2019.
To maintain the momentum of the rollout of high-speed connectivity across the region, the Broadband East Riding team has recently registered an interest in ‘Project Gigabit’, part of Government's £5bn infrastructure project procurement (launched in March 2021), which aims to deliver next generation gigabit broadband to more than a million hard to reach homes and businesses in the final 20% coverage areas.
Government's strategic approach for Project Gigabit is to make local, regional and cross-regional contracts available for broadband network providers of all different sizes to bid for. As part of this strategy, the East Riding of Yorkshire is paired with Lincolnshire as one of the large cross-regional procurement Lots, with this Lot scheduled to be part of the Phase 3 procurement.
The council is currently working with BDUK to agree a Position Statement to outline the details of this procurement and identify what opportunities exist within Project Gigabit, as well as formally agreeing underspends from previous phases and how these can be reinvested.
Phase 1 of the Broadband East Riding programme is now complete. Superfast broadband speeds of over 24Mbps were delivered to over 42,000 homes and businesses. The programme also delivered a reliable basic broadband service of at least 2Mbps to the remaining properties within the programme’s intervention area.
Following a State Aid Public Consultation exercise in August 2016, provisional approval was given to BT by the Council and UK Government to reinvest early gain-share funding and Phase 1 underspend back into Phase 2 to extend coverage by over 2,000 superfast premises. The total contractual delivery target of 6,771 superfast premises was achieved in December 2019.
The Council is actively engaging with DCMS about opportunities to make use of underspend funds to ensure that gigabit capable rollouts in the East Riding continue at pace towards Government’s recently amended target of a ‘minimum’ 85% UK gigabit coverage by 2025.
Phase 3 Overview
There are many broadband service providers which operate in the East Riding. The ones that the council is aware of are listed below.
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